Lou Clark lives a simple life with her family in a cramped home where money is always tight. After being fired from a job she loves, but is definitely not all she could be doing with her life, she ends up getting a job helping a man who has been in a motorcycle accident. That man, Will Traynor, was once an athletic-daredevil-playboy-businessman, and now he can't even make decisions for himself. Well, except for one.
I had seen this book in an airport exactly a year ago when going to Sweden and put it back for reasons unknown. Probably because I already had three books I wanted to buy. So when I was in the airport again for my trip to Scotland and England, I had my eyes peeled for it. Reading the back of the book gave me an inkling that it was going to be my favorite kind of love story, where at first the two characters don't particularly like each other. I also knew it was going to be sad in some capacity. Then I started reading the little blurbs inside the book and realized it was going to be really sad. I had to pump myself up, thinking okay, I can do this, I don't mind crying openly in an airport, I've certainly done it before when reading other books. But I wasn't prepared for this. I started it halfway through the plane ride home and despite getting back extremely late and the obvious jet lag, I had to finish it. I don't want to say too much, which is why the previous paragraph is so sparse, it's just one of those books you don't want to ruin by describing it to someone. But I can assure you it will make you giddy for Lou and Will's smallest triumphs and question everything you once thought. It is just a beautiful, beautiful book, and I highly recommend it.