Title: Me Before You
Series: Me Before You #1
Author(s): Jojo Moyes
No. of pages: 481
Publication date: December 31st 2012
Date read: September 6th 2018
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Although it’s been a couple of hours since I finished reading it, I’m still recovering from reading Me Before You. I really felt like I needed to write the review as soon as possible while I was still feeling all the feels. And man, this book was quite the emotional rollercoaster! It made me feel sad, frustrated, happy and it also made me laugh out loud.
I mainly bought this book because of the hype around it when the book first published and the film came out. Everyone was over the moon about the story and the emotions they felt while reading/watching it. Let me tell you: it did not disappoint. At all. In fact, I think I’ve found a new favourite book! The story was really good and well thought through and I absolutely loved the characters – I won’t forget Louisa and Will anytime soon. They, especially Louisa, were such original personalities and I just wanted to get to know them better and I wished them all the best (which made the book all the more emotional). Besides liking their personalities, I could also relate to Lou’s lifestyle. Lou’s been kinda stuck at her place of birth. Although I moved away from my birth town, it still sometimes feels like I’m just merely existing, because I’m not necessarily adventurous nor going places. I don’t have any big dreams that I’m hunting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy with who and where I am, but I just feel like I could do so much more.
“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”
I don’t know what else I can say about it without spoiling too much of it, except for that I needed a minute – read: I laid down on the couch, just staring into the void for a while – after finishing Me Before You. I also immediately ordered the DVD of the movie and I can’t wait to watch it tomorrow and cry some more!