This is not chick-lit by any stretch of the imagination. It is a beautifully constructed story of love that should have no limits but has been limited by two people who just cannot say what the other wants desparately to hear. It's Julian's story told here - but certainly you do get a feel for how Claire feels.... and wonder why she acts as she does towards Julian. Is it because some people just do not believe that the right person loves them? Surely that isn't right although I am sure some relationships perish on a sea of untruths or untold beliefs about what the truth really is.
If you like a really well written tale irrespective of the subject matter, then maybe this is worth searching for. If you like a love story with or without a happy ending, maybe this book is for you. If you are at a stage in your own life where you wonder should you speak out about your feelings or not - then do give this one a go. For you may find the answer here. I was reminded of One Day by David Nicholls whilst reading, because of the holding back of emotion; always a danger that you might hold back too long.