This book is a little gem that can be easily overlooked if you look at it under a wrong angle. It is undoubtedly an easy read but it’s true quality lies not 100% in what is written and how, but by a great part in what you take out of the book. This book bonds with you at a human level, it resonates within you and it makes you care about the characters.
I think we all met Will at some point in our lives and that makes him ever so real with all his hopes and desires (or the lack of) and his misunderstandings and mistakes. Will’s story beautifully shows that neither of us is perfect as we all are only humans and sometimes we put on a show, and others might see right through it. Sometimes we are completely out of our depth, but try not to let it show and sometimes we just lose our way for a while. Neither of us lived our lives before so we all make do with what we think is the right thing to do, to want or to say. Combine this with other person’s believes, desires and anticipations and you end up with life as complex and complicated as it gets. But don’t we all have to deal with this? Didn’t we all go through relationships that were bound to end because of the accumulation of misunderstandings, bits of selfishness and half-hearted compromises?
As the saying goes, ‘there are two sides to every story’ and this book portrays both of them beautifully. Every each of us can find a part of us in this book and that’s what makes this book excellent.
I think I should mention one more thing, I came to a conclusion that with this book it really matters how old you are. I can only write from my experience, but I believe that in most cases, if you are in your teens or twenties you will not get the full punch from this book. Once you reached thirty you take the first stock of your life and you change your views slightly and you start to think about things you never thought before and even see relationships in different light. And once you reach this certain maturity, that’s when I think you will enjoy the book the most. I say this without any prejudice and if you are so lucky to be young and have a great insight into life, then good for you, go ahead and enjoy the book.
I hope that anyone who is going to pick up this book will have such a pleasurable read as I did.