This book follows the life of a quadriplegic man who just want to end his life. His mother, Mrs. Traynor, find someone to take care of him for six months; her name is Louisa Clark. She only have six months to change his mind, to make him think life is beautiful and he has a reason to live.
“But I want him to live if he wants to live. If he doesn’t then by forcing him to carry on, you, me – no matter how much we love him – we become just another shitty bunch of people taking away his choices.”
The first thing I loved about this book was its topic. Euthanasia is a serious and delicate topic and most of the people don’t like talking about it. If I was Will, I probably choose the same thing. Euthanasia is ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering… and I think it should be legal everywhere. Will have the right to take his own decisions, and every single person do to.
Lou was an extrovert girl who cared about people very much. She was the one who had to support her family and when she lost the job she had for years, she felt lost. Lou didn’t know what to do and when she found this job she was relieved. She took care of Will, and she loved him so much. I understood her in some way because who wants someone they love to die? No one. But this case was different, he was suffering and he didn’t liked this life.
Will was a very active man before the accident. He loved going out, going to work, being happy, having lots of sex. I understood why he wanted to end his life. He was a quadriplegic young man who couldn’t do anything by himself. What kind on life is that? People should understand him, and also, they should understand anyone who’s suffering and are thinking about euthanasia.
“Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”
They helped each other, they made an impact to each other. She made his last six months the best six months of his life, and he made her change her mind about life, he encourage her to enjoy life because she was young and she deserve to do it. I think they were quite lovely together, and they would’ve have a beautiful life together but… he had made his decision.
Jojo Moyes did an amazing job writing about this serious topic. I think not a lot of readers got the message of this book. This isn’t the story of a girl and a boy falling in love, this is the real story some people are dealing with every day… deciding if the want to keep living and suffering or just end everything. I was living the story while I was reading it… and I will carry it in my heart forever. I encourage everyone to read this story because it’s real, euthanasia is real and everyone should know about it. Hands down to Jojo Moyes.