Me Before You
By: Jojo Moyes
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.
Where do I even start with this book? Well let me say that I saw the movie first. I know, that’s a big no-no in the book community, but me and my mom both decided it would be fun to watch a movie and this was the only movie that looked good, so we watched it. I cried while watching the movie and bought it a few days later. Not long after that, I started reading it and fell in love with it. I knew what was going to happen at the end, but that didn’t lessen the impact, I just didn’t cry, but that’s not unnatural for me, because I don’t cry when reading books.
Since this book is a contemporary book, there wasn’t a fantasy world to be built, but it was set in England. Not the hustle-and-bustle of London, but the rural area away from the world, aside from tourists, who love to visit the castle located in the area. I like how the author describes the way of life for the people living in the small rural out-keeps of London and how it can become a sort of prison where you don’t even know your being held prisoner. It was very interesting and made me think about how I should do more with my life than I currently am.
There was so much character development for Lou during this book. She started out as a girl who didn’t know what to do with her life, a girl who didn’t wish for adventure or travelling. She grew profoundly during this book and became a woman who has a drive and knows that she wants to do something, make an impact, and see the world. Ever since meeting Will, her entire perspective changed and so many new possibilities opened up for her. She decided that she was going to explore the world because that is what Will wanted her to do. Because she was able to. I loved this character development so much. It was beautiful to read about.
When this book begins, Louisa is fired from her job because the cafe she works at is closing. She frantically looks for a job so that she will be able to help with her family’s bills. After much trial and error, she finds a job as a caregiver to a disabled man, Will. Thereon out, she struggles connecting with Will because he’s stubborn and depressed. This is a theme throughout the book, but he slowly opens up to her as she takes him places (ie: horse racing, theater, etc.). Some work out, yet some don’t. They slowly fall in love, and Louisa tries to keep him from going to a place in Switzerland to commit an assisted suicide. I saw the movie first, but the impact was still a hard hit to the chest and I was sad for a time after reading it. I am still torn on whether I should read the sequel or not… But I can still not recommend this book enough. It’s seriously life-changing, and it took me so long to write this review.
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