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.
This insomniac's opinion:
See the picture of the cover up there? Yeah, that one- the frilly pink cover with the shadow of a girl setting a bird free. Disregard that image. There is also another cover that is bright red with swirly letters. Disregard that cover, as well. Because this book is not a swoony, oh-I-can't-believe-how-romantic-he-is novel. It is a novel about love, but not conventional romantic love. And, there certainly is no Sleepless in Seattle ending, my friends.
With that disclaimer out of the way, I must tell you how much I loved and adored this novel. Yes, there were moments that reeked of Velveeta cheesiness. But, very few of those. It was full of ups and downs and revelations about each other- just like in any other romance. The characters were likeable from the start, but by the end of the novel I was rooting for their happiness as surely as if I actually knew and loved them. And, oh my, the ending. It is the ending you know is coming, but desperately hope will not happen. Luckily, I had just opened a new box of tissues. I used quite a few of them and will probably have a puffy face for the rest of the day. Tears aside, it was an unforgettable end to an unforgettable novel.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes!Yes!Yes! Once you start, you will voraciously read until the end.