Me Before You
By Jojo Moyes
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Louisa Clark has lost her job after working for six years at a local cafe. Now after leaving or turning down multiple temp jobs and her family beginning to feel the financial strain of losing her income, Lou takes the next available job. She begins working as a companion for a young man who is a quadriplegic as the result of an accident.
Will Traynor, no longer recognizes the life he is living, after a tragic accident has forever taken his lavish and adventurous lifestyle away. He no longer sees the point of living, until Louisa sweeps in and makes it her mission to show him how much he still has to live for.
Review: From watching the trailer for this upcoming movie, it is pitched as mainly a love story, but for me, the love aspect in this book takes a back seat to so many more important themes. How do we measure someone’s quality of life? If someone is rendered incapable of ending their own life, is it the duty of those who love them to assist in their efforts? Or disregard their wishes in favor of life and the law?
Even the love story turns traditional portrayals on their head. In this story Lou’s boyfriend has the qualities most people would say make him ideal. He is attractive, charming, sociable. However, Lou is drawn to Will, whose body is breaking down and never seeks to make others feel comfortable in his presence. I think Moyes does a great job of taking a heart felt story and leaving the readers with a lot more than simple entertainment.
I highly recommend reading Me Before You before seeing the movie, and can’t wait to read its sequel and watch how the adaptation plays out.