Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre/s: Fiction, Romance
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
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.
How can you even write something about a book that made you cry a bucket? I love books that can make me cry and this book is one of them. A heart breaking, beautifully written book that you should be reading right now. Hands down to Jojo Moyes for creating this wonderful book.
When Louisa Clark takes a job working for wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, she has little idea of what to expect. Especially as a Will’s caregiver. He is rude, moody and depressed which is not really what Louisa signed up for. This job opens her eyes to a new world and her mind to something she never wanted to be a part of but Louisa seems to want to do everything in her power to see Will happy. She soon discovers that Will seem to have plans of his own.
You will notice there is quite the cast of narrators. We had a few chapters from other characters, which only added to the tale, and one narrator was the voice of Will as Lou read his letters. The last part, when Lou read Will’s letter is my favorite part in the book, the part that made me cry an ocean.
Me Before You is a story of love and sacrifice and the understanding of happiness. It is heart breaking, realistic and one that will stay with you long after their story has ended. Jojo Moyes captures a moment in time as she makes the reader question and understand all sides of a controversial moral issue.
I couldn’t remember when was the last time I cried too much over a book. Just one-third of the book already made me shed my tears. This book is definitely unforgettable and I would highly recommend it. It’s not your regular romance novel. A mix of love, family, madness, romance, heartbreak and bumble-bee tight never did combine so well.
P.S. Please don’t forget your box of tissues on your side when you read this novel, because I’m telling you, you’ll need it.
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