Ivo fell for her.
He fell for a girl he can’t get back.
Now he’s hoping for something.
While he waits he plays a game:
He chooses a body part and tells us its link to the past he threw away.
He tells us the story of how she found him, and how he lost her.
But he doesn’t have long.
And he still has one thing left to do …
What I Thought:
I first looked at reading The A to Z of You and Me as my friend had read it and said how good it was – and she was right.
It’s very difficult not to spoil this book in a review, as it is structured so beautifully to tell you at just the right time what things you need to know, I guess as we know from the beginning that Ivo is very ill, and is in end-of-life care, it’s more like a stream of consciousness that we can pick through to build the whole picture, but there is still a sense of the story ‘unwrapping’ itself to the reader in a structured way.
The first thing my friend asked me was ‘did I cry’ at the book – which does seem to be a very common occurence, and I’ll confess I didn’t, but that certainly isn’t to say that I didn’t have a bad case of book hangover after reading. One word sums up this book very well – regret. There are so many characters with reasons to regret their paths and interactions, and I got the impression that Ivo was, in some ways, selfishly, thinking that he was the only person in the world that ever regretted anything, but he comes to see clearly at the end that regret is not his exclusively.
As we’re now talking about the ending, I’ll just say that it’s beautiful – controversial, perhaps, but beautiful and a very fitting end for these characters.
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