Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Age Recommended: 14 and up
I chose this book for my next Throwback Tuesday because this book has been one of my favorite for a few years. I also had the opportunity to see the movie, and I can guarantee that this is probably the closest I’ve seen a movie follow a book; the cinematography was truly fantastic.
With respect to the book specifically, this is one of the most amazing stories that I have ever read. I can’t even begin to fathom how the author came up with this idea and the narration was flawless too. The story contains very few characters and all of them were very well-developed, giving the reader further insight into the characters.
Louisa has just been fired from the only job she knows. Her family is surviving on only her wages in the middle of a recession, so she needs to get another job, and fast. When applying for jobs, she immediately turns down all jobs that require intimate human interaction, which significantly narrows down her options.
However, she manages to secure a job as a caregiver for a quadriplegic man named Will. He was injured in a car accident, and has driven away all of his caretakers with his sassy comments and rude attitude. But Louisa walks in with her bubbly mood and manages to get through his wall.
One day, Louisa overhears a conversation between Will’s mother and his other caregiver, who are discussing Will’s desire to end his life. They have, per his request, scheduled an appointment for assisted suicide in six months, which is how long Louisa was hired for.
Upon hearing this, Louisa makes it her mission to change Will’s mind by talking her heart out, having fun, and maybe falling in love along the way…