The Book: 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. (From Goodreads)
My Feels: OH MY HEART! Owwwwww!
Okay, I kinda knew what would happen in the end, so I told myself to be prepared and to not cry. And guess what? I didn't cry. I sobbed. Like fat, hot, wet tears trailing the side of my face as I clutched my kindle tightly, reading those words that broke me. Hopefully this post isn't too much of a spoiler, but if you've seen the movie trailer, then you have an idea of how heartbreaking this romance truly is (and if you haven't, I placed it below for you).
For me, it was more emotionally gutting than romantic, but that's because I loved Will. Though at times the pacing was a bit slow for my taste, Moyes did an amazing job with characterization with all characters, but mostly with Will. You could see his side clear as day and understand his argument. You could see why Lou had changed just by knowing him. And despite circumstances, you could see why the two grew to love one another. But to love someone, you also have to respect their wishes and I think Moyes did that beautifully (though she really battered my heart a bit). It's been awhile since a book made me cry or fall for a character so deeply, so all is forgiven Moyes ;)
Big thanks to Joan, again, for suggesting that I read this! If you pick this up, my only advice is to take your time and enjoy the story. I devoured it so quickly that I found myself crestfallen when it was over (like I literally did not get up from my couch for 20 minutes). If you've already read this one, comment below and let me know what you think! Will you be seeing the movie too? And how perfect is Sam Claflin for this role? *SWOONS*