For almost a year, this book was recommended to me often. Whether it was via Goodreads’ recommendations algorithm or Amazon...moreYou have to read this book.
For almost a year, this book was recommended to me often. Whether it was via Goodreads’ recommendations algorithm or Amazon’s “other people who bought this book bought” sales push. I always clicked through to it, read the synopsis, and thought no thanks. An able-bodied person falling in love with a quadriplegic? One, sad. Two, yeah right.
I have to say, I was totally and completely wrong. Stunning. That’s how I would describe this book. I’m amazed at how quickly I was drawn into the characters’ lives. Told from the point of view of Lou, the down-on-her-luck caretaker of Will, a surly quadriplegic with nothing but disdain for the world around him. Lou soon discovers the real reason she has been assigned this job – keeping Will from coming to self harm before a pre-set date, when he will make the decision to take his own life. Lou uses the time she has left to change his mind, and every step of the way you are hoping along with her that it will work.
Lou is endearing and sweet while never veering into nauseating. Will is surly and moody but never unlikeable. I mean, can you blame him? His parents are both deeply flawed and yet admirable in their love for their son. Lou’s family is also imperfect, but they were so human that you could forgive them. Every detail of this story, every character and setting, was nuanced and multi-dimensional.
Just… perfection. While this book is slightly political (without ever being preachy), it’s really just a story about humanity, which at its core revolves around love. In the past year, three books I have read have gotten a 5-star rating. I don’t dole these things out lightly. So give it a shot. (less)
This was a really interesting young adult book. It was a unique premise that hasn't been done before.
It touches on some serious issues, and for once,...moreThis was a really interesting young adult book. It was a unique premise that hasn't been done before.
It touches on some serious issues, and for once, the main character isn't immediately likeable. In fact, she's not likeable at all many times. It works, though, because she's relate-able and you can watch her grow.
Her love interest was also the sweetest, cutest character. Loved him.
I loved the ending of this book, too. Definitely not what I expected!(less)
I really liked this book and almost loved it. The author was obviously very knowledgeable on Italian and renaissance literature, but he was able to in...moreI really liked this book and almost loved it. The author was obviously very knowledgeable on Italian and renaissance literature, but he was able to include enough pop culture for the average reader to catch on to as well.
The lead male in this book is incredibly sexy, and the lead female is... occasionally cool. That's my only issue with this book. I occasionally had trouble identifying with Julia. She falls head over heels for a guy she talked to for less than 8 hours, and she won't think of any other guy at all. It just didn't seem realistic to me until later on in the book. I got to understand it a little more toward the middle/end, but in the beginning of the book I was just annoyed.
There is also enough suspense in this book to keep you reading even if the romance didn't do that. That's probably unnecessary though because the romance should be more than enough to spark anyone's interest.(less)
My reaction to basically everything that happened in this book: So what? Who cares?
The characters were flat and melodramatic, the relationship happened...moreMy reaction to basically everything that happened in this book: So what? Who cares?
The characters were flat and melodramatic, the relationship happened too quickly, subplots popped in and out of nowhere, and the main characters were sickeningly in love with each other, but the author neglected to include the entire month where this happened. What?! The book was less than three hundred pages and you couldn't fit that in? Not even a chapter about how they fell in love?! And on that note, the book was less than 250ish pages and spanned about a year and a half of the characters' lives. Needless to say, much was glossed over.
One of my biggest pet peeves in novels about college is also the portrayal of Greek life as a vapid, shallow, slutty institution with absolutely no merits. I was in a sorority, and some of the best people I knew in college were also. I find this kind of characterization is just as offensive as stereotyping any other group of people.
This book is selling for four bucks on kindle but I say don't waste your money. Get it from the library or don't bother...(less)