Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
Me Before You came to me through a recommendation. Since I had read Jojo Moyes work in the past and enjoyed it, I picked up a copy and eagerly engrossed myself in it.
It wasn’t hard to stay absorbed. First, I enjoy Moyes voice and writing style. She is proficient in creating characters with their own identity. I didn’t like all of the characters, but that is a positive. Every character being likable would grow boring after a while, the same as if each person we met had the same personality. Will’s mother, Camille is a tight ass. Yes, we feel for what she is going through because let’s face it, almost every parent in the world would rather go through something horrific than to see our child go through it. I understand where she is coming from, but she didn’t have to be such an arse about it.
I loved Will, and like Lou, I would have done everything but move the earth to stop what was going to happen. (Trying not to give spoilers). It was a different kind of love story, and I can see why it was made into a major motion picture.
I had the advantage of hearing about the sequel, which I believe is called After You, so I am not compelled to run out and buy it. I was also told about the movie. From what I understand, the movie was very good, but – it lacked one crucial scene. I am told that the scene in the maze between Will and Lou was not included in the movie. I feel that was a mistake because it is within that scene (in the book) where they learn each other’s reasons for ‘why’. Why he is intent on carrying out his wish, and why she is the way she is. It is alluded to in the movie, but including the scene would have been much better.
Again, I enjoyed the book very much, and would highly recommend it. Buy it for the story, read it for the style. In a distinct voice, Jojo Moyes writes a tragic love story in the vein of Nicholas Sparks.
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