(Me Before You #1)
by Jojo Moyes
Genre: fiction, contemporary, romance
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
This book put me in a serious hangover mode. I was just gutted and I couldn’t believe I’ve missed out on this book for so long. I’m afraid of reading the sequel to the story the author published because so many fans of this book are not satisfied with it. I don’t wish to taint my enjoyment of this amazing novel. It just gets you – the characters are complex and multilayered. There’s so much heart in the story and you’ll genuinely love them both.
Lou may be clueless about how to live her life in a more meaningful way but taking on the challenging and even intimidating job of a day caretaker of a tetraplegic man changes her life. It doesn’t start out great and she does many mistakes but her colourful clothes, adorable mannerisms, and her refusal to just take the abuse hurled at her is just what Will needs to break out of his deep depression. He’s a person once again in the eyes of a stranger.
By actually talking to her and not only taking advantage of her presence to went his anger, he realises she’s been deprived of so many things in life so he sets out to fix that in his own bossy way. What follows is inevitable – a deep bond of friendship that slowly but surely transforms into a wonderful love.
“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.”
But love alone isn’t enough to give Will a reason to hang on to his precarious life. His condition means many, many complications and dangers, and Will is tired of fighting a losing battle. Lou finds out he’s decided to die and tries to do everything to make him change his mind. She bargains and cajoles, developing new skills and interests to offer him a wonderful and fulfilling time before the dreaded date.
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
This book is so amazingly written that I could read it again and again, just to capture this warm feeling of a budding love, the slow hope and warmth… but the brutal ending will put it in the category of favourites that touched my heart but which I will not open again soon. Gods, what a story and what amazing characters!
Recommend to everyone!
There’s a movie adaptation in works for 2016 release. More about it here – imdb.