I was sent a copy of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes by Penguin Canada. As with most books that are hyped up to the extreme I was curious and apprehensive about reading it. After reading two extremely suspenseful novels in a row, I found Me Before You a little slow-paced but exceedingly beautiful and thorough.
Me Before You is a modern-day love story that will open your chest and break your heart — in the best kind of way. It centers around Louisa Clark, the most ordinary girl you’ve ever met, and Will Traynor, a man who had a huge, successful life before ending up in a wheelchair. Louisa takes a job as Will’s caretaker but finds herself on an even more grueling task — showing Will that he has a life worth living.
This love story is detailed, beautiful, and it gives each character so much life. By the end of the book you feel a connection between yourself and Lousia and Will, one that you feel for days after.
In reading this novel you not only hope that Lousia succeeds in showing Will all the reasons his life is worth living but you take into account all the ways in which YOUR own life is worth living. You observe your life from a different perspective and you may even change your life because of it.
“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life…is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.” (Page 58)