Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
I purchased this book because I assumed, from the cover, that it would be a very uplifting story. In many ways it was but it was also an emotional rollercoaster for me. It is hard to really discuss the book without spoiling it for others (and trust me this is the kind of book that you don’t want spoiled, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to re-read it).
It is and it isn’t a ‘romance’. The two main characters fall in love. Lou and Will have amazing chemistry and I spent most the book waiting for them to kiss. However, this book is much more than a cheesy romance. It makes you think about things, sometimes uncomfortable ones. Will, despite all his wealth, is not living the life he wants. Neither is Lou, but she doesn’t realise it until well into the book. The premise of the book is that Will wants to commit suicide. Lou doesn’t want him to. Therein lies the conflict to the story.
I loved this book. I actually couldn’t put it down, because I just wanted to know how it all worked out. The characters are complex and the humour in the book really keeps you going. This is a book that I think everyone should read, because it tells an important story – one that is current and controversal. It makes you think about the day-to-day realities of news stories and really see it from another point of view, without being preachy.