- Thursday, 27 March 2014 -

Book Review: Love and Loss

Hello my lovelies, hope everyone's having an enjoyable evening! This particular post is for all you hopeless romantics out there, these books will make your heart melt. I'm not notably fond of romance novels, however these books do harbour a common theme - the joys and miseries of life. 

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes: This is one of those books that stays with you long after being read - it's poignant, passionate and painful. Our quirky protagonist Lou is lacking in life direction, that is until her world collides with Will, a man who's life was turned upside down after a fatal motorcycle accident. Will is a victim of his own body and can't walk, can't feed himself, can barely live. That is until Lou enters his life in a riot of colour and becomes his carer. Lou has hardly lived at all, still inhabiting her parents house and working comfortably in a cafe, she is the polar opposite of Will, who was once a thriving businessman, relishing life's every experience. As fate would have it, their paths cross and both their lives are changed forever. This book left me in such an emotional stupor, that every time I think about it, my heart aches. In a nutshell, this novel is about both love and loss - the love that blossoms between these two unlikely entities and the loss of life, being alive but not living. 

One Day - David Nicholls: I'm just going to put it out there first and foremost - the movie itself did not do this wonderful book justice. From the moment I picked up this novel, I was completely besotted by it. Corresponding with Me Before You, Dexter and Emma, our protagonists of One Day don't seem to have much in common apart from the fact that they're madly in love with each other. It's the classic case of extrovert boy meets introvert girl and their lives are altered forever. After having originally encountered at university, Dexter and Emma decide to dedicate one day a year together in order to preserve their memory of first meeting, the 15th of July. The remaining days of the year are spent in a struggle to find themselves, be that in work, other relationships etc. Because the book has a yearly narrative, you truly do feel like you're growing up with them, watching their love mature before your very eyes. One Day made me laugh, cry and question the complexities of life itself and how two differing souls become so easily intwined together forever.

"Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance." - One Day.
What good books have you read recently?

  1. Ohhh, I really want to check these two out! They seem really amazing!

    I love Nicholas Sparks novels. They have the romantic side without a doubt but at the same time they are not just sappy. They talk about real struggles that one may encounter in life.

  2. I really want to read Me before You. it sounds really interesting.
    I'm not fond of romantic novels... i do however seem to accumulate mills and boon novels that i've never read and 50 shades of grey are on my book case.. which is a load of shite. :')

  3. Great reviews :) Think I'll download both onto my kindle ready to read in the sun on my holiday!!

    Hayley xx


  4. Definitely want to read One Day. I use the Kindle app on my phone so I shall probably download it next! Right now I'm reading Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. It's interesting and I'm enjoying reading it, I'm just sort of stuck between whether I love it or like it haha.

  5. I haven't read either but I've seen One Day the movie. It shocked the hell out of me! I really liked The Fault In Our Stars I know it's cliche but I read it before I knew it was becoming a film, also The Pact by Jodi Picoult had me crying like a baby.. lol Shameful but true!

    Sal/ http://novarellie.blogspot.com.au

  6. Finally a book review where I've read one of the book ;)
    I've read One Day and I agree the movie is not the same at all. Although I did se the movie first so I knew what was going to happen, but it's so much sadder in the book.

  7. I read Me Before You earlier this year and really loved it. Also read One Day but it clearly wasn't really memorable enough for me - I can't remember whether I did enjoy it or not xD I think I probably did at the time...

  8. I really really want to read One Day, I think I borrowed it from the library a while ago but never got around to reading it before I had to return it, but I'm definitely adding it to my "to read" list!

    Yet Another Makeup Blog.

  9. Looks like I need to read this book! :)

  10. Have you read the Fault in our Stars yet?
    If you liked these you would like that!


  11. I read One Day a few years ago and fell in love with it! I can just read and re-read it! The film was pretty good if you haven't read the book, but my god it didn't do it justice at all! I think it was because most of the book is internal dialogue which is hard to get across in a film. (That and Anne Hathaway's accent wasn't remotely Yorkshire. Being from Leeds, it was embarassing! And I usually LOVE her!) I'm going to stop ranting now anyway. Summary: Okay film, GREAT book! x