Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
This book shares the life of a young woman, Louisa, who is pretty contented to live her life ‘playing safe’. She never tried to do more than that and she feels that that’s her place in life. Her sister is the one that is predestined to bigger events. Not her. She lives with her family in a room tinier than should be appropriate and with no windows, works in a tea shop, and repeats that every day. Occasionally she spends time with her boyfriend Patrick who is far more concerned with his exercise regiment than he is with her. They don’t really care about themselves much, but they have been together for a long time now and it’s just easier. She stopped studying way too early and no one expects much from her, not even herself.
But one day everything changes when she loses her job at the tea shop and accepts a temporary 6-month position as a caregiver to a quadriplegic, Will Traynor.
I loved this book! Me Before You was a sad heartbreaking book but it was also beautiful and captivating!
It made me cry. It made me laugh. It’s a powerful book that I won’t forget anytime soon!
Louisa and Will are complete opposites and at first, they hated each other. Will was a difficult person and he didn’t want her there, so he refused to talk to her. But she stuck with it since she needed the money and slowly they developed an extremely touching friendship.
She starts to have feelings for him and vice versa. Their romance goes softly and calmly but it’s beautiful and touching! They changed each other in ways that would never be forgotten. Louisa gave Will happiness that he hadn’t experienced for a very long time, and Will gave Louisa the determination to do something with her life and not let it go to waste.
I loved how much they cared for each other and how much they were up to do to make their lives a bit better every day.
This book is filled with humor, sometimes even a bit dark. The characters are full of personality. And most of all the writing has this sort of balance, that was beautiful. It didn’t make it easier to read about this subject but it was incredible how lightly it talks about heavy things without losing its strength. It was hard not to picture what it would be like if you were put into a situation such as theirs.
Me Before You is a heartbreaking story about finding what makes life worth living and how important are our choices in life. This book really moved me and I would recommend it for literally everyone!
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
The movie was amazing but I have to say… If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, please read the book!! It has so much more! I loved the movie but the book really made my heart skip a beat.
Also, in my opinion, in the movie some parts are not very well explained – not to talk about some changes – and even tho they are not important for the end itself, they give it more depth and emotion!
Have you read this book or seen the movie?
If so, what did you think about Will’s decision?