Hold on I need a few seconds to make sense of what happened I can t believe it I was warned it would come as a shock, and even the author gently glided our thoughts toward that idea, but I still felt that PANG in my chest when reading the ending.
That s all I m going to say about that, for fear of spoiling anything for you.
Louisa is a simple girl She works She cares for her family She does what she has to do She doesn t take risks or ever act recklessly It s not who she is her responsibilities come first.
Will s playground is life itself He has a great job, a great girlfriend and the means to go wherever he wants and do whatever he desires.
That is, before the accident happens Now, he s in a wheelchair, paralysed and dead inside The man he was before is gone, now he can t even recognize himself.
When Louisa and Will meet, there is no love at first sight She is his new caregiver He is someone she can t decipher But the they spend time together, the Louisa discovers the wonders that life has to offer.
I read Me Before You, expecting to discover the most poignant love story on earth.
But I found something else instead This is the story of a twenty six year old woman who has no long term objective in life and doesn t think about her future She never left the country and stays away from anything remotely dangerous Will is determined to open her eyes to the unknown With him by her side, she gains confidence, determination, learns not to let anyone dictate her actions and finally realizes what is best for her.
She needs him in her life, even though she doesn t know it, and he relishes in her presence He is her sun and she is his.
The themes of acceptance, family, friendship and life are even present than the love one And I realized that it s all those developed themes that made me like this book so much Cheesy, corny, clich d, overdone are all terms that DO NOT apply to this book.
It s unlike any contemporary book I ve read before Louisa is a charming woman with a sense of humor and fantastic imagination Reading the book through her perspective was utterly delightful We also have sporadic chapters narrated from other characters, such as Will s mom and Louisa s sister.
Maybe you re not a fan of romance Maybe you don t like chick literature or maybe you never read adult books.
I m here to tell you that it doesn t matter It will not affect your enjoyment of this book.
You know why Me Before You will win you over, whether you want it to or not.
Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google As much as I like a good love story, I wouldn t call myself a romantic Not by a long shot In fact, I can be pretty cold hearted when it comes to romance books, remaining emotionless in the face of tragic heartbreak and loss The Fault in Our Stars didn t move me Eleanor Park was cute, but still an average read for me There s just certain things that I don t like Emotionally manipulative books that feel as if the author set out with an agenda to tug at my heart strings that would be up there with the worst I guess I subconsciously rebel when I can see what the author s trying to do to my feelings I avoid a lot of adult chick lit for this reason because experience has shown that most of these books are like Lifetime movies melodramatic and cheesily message driven.
But somehow despite my reluctance to try this book because it seemed it would fall into all the aforementioned boxes I ended up caving under the pressure and grabbing this book from my local library I didn t expect much I was just going to try a little bit and see how it went, feeling confident that it would be crappy and I would be right But hell, I got schooled.
I just I can t even pretend any, screw the book snobbery, I thought Me Before You was wonderful.
I shipped like crazy.
I stayed up most of the night.
Being proven wrong may never have felt so good.
I got the giggles about halfway through chapter one and struggled to get rid of them Humour books are always a difficult sell because I guess it always depends on what you find funny but I found Lou Clark to be an hilarious heroine She s one of those charming but unfortunate individuals that finds herself in numerous awkward situations but somehow gets through them and just warms your heart with her delightful lack of propriety I don t know if there is really such a thing as a British sense of humour but I ve enjoyed a bunch of British chick lit humour with similar MCs Bridget Jones, Confessions of Georgia Nicholson so maybe there s a pattern here with my tastes.
If you re considering this book but think you re a shameless unromantic like me, DO NOT read any quotes from it People keep pulling up these quotes about the meaning of life and carpe diem and it makes the whole thing seem much cheesier than it is I thought there was a pleasant lack of cheese, hehe It s also nowhere near as romantic as everything tries to make you think the cover the UK one is even worse , the blurb, the title when actually there s very little romance There is a touch of finding love in unexpected places and against the odds, but the main focus of this book is about life and the importance of choices.
If you haven t already been told, the story is about Lou who needs a job and Will who needs a carer after an accident left him paralysed Completely unable to move anything below his mid torso, Will longs for death and wants to go to Switzerland to put an end to his misery Horrified by this discovery, Lou sets out to improve his life and give him a reason to live and look forward to each day The relationship between them is told in such a wonderful way and develops through several stages, each filled with hilarity I think people s reactions, emotions and decisions felt completely realistic in Me Before You, even if I didn t always like them The whole book was filled with the funny, ridiculous situations that we expect to find in comic fiction, but balanced out with a hard dose of reality It makes you think about things you didn t think about before without seeming like the author wanted to make you think about them Things like just how depressing the lack of wheelchair access is in most venues But there s a great balance between the funny and the serious, so the latter never becomes too much.
This book made me feel all the emotions without seeming to try too hard Love was found in a very unexpected place and I definitely want to check out the author s other work.
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I m sitting here with tears running down my face having just finished this book I know I should probably let my emotions settle before reviewing but I want to get all the feelings downFirstly I want to say 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 The characters begin as likeable, yet maddeningly realistic in all their egocentricities and self absorptions As their fears and insights are exposed, they develop in strength and purpose to reveal rich individuals who are all irrevocably changed through the events which unfold I enjoyed the first person POV, and the odd change in character thrown in stirred the narrative nicely for me I would have liked to have had at least a chapter from Will s perspective, but can understand how challenging that may have been for the author I was really glad to have read Will s letter though I commend the author for producing a book which I found extremely readable the language was straight forward, no purple prose or a whole bunch of medical jargon The plot is relatively simple yet not uncomplicated for all that 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 the moral impact of that 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 I ll be chasing down of Ms Moyes works.
Being a male reader on a booksite you kind of expect to be outnumbered when it comes to the sexes But that doesn t keep alarm bells from blaring like a convoy of reversing trucks when practically every reviewer of a book is of the female gender And when the author in addition is touted as the winner of multiple romance novel awards your primal male instinct is to run like your being chased by some primordial predator.
So it was really against my instinct and better judgement that I began reading this book But this is NOT a romance novel In fact it is a brilliant comment on the issue of euthanasia which claims it s brilliance by reading like a romance novel and not a political comment Having personally cared for a handful of terminal people over a period of years, I feel I can safely say that many of the thoughts on serious aquired disabities and the quality of life is fairly realistic, and though the romance part can t avoid a bit of Hollywood sheen, it never really gets unbelievable, and helps the reader engage him herself in the characters and thus in their horrible dilemma.
Thoroughly engaging and thought provoking, this is the best book I ve read so far this year and I so did not see it coming.