“Me Before You” Overview
From Goodreads: “Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely 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.”
So, I jumped on this bandwagon a little late, didn’t I? I went in knowing that it was going to make me feel all the feels, so I was probably a little more guarded than usual. That said, I still felt every emotion possible. This book will make you laugh, cry, hopeful, jaded, depressed, and happy; all within 369 pages. You develop a deep bond with Lou. She’s down to earth, witty, and quirky. Will is an arrogant arse, but as he opens up to Lou throughout their journey, you can see that deep dow, he just wants to see her happy. So, you begin to root for him as well. And definitely not for her current boyfriend, Patrick, who in the end it turns out IS an arse, and well, can’t say I didn’t see that one coming. Louisa family is comical and I related to them well, her father always picking on her helped (even though he was little bit rough on her weight. Boo.).
This love story isn’t one about the happy ending. Its about how sometimes, when you love someone, you have to let them go. Its very evident that Louisa has to make this choice. But, the underlying pain comes from the fact that all along, Will has known that he must let Louisa go. Some people think that he should have lived, but I’m not sure that if in the same position, I would be able to stay on this Earth either. Not only does he constantly struggle for what this life in a wheelchair means to him: he’s bright enough to know what it would mean for Louisa if he stayed. A hero in my eyes – making sure that Louisa is the one that ends up happy and living her life to the fullest, no matter his choices.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cry, a little romance, and a down to earth heroine. As far as the movie, which I watched the day after finishing this book: It was good but falls short of all the emotions you get from the book. But it was lovely to see Louisa and Will brought to life. And a little Jenna Coleman doesn’t hurt either 😉
What were your thoughts on Me Before You, the book and the movie?