I have heard from so many people say that Jojo Moyes is the lady to read! For years I have heard this, but I have to be in a very specific mood to read sad romantic books. However, I was immediately transported in such a mood right after I watched the trailer for the movie adaptation! And just like I anticipated, I cried buckets and buckets of tears.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Viking Adult
Release Date: December 31st, 2012
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
As a person who is well acquainted with death and seeing loved ones die, I’m not sure if this was a healthy read for me, but it was nonetheless excellent. I loved how quirky Moyes’s character Louisa Clark was. I have read many quirky characters before in a variety of books, but none that were so realistic. She was quirky without being overboard. It was extremely easy to identify with her, seeing as I make awkward mistakes and say things that people don’t understand because my humor diverges from society’s common humor.
In comes Will Traynor with his dark humor and depressed outlook on life. His story made me ache for him. Everything made me just want to hug the guy. It was so difficult to read because I saw my mother in him. My mother was not a quadriplegic, but she was bed ridden and died soon after because of cancer, and that last month and half was so sad. She had good days and bad days, and Will Traynor was just like that.
I love how realistic this book was in the care of Will… though there were many things left out, I don’t think it romanticized as much as I was afraid this book would. I won’t say this book was a joy to read… because using the word ‘joy’ would mean that I enjoyed the reading of it. On the contrary, I was sad all the time. I was sad even though I laughed. I was sad even though I smiled at funny thing Will or Louisa said. But nonetheless this was a beautiful book and one sooooo entirely worthy of becoming a film.
I gave this book 5 stars.
WARNING: Be prepared to sob buckets of tears during this book…. Do not read it in public, you will ugly girl cry and get mascara EVERYWHERE!