This beautiful and emotional novel by Jojo Moyes is about these two people who feels that the world is totally and utterly hopeless. Lou Clark is a 26 years old woman without any idea of what she really wants to do about her life. While Will Traynor is a 35 years old paralyzed man, who used to have a very successful career and an adventurous life, but all of it was taken away from him in just one night because of an unfortunate accident. Then one day, their world started to collide. Lou needed a job to help her struggling family, and Will needed a companion to assist him in his daily needs. Together they’ve formed a bond that would change them forever. Which has also turned their moments of love and friendship into one of the best and saddest experiences of their lives.
I must say, Me Before You is a story that will turn every reader’s emotions upside down. It’s an unconventional love story which totally makes us appreciate the real meaning of the idea of
“Living life to the fullest.”
Actually, when I first started reading this I had a hard time getting into the deeper characters of Lou and Will. For Will is a guy who lost his desire to live which makes it more sad and painful. But it was Lou who has given him the courage to see life in a whole new light. As for Lou, she is also someone who is so lost. However, it was Will who’ve encouraged and inspired her to do things beyond her limitations, and dared for her to dream the kind of life that she wants to live. Even if she thinks that it weren’t possible at all. But what Will really want for her is to “LIVE WELL”. In a way you could say that they’ve helped and saved one another.
This book first came across to me while I was browsing some new books on Goodreads. Then I started reading its reviews, and that’s when I’ve gotten so intrigued about this novel. Then it was such a perfect timing for I saw a secondhand paperback copy of this at a bookstore. And buying this book was totally worth it!
Well, I was also in doubt when someone told me on Instagram that this book would really make me cry so badly. So I’ve read again the reviews on Goodreads. And that’s when I’ve realized the similarities of what those who’ve already read the book has written. They were saying that it’s a sobbing kind of love story! A tearjerker. And they were right! For I couldn’t help myself from crying so hard while reading the last four chapters of the story, and after closing the book, it took me awhile to get a grip of myself. It’s such a heartbreaking and beautiful story. A beautiful disaster. But one can’t avoid the issue about “Morality” (You’ll know it by the time you’ll read it) in the story.
Lastly, I would like to share a weird coincidence before I end this book review of mine. While I was in the early stages of reading the novel, the two actors that I’ve been visualizing as Lou and Will were Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. So at that time, I had no idea that there was going to be a film adaptation of the book. And it was only a few days later that I saw the Facebook update of Jojo Moyes. Plus, I saw a picture of them doing the script reading. I was so shocked! That what I was actually visualizing is turning into a reality! Weird right? Anyway, if you haven’t read the book, then start now and be prepared to cry so badly. For this novel is so beautiful. And I can’t wait to see the movie.
Thank you so much for reading. 🙂