"I had 117 days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live."
If you haven't seen this book floating around the bookosphere, you must have been taking a hiatus from social media. Me Before You is probably featured on every bookstagrammers IG page and is set to hit theaters in June. So what are my thoughts? Is it worth all the hype?
AB-SO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!!! If you follow me on Twitter you've had front row seats to my real time responses to this novel. When I first purchased this book, I thought it would just be another boy meets girl, girl meets boy romance, but Moyes seemed bent on NOT being that predictable.
As I read this book, tears streamed down my face as the storyline was unveiled. Will and Louisa have a rough start and you're left to feel empathetic for both characters. On one end, there's Louisa Clark. She's just lost her job, has a pre-occupied boyfriend who isn't exactly a modern day Romeo, feels the weight of needing to work to help supplement her family's lack of income and more. What I love about Louisa is she's upbeat, unapologetically unique and chooses to be happy despite life's funky moments.
And now she's been employed to care for acerbic, grumpy and bitter Will Traynor. But can you blame his less than bright eyed view of life? Will was a successful business man who lived a life on the fast track. His life was full of action and adventure, however a freak road accident leaves him to live his life as a quadriplegic. Will lived such a lively existence and now he's confined to a wheelchair completely dependent on those around him to survive.
As Lou takes on caring for Will and trying to be as upbeat as possible, she overhears a secret that changes everything.
This novel truly made me reevaluate the little gifts of life. The ability to feed myself. The ability to hug someone I love. The ability to come and go as I please. There were so many times I felt for Will! I could only imagine how many times he wanted to reach for Lou and couldn't.
I suppose that is one of the things I loved most about this novel. It wasn't just about love when love is convenient. It was about love that surpassed convenience. It was about life and choice.
Although it was a page turner from the beginning (I finished it in 2 days), I wasn't invested until halfway through. I did like the way Moyes wrote a few of the chapters from the POV of other characters in the story. It really contributed to getting a well rounded perspective of how others were affected.
I wanted so desperately for the story to go one way and ... it just didn't. I don't want to give away any spoilers but gahhhhhhh! Go read it. It's heartbreakingly wonderful and truly has so many nuggets to chew on long after the final page.
|Literally what I felt by the end. This + boxes of Kleenex|
Have you read this book? Do you plan to?
What were your thoughts?