I’ll start with this word because it pretty much sums up my experience of reading this book.
I picked it up as a friend of mine said it was her favourite book, and I’d seen the sequel, ‘After You’, hauled by people on Youtube and also in Waterstones. I was intrigued.
I started this book knowing nothing about it, and with the misconception that this was going to be your bog-standard chick-lit novel. No, and no. I was so wrong.
This is the story of Will Traynor, who is involved in a life-changing accident at the beginning of the novel, and Lou Clark, a recently unemployed waitress who doesn’t really know what to do with her life and stumbles into a new job that involves caring for Will. What follows is the story of their relationship, and how each of them will change the other forever.
I learnt so much reading this book – it was a real eye-opener in terms of disability and the realities of living life as a paraplegic. But that wasn’t the reason I loved the book so much. Put simply, it touched me, and they are very few other books (if any) that have had this affect on me. Seriously, I cried at the end, and I spent days afterwards thinking about what happened.
It was only after I finished the book that I found out about the movie coming out in June of this year. The trailer was released earlier this week and I left it until today to watch it as I knew I was going to write this post this afternoon. And it’s safe to say that I’m already very excited after seeing this film – especially because of the cast they have picked out: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman and Charles Dance all feature. It’ll be interesting to see how Emilia Clarke plays Lou – at the moment I can’t get her as Daenerys Targaryen out of my head, but I’m sure she’ll be brilliant.
If you haven’t read this book, you need to go and pick it up now. You won’t be disappointed! Meanwhile, I’m off to buy the sequel…