Oh my gosh! So last weekend, I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at the cinema with my mum. We were watching the previews and eating some delicious Milk Duds, and, lo and behold, I saw it: the movie trailer for Me Before You. I was immediately captured by the gorgeous male (and the gorgeous female, but obviously I noticed the male first!) and the sad tale.
I decided I was in love and that I had to see the movie when it comes out: June 3rd. But then I was like “well, duh, I’m me, so I have to read the book first.”
So I went home after watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (a spectacular movie, btw) and bought Me Before You on the kindle and read it. I finished the book in hours.
Not even lowkey embarrassed. Proud, actually.
WOW! This novel was TRULY amazing. First of all, it takes place in England, my dream home. They drink tea all the time and speak poshly, so of course I would adore the story.
Summary (in my own words because I’m not basic and stealing it from Goodreads):
Louisa Clark, a 26-year old “fashionista” who has just been fired and is dating a horrendous health-obsessed man named Patrick , is looking for a job when Camilla Traynor hires her to look after her son, Will. Lou is depended upon by her family to earn money, and she feels constantly outshone by her sister, Treena. She is unambitious and sad. Will was hit by a motorcycle and left paralyzed at the age of 35. While he was formerly successful and attractive, he is now unable to do the things he loves like climbing mountains and being active.
At first, Will is excessively rude to Lou, but eventually they become close friends. Lou notices scars on his arms but doesn’t say anything until she hears a conversation between Camilla and Georgina, Will’s sister. She discovers that Will is planning to die through Dignitas, the assisting suicide program in Switzerland, and is shocked.
Lou isn’t going to let Will die, and she will do whatever plan it takes to keep him here.
I give Me Before You five stars for its absolutely mind-blowing plot and emotional words.
I’m serious, this book had me in actual tears after finishing it. It left me incredibly happy and sad, but mostly sad. Words can’t express the emotions it made me feel.
I wanted to be more like Will and Lou; I wanted to follow my dreams and live an active life. I wanted to fall in love and be that close to someone. I wanted to sit on my bed and stare at the ceiling until all my thoughts were under control.
Jojo Moyes did a PHENOMENAL job at developing two brilliant characters with bright attitudes. I’ve never read more intelligent thoughts. The way Will wanted Lou to get out of the small town and witness life in the big world was incredibly sweet. And the way Lou never wanted to be separated from those she loved left me speechless.
The entire story had a cozy feel to it, but I felt angry when I found out about Dignitas.
You know me, I had to start reading the sequel immediately. After You will never be as good.
I especially loved how Lou was portrayed as a bit of a loser, but she refused to be one. She lived in a tiny bedroom in her parent’s house and never went to college, never even left her hometown, but she kept a dainty air about her. Her clothing choices also sound…interesting… Like her bumblebee leggings!
Will felt lost, but his mind could still love and laugh and learn. He might not have been able to walk or feed himself, but he could make witty jokes and fall in love and make everyone cry!
I can’t wait to see what the movie has in store, and I hope you all decide to pick up this excellent novel.