It’s time for another Bahlsen Book club book review post – I wanted to get this one written up quickly because I didn’t want to risk loosing any of the incredibly strong emotions that this book evoked for me. I really was amazed by this story, it was beautiful in so many ways but also utterly tragic and also happy. Yup, a couple of contradictions in there, but that’s how most books should be; if they were all one dimensional we’d not love them like we do.
Kelly Rimmer’s ‘Me Without You’ is, essentially, a love story. It tells the tale of Callum Roberts and the dirty footed woman he meets on the ferry home, one day; Lilah. There’s no preamble to this book, we go straight to Callum and his first interaction with Lilah when he’s disgusted by her filthy feet but looks up to find that they belong to a captivating lady.
‘Me Without You’ is written beautifully, you’ll never get stuck on any awkward grammar, you are always, totally immersed by the story which is, in part, due to the story and in part due to the stunning writing. You’re told the story from differing points of view; sometimes Callum, sometimes by Lilah – The chapters really belong to each of the characters, they work perfectly to allow you insight in to each of their worlds and it’s told so well that each of their personalities shines through.
I started reading the book on an afternoon and it was, instantly, captivating. The love story is beautiful, it’s heady and a real whirlwind but behind all of that you can tell there’s something else – There’s something hidden and untold and as the story plays out you begin to understand why, and what it is that’s happening.
If you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know I don’t like giving away the plot and it’s going to be no exception this time. What I will tell you, though, is that following the afternoon I started reading this I was up until 3am because I couldn’t put it down. The story is simple but it’s utterly compelling and you just have to find out what’s going to happen, and sometimes it’s not even about what’s going to happen but how, and why; it’s just about how it’s written and how you can’t stop until you know it’s the end and there’s no more to hear.
This book made me cry, it made me cry more than any book ever has. Of course I’m not going to tell you if it was happy tears or sad (I am prone to bouts of both if something is evocative enough) but I will tell you I cried a lot. This book got under my skin and I think it’d be the same for many other people – You don’t need to like romance books, you just need to want to read books that are about people, that have simple but incredibly important stories.
You’ll know from the outset that Lilah’s hiding something and you’ll have your suspicions, very early on, about what it is. But that doesn’t matter, in this story, it’s not about guessing the end it’s just about getting there and sharing this journey with these two wonderful characters. If you want to read it (I would recommend this book to almost anyone) then it’s available here:
I’d love to know what you think if you’ve read this book, if you haven’t then please come back and tell me if you do.
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