Let me just say, this was an overwhelming experience. I did not sob like everyone said they did while reading it. But I did cry a bit at the end. I started the book knowing what it was about (what Will wanted to do) and it was okay, I didn’t think it actually affected my reading experience. I don’t think I’d change a thing about it, I fell in love with every single character in this book. Jojo Moyes bared down every single character down to their very soul. She took her time with building up each one’s personality so delicately, down to the most minor ones. I think she made the readers agree with a very sensitive paradox. I thought Clark’s character transformation was utterly stirring. And the title fit perfectly. Did I expect the book to be better? Probably. I think the author was pretty brave to handle such a precise concept, so I give her credit for that.
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.