Another novel that once again proves to me I do like Young Adult fiction; as long as it’s not by an American author.
In the height of the recession, Louise Clark loses her job. Being surrounded by a dependant family and a drive to do something, she takes a job as a carer for Will; who two years ago was hit by a motorbike and is now a quadriplegic. As the novel moves on, it emerges that Will cannot stand living as he does, and plans to end his life through Dignitas.
This novel is set around the time where Right To Die was heavily debated in the UK; and cites a particularly famous case that I remember discuss in depth myself at the time. It’s a difficult issue, and one the author sets out well. I think that’s one of the reasons this book is so good. The characters are very real; mostly because they are all flawed. They are selfish and wrapped up in themselves, limited by their own experiences. They are truly people. I particularly disliked Louise’s family; but that actually helped me get into the novel, as it just made it more real for me.
The author does occasionally switch perspective to other characters randomly during the novel. I really didn’t like this, and think it’s the only glaring flaw in the novel. It’s nonsensical in how it’s done, and it holds up the pacing of the novel while you adjust to what’s happened. In general, it adds nothing by having those alternative few perspectives either.
This is easy reading too, so a good one if you’re looking for something not too heavy, but with a powerful message. A good read.