Lou Clark knows a lot 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 don’t tend to read fiction books. I’m more than happy with my YA books but sometimes a book comes along that you just have to read. I noticed this book had become a movie and I didn’t want to watch the trailer until I had read the book and bloody hell did this book kill me!
Lou, after losing her job, tries a bunch of other things that the job centre sends her to but none of them work out. Then comes a job to help a disabled man, to be the one to look after him through the day. Her family are struggling and she takes the job because they know they are counting on her to help with the money. What she doesn’t expect to find is Will Traynor, the disabled man she’s tasked to look after.
Will is sarcastic and cocky and hates being in the wheelchair. His life was full of stunts and holidays where he cliff dove and bungee jumped etc. Now he’s stuck in a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident and can’t move anything from the shoulder down. He has little movement in one hand but other than that he’s stuck and he’s been stuck for 2 years.
At first he’s quite horrible to Lou but the more they get to know each other the more obvious it becomes that there are more than just feelings of friendship between them.
But Lou is on a 6 month contract because Will has given his parents 6 months before he goes to Switzerland and ends his life. Can Lou make him change his mind? Or will she have to sit and watch the man she loves die?
Lou is colourful and crazy and stuck in her small town because she’s afraid to live life to the full. Will is stuck in a chair, unable to move and had a thirst for life before the accident. Both of them are polar opposites of each other but come together in a riot of colourful, insulting and sarcastic way.
The dynamic between them was brilliant and I loved reading about their relationship and how it developed. I’m not going to say much else about the book in case I ruin something but all I’ll say is get the tissues ready. You’ll need them. And judging by the trailer and knowing what’s to come.. you’ll need tissues for that too.
4 out of 5 stars.