Published: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking
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 color. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
This is the most gut wrenching and beautiful thing I’ve read in a long time. This is the story of Will who has everything happening for him, he is living the most amazing life but all that comes to an end one day when he is involved in an accident. His fast pace carefree life is gone when he is left paralyze and now he thinks he has nothing to live for.
Lou is a quirky girl who lives at home with her crazy family and is searching for a job when she gets a job being Will’s caretaker/companion. When she first meets Will he is depressed and withdrawn and doesn’t want anyone or anything anymore. In time Lou is determined to make Will come out of his shell and want to enjoy life again. She wants to show him he can enjoy some of the things he loved in the past just in a different way.
During the course of a few months Will and Lou form a bond that is unbreakable and maybe have even fallen in love. But when Lou discovers the real reason she was hired it breaks her heart. Will’s intentions while heartbreaking sends Lou’s life in a tail spin, she loves him too much to stand by and accept it but on the flip side she loves and cares for him too much to not accept his wishes.
What I love so much about this book was how it was just so beautifully heartbreaking. It begs us to ask ourselves if we love someone do we accept something we find so outrageous for their benefit or can we really stand ground in our own beliefs? In the end I went with the simple notion that love does conquer all. When you love someone you will do whatever they want over your own wants. This is one book that will touch your soul like no other and one that demands to be devoured like the sweet treat it is.