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Synopsis: 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…
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… And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.- Goodreads
I don’t usually like reading books people recommend but for months, I’ve been on a massive READING spree which involves reading anything I can set eyes on.
So, on Sunday evening, when a friend of mine messaged me and said, “Ada please read this book. The movie comes out this week.” I did.
The book began with a prologue describing an accident that left me a bit confused, because it seemed a bit rushed. Then the first sentence of the first chapter went like this: There are 158 footsteps between the bus stop and home, but it can stretch to 180 if you aren’t in a hurry, like maybe if you’re wearing platform shoes.
I was hooked immediately on the simple but alluring way it was written and it felt like a breath of fresh air. I dare you not to be hooked too.
Me before You is a British book, and you are bound to encounter the word, Bloke. In Naija, we use bloke to describe a delicious hunk of a man. This word kept reappearing till I figured that what I thought meant sexy, cool, masculine young man actually meant regular guy. Huge Let Down.
Enough of the talk-talk, for the main review:
The book is written in first person singular and we saw the world from the eyes of the main character, Louisa Clark. She is a girl from a poor home with no qualifications whatsoever who comes across a job opportunity at a huge house close to her parent’s home (where she lives at the ripe age of 27). She ends up working for a rich, rather depressed, quadriplegic (crippled) man, Will Traynor, who barely has any motion in his arms. Depressed and withdrawn, he was nasty to Louisa at first until her rude comments thawed his icy heart. She discovers his death wish (LOL) and took to the project of convincing him to live but I realized rather late that she was the one who did the living in the end (No pun intended). He ended up making see things from a different perspective and brought out a side of her she never knew existed. This explains the title ME BEFORE YOU, which could be loosely interpreted as ME BEFORE I MET YOU. Well, along the way they fell in love.
I also appreciated that Louisa had a boyfriend, the Running man, almost througout the book and that the writer didn’t make him commit some unforgivable act that would make Louisa end the relationship. In fact, I felt sorry for him when she ended things between them.
The writer, Jojo Moyes, did a bit of a switch of Point of View (POV) when she showed what Will’s mother, father and nurse were thinking (reminding me a bit of Wattpad novels, no judgement). I also noticed that everyone got to briefly tell their thoughts, except for Will himself which would have spoilt the suspense (and would have been extremely depressing, yeesh!).
Jojo Moyes did an amazing job at portraying the life of Louisa to the point where I had a mental map of the town and especially the small, chaotic Clark house. I kept biting my nails in suspense especially towards the end, struggling with my own morals on whether or not Will should go ahead with his plan to visit Dignitas (I checked, this is a real place in Switzerland where people go to commit suicide and also when they are trying NOT to commit suicide http://www.dignitas.ch/?lang=en ).
It was a touching love story with a deep moral; it would leave you with deep questions about the established morals in society. Are there situations when Suicide is right?
The romance was mild, but their moments will leave you with a mouthful of “awws” and “eh-yas”. There was a brief Q and A at the back of the book that I truly appreciated especially when I learnt that Will’s predicament was based on a true story.
Honestly, I enjoyed the book, a must read for anyone who loves reading heartfelt stories. I expect to enjoy the movie too (Comes out today June 3rd).
Now a teeny-weeny bear hug because you are simply amazing for reading this post.
And for the Weekly Catch Up:
- We’re in my birthday month.
- I made every green light on my way home from work.
- My first Time: I attempted a children’s story… Not my best work.