There are times when you start feeling the emotions of the characters of a novel, you feel their anger, their happiness, their contentment. You cry with them, you smile, you sob, you laugh, you feel relieved, you feel doubt and you fall in love. Those feelings define a good story, a good novel.
Me Before You (Me Before You #1)
by Jojo Moyes (Goodreads Author)
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.
I strictly ask you to not read this review if you haven’t read the book. I will try not to add spoilers but I am pretty sure the next lines will explain my feelings towards the characters and it will hard for you to not read between the lines.
My Review —
Louisa Clark is in search of a job. It’s recession time in Britain and no one in her family has a good enough salary to feed the house. Her mom takes care of her Granddad, her sister who has a son named Thomas, works in a flower shop. She is intelligent but not qualified. Her Dad works in a furniture company and is dreading a suspension call anytime soon. After she loses her job, she is in urgent need of another. Her advisor Syed tells her of various jobs from working in a chicken factory to a strip club.
Louisa is disgruntled and impatient. Syed comes with another job, this is something Lou has never done and never wanted to do. The work is to take care of a quadriplegic, the paralysis of all the four limbs.
Her first question is if she has to clean his arse. Syed tells her he will find out and if the answer is in a negative, she will have to take the job.
The first time Lou meets Will is unlike any other romantic story. Will makes incoherent sounds just to scare her away. She secretly is afraid but doesn’t let it show on her face. She remains bright and cheery towards him. She thinks Will hates her and who wouldn’t be in his situation? She reasoned.
Camille, Will’s mother employs her. At first, all Lou wants to do is leave the job but weeks later, she is used to Will. Will becomes patient and a little friendly with time. He with his sarcastic but funny remarks makes Lou comfortable.
Did I tell you Lou has a boyfriend? Patrick is a runner and what I call a fitness freak. He runs Marathons, spends most of his time running or talking about it.
Then there is Will’s nurse, Nathan, who is a strong part of this novel. I liked him since the beginning. Will trusted him and talked to him. Lou felt safe when he was around and it was just difficult to not like Nathan.
The story continues with Lou getting more friendly with Will. One day, she overhears Will’s parents talking about dignitas, the place in Switzerland where patients who are fed up of their life and lost all hope go to end their life. She thinks of Camille as heartless because which mother would let her son die?
Lou writes a letter to Camille informing her that she won’t be working anymore.
Camille then tells Lou the complete truth.
From there, I certainly had lost interest in food, water or sleep. I can’t express my feelings towards this novel in a single review. I cried even after reading the whole story. I know some compare it to ‘The Fault in our stars’ which was another tearjerker but they aren’t alike, the story is completely different.
I vowed to myself after reading ‘The Fault in our stars’ that I would never read anything like that again. I loved it but I hate crying and these novels will make you sob. I last time I cried like this was when I completed ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘Walk to Remember’. The thing is I didn’t look like a patient of conjunctivitis after reading the ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘Walk to Remember’.
If you, by any chance, think your life is absolute Shit then read this. You will get a new view towards Life.
Also, there is a movie coming out very soon with probably (definitely) the best actors. I saw the trailer and it was quite awesome. They changed some things but well, books are always better than movies because of the same reason. Still, the cast for Will is Sam Claflin (swoons, hits head and heaven) and for Louisa is Emilia Clarke (The Game Of Thrones, she is perfect.)
Oh God, these tears need to just leave me alone. My mother is getting suspicious now and my father is asking me “If I am fine” more often than ordinarily. My sister is rolling her eyes because she knows.
I can’t Judge Will but I really hoped throughout the story, until the last page of Q/A with the author that he will change his mind.
An excerpt from the novel —
‘Oh, come on, it’s not as if they’ve never seen a girl nibbling a bloke’s collar before.’
I seemed to have briefly silenced him. Will blinked a couple of times, made as if to shake his head. I noticed with amusement that his neck had coloured a deep red.
I straightened my skirt. ‘Anyway,’ I said, ‘I think we should both just be grateful that it wasn’t in your trousers.’
I love both of them, so much.
“There are some feelings in this world they haven’t invented the right words for.”
And as Will said in his letter –
I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well.
You get just one life, live.