This book has been on my to-be-read list for a long long time, since I’ve watched the movie in 2009. I loved the story then and love it even more after reading the book.
Even though I already knew the plot, I still had tears while listening to the audio book.
This is a beautiful love story, set in beautiful settings and a span of 20+ years. It’s a long book worth savoring. I thought I would be confused with the timeline going back and forth but it was actually easy to follow. I stayed up many late nights because I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I loved the way the narrative switched between Henry’s and Clare’s perspectives. I loved the way it moved around in time, so that events would come together later.
There is some science fiction in the story and I found that part interesting, but the heart of this book is about the couple. It’s a good plot and I realized that everything happening in the story seemed fated and the story comes full circle.
“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
“Time is priceless, but it’s Free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You can spend it. But you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”
When Bernadette disappears, her daughter is convinced Bernadette just wouldn’t go without a good reason. She’s the one who pieces everything together but not before the reader is taken on a journey to learn what exactly drove Bernadette to leave.
This is a fast paced book with a lot of humor in it. I enjoyed reading the adventures and reading about this quirky life. I don’t know anyone personally that lives like Bernadette (but I can sympathize with her), or know someone that lives in Seattle but I still found the description funny. The format of the book is a series of emails, letters and funny commentary. Cute and funny read.
“That’s right,’ she told the girls. ‘You are bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”
“There’s a story that during the filming of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola had a sign on his trailer: “Fast, Cheap, Good: Pick Two.”