Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: December 31, 2012
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl 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.
I know everyone and their dog had read Me Before You already, so I’m late to the game. I was finally pushed into reading it when I saw the trailer for the movie come out. I wanted to read the book before even watching the trailer, because movie trailers give a lot away.
Now, I don’t want to go into it, but I knew someone in Will’s position, and who was very much like Will before his accident. And also like Will, he made the same kind of plans View Spoiler »and followed through « Hide Spoiler. So I had a weird, slightly uncomfortable sad feeling throughout the book. It didn’t dampen the story or anything, just brought up certain feelings.
Okay, so to be honest, the first 20% was kind of boring. I can’t help it, it was! But it definitely got better when Will entered the picture and the banter between him and Louisa picked up. I enjoyed watching their friendship grow and how much they bonded. I definitely loved Will’s sarcastic humor. I went in expecting to become an emotional mess, but that didn’t really happen. At first. But then … yeah, then … I’ll just say I read the book while in bed and my pillow ended up soaked with tears.
Me Before You is a beautiful lesson in love and life. I ended up really enjoying it and got a good cry out of it. As much as I did enjoy it, I doubt I’ll read the next book. I’m satisfied with the way it ended and want to stay with those feelings.