My only couple of criticisms are that the book is short and at some points it is a little slow moving. If I put the book down whilst reading it, I would have an internal conflict whether to pick it back up and finish it, because it was so depressing and I had a strong idea of who would die.
Nonetheless, I finished it in tears. It wasn’t even just the ending that caused my eyes to rain – it was things said to Mia in the hospital, by her Grandpa and Kim and Adam – her memories with Teddy and her mother and father. I grew attached to the characters easily - I loved the quirkiness, the diversity of each character, and how each had their own story. It certainly made me physically ache for Mia, literally getting ‘feels’, more than I’ve experienced in a while.
My edition also had a playlist and reasons for certain songs in and for the book. It helped me understand more of the book, to not only see it but hear it too. I thought it was a wonderful idea and touch to the book, so thank you Gayle, for the extra effort.
I both can and cannot wait for the movie. I have a strong feeling I’ll cry through several boxes of tissues, but I really want to see the beautiful characters in my head, in front of my eyes.