Anyone who has ever met me, knows how much I love to read.
I hated it as a child, I was always outside, my legs were full of bruises and scrapes, until one day, my sister brought home the first Harry Potter.
I haven't stopped reading since and it's quite rare that I find a book that makes me think about myself and my life as much as this one did.
A huge thank you to my friend Alma for taking this photo!
The blurb: 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.
Honestly it was the cover that drew me to this book. I think it's positively stunning and honestly, based on the cover and the blurb alone, I was expecting an easy beach-read.
That's definitely not what I got.
It was still very easy to read, but the way that this book is written, makes you think about everything - life, love, happiness, health and how often we take those things for granted.
I was in tears several times and honestly for a week after I finished it, I had a knot in my stomach and a lump in my throat, every single time I thought of it.
The way that Jojo described what each character was thinking and feeling (you also get to read chapters written from the perspective of other characters, not only Lou) was so intense and real, that I felt like I was living it myself.
It was an emotional roller-coaster! I was laughing, crying, I had butterflies in my stomach, but most of all, for the first time in a long time, I felt the need to do something, meet people, live life and smile as much as I possibly can.
I finished this book in about 3 days (I could have done it in one, but this stupid thing called work kept getting in the way!) and if you decide to read it as well, I must warn you: a box of tissues is necessary!!
I'll definitely be checking out more of Jojo's works!
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