Me Before You | Book Review
Series: Me Before You #1
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman 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.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Me Before You was a whirlwind of emotion and one that I really enjoyed. Louisa Clark is hired by the Traynor family in order to be a hired help for their quadriplegic son Will.
Who should read Me Before You:
- You like a personal development story
- When there’s an unconventional love story
- Quirky characters with real-life conversations.
Who shouldn’t read Me Before You:
- If you are triggered by thoughts of suicide.
- You just don’t like really sad books.
- A book that offers a different outlook.
This book is one of a kind. There is a honesty throughout this book that is refreshing, the characters have conversations that you yourself would imagine having. Lou Clark offers up unabashed optimism that at times becomes a little overwhelming, but it is undoubtedly her character as part of her as anything else. The thing about this book is even when the optimism becomes cringe worthy, you don’t mind because it’s completely Lou and that’s just the way she is.
Will Traynor is a character that is presented as being completely unlikeable at the beginning but you grow attached to his character and begin to see his side of things and it becomes the biggest inner conflict of the entire book. I really struggled with what was the right thing to happen, and I think that’s why I love this book so much. Even in the end I was still unresolved as to whether I was happy with the ending.
The journey that these two go on is something that is both upsetting but hilarious. The way that the two of them bounce off each other is what makes this book as good as it is. The banter and interactions genuinely made me chuckle, they were just real.
I loved this book and the eventual direction this book went in, the opposing points of view, the way controversial issues were presented, it was all done so cleverly and with a subtle power. This book broke so many of my emotions free, and I would definitely consider rereading it really soon.
If you haven’t picked this book up then please do. I would definitely recommend it to all of my friends.
Have you ever read a book that pulls on all the heart strings and left you an emotional wreck? Let me know in the comments below!