Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/ Vikings
Date Published: 31 December 2012
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“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.”
Me Before You is a contemporary novel that revolves around two strangers (at first) named Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. This exquisite story tells how these two opposite individuals captured each other’s hearts (not only theirs, but us, the readers, as well) and how they make each other experience from a different vantage point.
I admit that I actually just bought this book because of the trailer. This was published on 2012 and yet I haven’t read about it. The movie is starring Daenerys Targaryen from House Lannister and Finnick Odair from District 4. Hunger Games x Game of Thrones style. This movie will be showing worldwide on the 3rd day of June, 2016.
Louisa Clark is a bubbly and witty girl. She loves wearing colorful dresses and match it with her bright stockings along with her colored sandals. She basically has the world in front of her. She has a boyfriend, Patrick, who is successful in what he does. She’s living in an apartment along with her family. Louisa is very close to her family because of this. Often compared to her ‘perfect’ and ‘future-oriented’ little sister, Treena, Louisa grew up to be optimistic, cheerful and lively. She wouldn’t trade her job for anything in this world. She works in a coffee shop just below the castle where she sees a lot of people and she’s able to talk to them. She loves that. She loves being with people and serving these people.
On the other side, Will Traynor, a.k.a Mr. Grumpy Man, is a successful businessman, go-getter, and traveller… until this car accident that changed his whole life. Will grew up to be wealthy. He had it all. He had a perfect girlfriend who looks like a supermodel with long legs, and also his career. Everything was going so well until the accident. It made him quadriplegic. He cannot move a muscle from neck down, which makes almost all effortless chores such as drinking, eating and changing clothes impossible without the help of his assistants.
These two individuals crossed paths when Louisa was fired from her job. It devastated her because she loves that job. Supporting her whole family, she had no choice but to look for another job, and fortunately, the fates of the Little Miss Sunshine Louisa Clark and Grumpy Old Man Will Traynor met. And oh- it was such a scene!
Jojo Moyes is an incredible writer for coming up with such a story. I simply cannot turn down the book. It captured my heart from the beginning. Every individual in the story has their own vital part to play. Will is not a typical ‘look-at-me-im-sick-have-sympathy’ guy. He still makes his own decisions.
I’m not a big fan of contemporary but this book made me. I laughed and cried all at the same time! There were a lot of funny moments and sarcastic exchange from Lou and Will. But this book is not just about romance. It tackles a lot more issues happening in the society. I totally recommend this book even though you’re not a fan of contemporary because this book actually has a heart. It gives people feeling. It makes you feel a lot of feels.
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
P.S. This book is best read if you’re under a blanket with a box of tissue by your side because you will cry from laughter and sadness at the same time. I’m telling you.