Woow! That’s the first thing I’m going to say. Woow! Me Before You was Woow!….Okay, enough of that, let’s get down to it. Me Before You was written by Jojo Moyes and published in 2012. Jojo Moyes is known for her talent in writing romance novels. I would not like to categorize this book fully as a romatic novel, I would rather classify it as a tale of love, family, pain and finally sadness! If you are a very emotional person, please be prepared to get real emotional because this book is heartbreaking!
Will Traynor was a very successful man, who was so full of life, but this was all before the accident which turned him into a quadriplegic. Not just a quadriplegic but a very bitter and angry one. Louisa Clark on the other hand, was a young cheerful girl with no ambitions. She had a boyfriend, Patrick who was a physical trainer and who hadn’t deemed it fit to propose to her despite having been together for 7 years. After losing her job at the cafe, she was faced with the difficulty of getting another job as she has little skills and her family’s financial burden was on the increase. Will’s mother, Camilla needed a carer for her son and hired Lou because she was different from the other qualified nurses. Since Will already had a nurse who took care of his medical needs, she felt he just needed someone to cheer him up. Lou accepted the job offer reluctantly but almost changed her mind after the first meeting with Will in which Will proved to be very angry, rude and unaccommodating.
However, with time, Lou was able to get used to it and Will’s attitude began to change to a friendly one. He encouraged her to find her purpose in life. He changed her way of thinking and made her feel better about an incident that happened when she was younger. Due to Will, Lou started reading books, improving herself and watching foreign movies which she had initially hated. Later on, Lou found out from Camilla about the reason for her employment. Will had made up his mind to end life but his parents pleaded for a duration of 6 months, hence the need to employ a carer who can help make him feel better about life. Lou took it upon herself (with the help of her smart sister, Treena) to come up with ideas that would enable Will feel better about life and change his mind. Somewhere in between, they fell in love. But, was that enough to change Will’s mind?
This book really got to me. It made me happy and sad at the same time. It was so captivating and interesting. The author forced us to feel Will’s pain and depression and to appreciate Lou’s efforts to help Will live. Jojo Moyes literally made us live through the characters’ lives. At the end of the book, the reader is unconsciously forced to ask himself-“Should it be legal to want to end one’s life?”.
I give this book a 9/10.
~”Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning” – Jojo Moyes, Me Before You~