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.
I wrote a blogpost about the movie trailer of this book but I never posted a review of it. Since this book can’t go unnoticed, I’ll do a short review right here and right now.
Me Before You is the story of Louisa Clarke who is fired from her job at the beginning of the story. Living in a small village makes it hard to apply for jobs, so she joins a Job Centre where she spends her times doing various jobs but never the perfect one until she comes across a Healthcare job. This is where Will comes in. Louisa is hired to take care of a middle-aged man named Will Traynor who is paralyzed from the neck down. He has some minor movement abilities in his arm and hand but is forced to spend his life in a wheelchair. Because of this lifelong verdict, Will has become cynical and pessimistic.
Louisa is the opposite. She’s perky, optimistic and has her own sense of fashion.
Will hates her. Everything Louise does seems to atagonize him. She can’t seem to get anything done right when she’s with him.
Until she gets to know him better.
When Louisa begins to see the man behind the mask, she sees someone broken by life. She learns that Will was a lover of extreme sports, riding motorcycles etc. etc. before the wheelchair claimed him. All of the things he loved to do before are impossible now. Even his ex-girlfriend. Louisa decides to take matters in her own hands and cheer Will up. She starts to take him out, plans trips with him and spends the day trying to talk to him about all kinds of things. It pays off, thankfully. Will cheers up a bit and there’s a great banter going back and forth between the two *which makes for a really funny dialogue, by the way* I’m not going to say anything about the ending 😉 You can find out the ending for yourself when you read it :p
Me Before You is one of the best books I have ever read. Not because of its characters or its story or even the romance in it but the fact that it’s so raw and realistic. This book is one of the very few that tells you the more realistic side of life and shows you that love doesn’t conquer all and that, no matter what you do, there isn’t always a happy ending.
And that is why I love this book so so much.
Don’t get me wrong, I was a sobbing mess that went through a whole box of tissues without it being enough to keep me dry but I seriously adore this book. It’s taught me so many things about the way we are and how the world works sometimes. Also, Louisa makes me want to work a little harder. She’s determined but willing to listen. She even sacrifices a huge part of herself just to stop and listen to what Will says. Her character development is huge. Louise becomes a whole different person because of Will and likewise. It’s breath-taking to see how both of them change the other while the world around them remains the same. It hurts to read Will’s path in life. To see the things he once did and to come to realise he will never do them again.
Also, reading about Will’s choice and what he’s planning to do will break your heart while making it stronger. His reasons for making that descision will start to make sense at some point. At least… they did to me. No matter how much it hurt me to think it, I had to agree with Will in the end. That’s what I will take with me from reading this book…. We can never decide how another should live his or her life. In the end, it’s their choice.
I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read about more realistic themes. There’s no fantasy in this book. It’s about two people meeting and changing each other for the better 🙂
I give this book 5+ stars. I say plus because it deserves more than just 5 but I only have 5 stars to give during my reviewing. So 5+ :p