Will Traynor was once a handsome, young, successful, vivacious man living in London. Now, after a tragic accident, he is a 35-year-old quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair and his parent’s house in a small English town for the rest of his life.
Louisa (Lou) Clark is a quirky, 26-year-old recently unemployed waitress in a long-term, dead end relationship, living at home with her financially struggling family in the same small English town.
When Lou, desperate for work to help support her family, interviews for a job as a caregiver she never expects to get the job - she's not in the least bit qualified. But Will's mother isn't looking for a nurse, she's looking for someone to spend time with Will and hopefully cheer him up. Lou is to start immediately.
What begins as an uncomfortable situation (Will is rude and frustrated, Lou doesn't know what to do except clean everything) turns into the most incredible friendship. Lou will do whatever it takes to make Will happy, and Will is convinced that Lou is selling herself short and encourages her to follow her dreams.
This is not your average love story. It's a story of an unlikely friendship that develops at a time in two people's lives when they need it the most, even if they don't realize it. It may not be literary genius, but Moyes has written an original story that tackles the ethics of the right to die and friendship in an easy to read novel that will make readers fall in love with her characters.
Two quick suggestions - don't read this one in public and make sure you have plenty of tissue.