I want to start off by saying that the cover does not do this book justice. It gives the impression of a bland and fluffy read when in reality this is a heartbreaking story, with subject matter that may be difficult for a lot of readers. Also, you cannot go into this book thinking it will be the best book ever because it is not. However this book makes you FEEL. It makes you THINK. It is different than anything I usually read and I really enjoyed it.
“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
The plot is relatively simple yet not uncomplicated and it raises some controversial or ethical questions. How can you read this and not ask yourself what you might do in similar circumstances, how you would feel if it was your friend? Could you be what they needed, and what is the moral impact of it all?
Me Before You is a story surrounding two main characters, Will Taynor and Lou Clark. Lou is just average. She is barely floating through life. Long time job, rocking a steady boyfriend, and just above average taste in clothes. Will Taynor was a successful business man. Constantly traveling, being active, and enjoying his above average life. This all changes when Lou is laid off work and Will is in a major accident leaving him a quadriplegic. After these events happen you'll more than likely be thinking the same thing I thought, "wow I know exactly where this cliche story is going to go", and just like me you'll more than likely be wrong.
Lou is struggling with what and who she wants to be. At 26 she really has no aim in life. She finds herself at a job center which offers her the chance to be a sort of caregiver to Will. Will is the definition of a broken human. After two years of having no control over his life he has just given up hope. After a shocking plot twist Lou makes it her goal to make Will happy and is determined to have him wanting to live life again. As they set out to travel and make the most of time their feelings for each other change and turn into something way beyond friendship.
“All I can say is that you make me...you make me into someone I couldn't even imagine. You make me happy, even when you're awful. I would rather be with you- even the you that you seem to think is diminished- than with anyone else in the world.”
The plot of this story does start out slow. I was worried when I got over 150 pages in and the book was still at that same pace. Once getting closer to the end I saw why it was that way. This story builds to something so amazing. I wish I could come up with a better, more lyrical word than "amazing", but I don't think they've invented a word yet to describe the end of this story. The writing is smooth and effortless and yet the result is a story which is invested with so much emotion. I'm left feeling so mad, sad and even, oddly, happily resigned about the ending. I can't remember when I last finished a story that had tied me up in so many emotional knots and still left me completely satisfied with having read it. The end of this book had me on the floor balling my eyes out. Not kidding... at one point I went to the bathroom to get a tissue and just sat on the floor and cried.
Not only did Me Before You make me cry, it made me think. I had me thinking hours after putting it down. It has some amazing moral questioning factors thrown into this wonderful love story. It will make you wonder how far you would be willing to go to make the person you love happy. Once it got closer to the ending I saw where it as going. I thought I wouldn't be happy with how she chose to end it, but the ending was perfect. I don't think it could have ended any other way. This is a book of the purest most selfless love. I don't know when the next time will be that I get to read a love story quite like this.
This book was also made in to a movie. See the link below to watch the trailor:
My Overall Rating: ***
Until the Next Chapter,
I'm Tory, the creator behind The Barmy Fox. My current loves