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on 23 July 2017
A friend recommended this to me. They obviously don't know me as well as they thought they did! I work with disabled people and found this book just didn't reflect my view of the disability world. I didn't finish it.
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on 4 June 2017
don't like her books, can't explain it, I find them depressing
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on 28 January 2017
Avoid this book as it is a boring story supported by depressing characters.
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on 16 June 2016
Trite, poorly written, formulaic, disappointing
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on 16 January 2017
I just don't understand why everyone loves this book so much. Completely predictable and boring.
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on 29 March 2017
Very boring book.
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on 29 November 2016
Oh dear... is there a tired, over-worked class cliche that is not trotted out in this chick-lit confection? Working-class Louisa has lost her job in a cafe and finds work as a carer for Will, a quadriplegic upper middle class young man who lives 'on the other side of the castle' in their picturesque country town, an unidentified place that is a magnet for tourists and feels rather like Devon or Cornwall. Louisa, at age 26, still lives with her parents and helps fund the family as her father has a poorly paid position in a factory and senile Grandad lives with them too. Ah, working class life! The house is shabby, they eat poor food, never read books, are not articulate or well travelled. Our Louisa, however, is loveable and quirky with an offbeat fashion sense that sets her apart from her peers in their parochial town. Will is (as you can probaby guess) cultured, well-travelled, adventurous, cosmopolitan, privately educated, a graduate and a former big noise in the city before an accident caused his disability. No surprises here. Louisa with her sassy working-class style charms Will; strong feelings between them develop against the backdrop of Will's intention to end his life at a Dignitas facility in Switzerland after 6 months have passed. Will he do it or not? This forms the central tension of a predictable novel that seems to be an excuse to trumpet every boring class cliche ever recorded in British fiction. The writing is adequate but very lazy and rather sneery. The premise is mildly diverting and will probably translate into a cracking tear-jerker of a film. I know this review is going to attract many negative votes as the book seems to have myriad fans, but I am just not feeling it. I am calling it as I see it.
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on 17 March 2017
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on 9 November 2016
Excellent read
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on 15 March 2016
Sadly this book is a very broad brush account of disability. Its plot points are predictable and often inconsistent - Louisa's volte face is a poorly conceived cop-out. Populist but unsatisfying.
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