Me Before You Book Review: Me Before You is a romance novel by Jojo Moyes, published in 2012.
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 heart breakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
I usually go by the motto read book before you watch the film adaption, but that wasn’t the case with Me before You. I happened to see the trailer of Me Before You on various Social networking sites and I was intrigued. I watched the movie and I was blown. I was thinking since I have already seen the movie, the book won’t shock me. I was proved wrong.
I will be very honest, I love to read books which will take me on an emotional roller coaster and leaves me high and dry. I have always been drawn to tragic love stories (thanks to my obsession with Romeo and Juliet) so naturally I went ahead and bought the book.
This is a story of two young people who are battered by the life. Lou by chance gets a job in Traynor Mansion and becomes a care taker for Will Traynor. Will Traynor who was once a active young man is now paralyzed due to a motor cycle accident. Will given the circumstances is aloof, cranky and obnoxious most of the time to Lou. As the time passes, their relationship smoothes as Will begins to get intrigued with her. Will and Lou’s light banter and the way Will teases her are written well and reader gets to see the funny and sarcastic side of Will many times.
I have always believed if the author can make you cry your heart out, he/she has succeeded in their story telling. That’s what exactly Jojo Moyes has done. For all the laughs and joy you experience with Lou and Will, the author has multiplied it thrice with sorrow. My heart was twisted with a knife every time when Will was miserable over his state.
You get to see the characters growing, becoming independent. Lou, who was afraid to lead a life of her own, flourishes beautifully under the guidance of Will. She starts loving herself more. Will who was miserable over his state, starts opening up, starts to enjoy the little moments.
The book not only makes you cry, its also makes you laugh. This book is not just about Love. It’s about Friendship. It’s a story of Life and Death and what comes in between. Everything in the book seemed real for me. The pain, the misery, the embarrassment faced by Will feels all real. Nowhere did I feel any situation was just added for the sake of filling the pages.
My heart has been broken to million pieces over the ending and yet I cannot complain about it. Will’s decision over his life seemed acceptable to me.
The book is well edited. The author has given heart wrenching dialogues and scenes. The book is a definite page turner. I rate this book 5 Stars.
Few of my Favorite quotes from the book:
“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
“Hey Clark’, he said. ‘Tell me something good’.
‘I don’t want to go in just yet. I just want to sit and not have to think about . . . ’ He swallowed.
Even in the half-dark it seemed effortful.
‘I just . . . want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just for a few minutes more.’
“I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m
not allowed a say in yours?
But I had promised.”
“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.”
“You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”
“I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it.”
Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Page Count: 370
Year of Publication: 2012
Characters: Louisa ‘Lou’ Clarke, Will Traynor
Jojo Moyes (born 4 August 1969 in London, England) is an English journalist and, since 2002, a romance novelist and screenwriter. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been translated into eleven different languages.