Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ~ 4.5 Stars

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 review contains spoilers…. Read at your own risk 🙂
So I finished this quite sometime ago now but just couldn’t bring myself to write a review. The story is just too sad for me . I read to escape – I like drama but I preferred reading love stories with happy endings. That being said, this book is incredibly well written, with complex characters, and dealing with some serious issues. Will had an accident and is now paralyzed – barely having the use of his arms. Will was vibrant with a successful career, living a great life before the accident crushed his future. He is still quite young. His family is wealthy so they are doing everything they can to make him happy. Will was having none of it – he wants to die. He no longer has the will to live since he is confined to a wheelchair and dependent on everyone, from feeding to taking care of his hygiene. Lou’s family is struggling with finances. Her family depends on her so when she tumbles upon this new care giver job – she jumped in with both feet. With no experience as a care giver combined with Will’s cranky and rudeness she is in way over her head. Lou is quirky, funny, and full of life. Will is eventually taken by Lou and the two become friends and possibly more. But can friendship be enough to change Will’s mind?

I have mixed feelings about this story (not the writing or the author’s talent – incredible). I think that Lou loves Will more than he ever loved her. With that ending, I can’t help but come to a conclusion that obviously he does not care about her enough to live. I don’t even remember he ever said he loves her… if he did it was not enough to stick around. Not to mention what Will’s family has enough to go through knowing they are helpless and are losing their loved one. It’s seems a bit selfish on his part. But putting myself in his shoes, I understand his decision because who wants to be a useless body. He already lived a full life once so he does not see the need to continue on and be a burden to everyone. Who knows what each of us will do unless we walk a mile in someone elses shoes.

Overall, I enjoyed this book – compelling, emotional, raw. For the most part, the book is light-hearted – the banters are cute, and funny. Will and Lou are adorable characters so I was rooting for them but it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. The book is pretty long and there was a lot written about her sister, her family and her life in general. So with that ending which I balled my eyes out – I come to a conclusion that this book is more about Lou and her life rather than a love story. I feel like Will is just a secondary character – part of a journey of Lou finding herself (my opinion only and I blamed it on the ending). I understand the movie is coming out soon and it would be interesting to see if it turns into more of a love story between these two. This book is well written though, with a thought provoking plot (heavy subject matter and controversial), heart breaking and definitely unforgettable.  It’s a great book but you got be in the mood for some major drama.  A little too sad for me but obviously a very unique story. Hence, the movie!!!

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