Me before You by Jojo Moyes
“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”.
Louisa’s life is no longer in motion. She lets her surroundings control her and her actions. One day, she gets a job taking care of Will, who’s disabled after a horrible accident. They don’t have many things in common – only that both them are not really living anymore. Louisa and Will have a long and tough mentally journey together, but along the way, they become closer and start to get to know each other.
“Me before You” is a beautiful story, although it’s sad and sets your mind going. All of the characters are interesting and well-described, and everyone has their own personal battles to fight. Furthermore, it is a story about love and friendship, even though; I wouldn’t completely call it a true love story. Many have discussed this fact after reading the novel. There are elements of love, but more love that combines two people and comes along with trust and the beginning of a friendship.
“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”
I liked the ethical dilemma of the story; “is it allowed to end your own life and being well-aware of it?” A thing that keeps turning up in Will’s mind. He wants to end his own life because he is no longer happy due to the fact that he’s limited to sitting in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Even though, Will’s thoughts circles around death and suicide, he actually gets more alive by the thought. Personally, I had an association to “Mrs. Dalloway” which is written by Virginia Woolf. This fact that allowing death as a presence in your life makes you live life more. It simply makes you more alive being aware of it luring in the background.
Jojo Moyes is definitely a great writer. She is really capable of letting the reader be a part of the story and everything that the characters feel, you feel as well, while reading the book.
Sadly, I expected too much because everyone else had told me I was about to read one of the best books – but again, which books you like in books is very subjective. At first, everyone told me I would cry my eyes out, but I didn’t. I thought the story was beautiful, thoughtful and sad, but yet the moral of the story was encouraging. I liked how Will kept on encouraging and supporting Louisa, because he knew that she was not living her life completely.
“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”
Me before You is a story about friendship and keep on being inspired to not give up on your life and yourself. It’s about letting go of your fears and moving on, although it’s difficult.
It is important to remember to not stop living and not let the ghosts of your past define your present life – and future. Whatever your future holds.