Written by Jojo Moyes
Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
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★★★★★ + tears for days
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.Will Traynor used to be a man of adventures - climbing the highest mountain to jumping from the most jagged cliffs. He lived a life full of meaning - until he didn't. One day, Will's adventurous life was stolen from him in a freak accident which left him paralyzed. From that day onwards, Will lost his desire to live, relinquishing to the idea that with no movement to his limbs that there was no point to living. There was no longer a point to his existence if he could not be free.
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.
Louisa Clark is a peculiar girl. At the ripe age of twenty-six she still lives at home with her parents, grandpa, sister and nephew. She's worked the same job for nearly seven years, unfortunately for her that ends when the cafe is shut down. Louisa is jobless with little no experience to her name. With the stress of having to provide for her low-income family, she's willing to take just about any job that comes her way - including the care and companionship of a disabled man. Little does Lou know, Will is about to change her life forever - and may even she his.
Let it be known that no book has ever made me full on bawl until Me Before You. Some have made me a little misty eyed, some a bit sad - but never the weeping puddle I found myself in at nearly 3 AM on a Monday morning. I loved this book with as much love any bookworm can bestow upon a book. This is one of those books where if someone dislikes it, you can't possibly see eye to eye with that person (but you remain silent because opinions shall be opinions). I don't know where this book has been my entire life, it's been out since 2012 and I'm just hearing about it now.
Me Before You was unbelievably human. That's what got to me the most. Everything was so palpable - understandable. I could feel the emotions as if they were my very own. With romance novels involving illness, you usually get a fluffy, ridiculous bullshit lie. Illness is not cute. It is not some sympathy ploy. It is not some card one should play to get another to love them. Me Before You took a stance in a way that showed the ugly, debilitating emotions that follows someone who was robbed of their ability to walk - to even reach for his own glass of water. Jojo Moyes portrayed such things in a way that I envision real life disabled folks feeling too.
“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
It came to my realization while reading how much I, and much of the human population take the mere ability to walk - to even wipe our own bums for granted. The freedom to handle my own body is one thing I will never take for granted again as that seemingly simple ability could honestly change on a dime. Me Before You is an eye opener in so many ways. I was hit from all sides when it came to my feels. It left me feeling raw and shredded afterwards. This will truly be one of those books you'll ponder about time to time. One that you'll push on anyone who desires a impactful read.
Jojo Moyes wrote in such a precarious manner. While the book was slow moving, I found I didn't care. I loved the sensual way Will and Lou's story made me feel. It budded from something small into something beautiful and alive. Never did I want the story to go faster, as I never wanted it to actually end. I would have been happy reading the lives of Lou and Will forever. The characters chemistry was indeed that good. It sounds silly, but I became comfortable and familiar with the characters. Their voices so honest - so authentic. I'll miss those two like dear old friends.
I've decided not to analize this book. This review is short because it's quite plain and simple: If I could describe any novel I've ever read as perfect, it would be this one. I've liked a lot of books, loved even. But I can without hesitancy say that Me Before You is an irreplaceable favorite. It has touched my life forever, as it has thousands across the world. I think Jojo Moyes brought to life a instant classic, a treasure to the fictional realm. Before the movie comes out in June, please read this book. And, as always - if you need someone to cry about it to, message me. DM me, anywhere at anytime.
I'm still crying over this book tbh. read it you hooligans, cry with me. Also the movie looks like an AMAZING ADAPTION. The gif above. Ugh. The actors portray the characters better than I ever thought was possible.