Let me be honest, I have not read many modern love stories. I was raised on the fairytale-like Classics. My first love in literature was Jane Austen, I loved the way she put sentences together and the depth of emotion that she conveyed in a time where a woman’s emotions were often undervalued. Though I have a great love for the Regency Era, I have not limited myself but have read many mystery novels, books and literature from the early and mid-20th century, along with a hefty amount of Shakespeare (thanks to Ms. Vanhoose, my high school English teacher), and several other plays.
When approaching this book, I was a little wary. I have tried several modern romance novels but to no avail. I never felt connected to the characters and the relationships felt so shallow. So I was elated when I started reading this book! The story was inviting and had poignant characters that gave this story the depth I was hoping for in a modern romance. The connection between Luisa Clark and Will Traynor (this is a link to the movie trailer, in case you aren’t one the million people who’ve watched it LoL) is not only realistically romantic, and quite funny – in a quirky way, which I love!
For those of you who know the ending, having read the movie critic’s review or the book, all I am going to say is that the book nor the movie condones “Dignitas”. The point the author was trying to make when writing the book is that we must give those who seemingly are helpless the choice to live their lives and let them speak for themselves and that despite our best efforts we cannot change someone.
As a Christian, the conclusion of the book, and the movie is a hard one for me. Because I believe there is always hope and that a handicap or a terminal illness will not impair your life or change who you are, if you combat it with God’s love and grace. I’m not going to say anymore because I don’t want to ruin the movie or the book for those of you who want to read it.
I definitely recommend this movie, you will laugh a little and fall desperately in love 🙂
Much Love xx