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.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
A powerful, captivating and heartbreaking read that revolves around a controversial subject matter and personal choice. To say this book is a beautiful love story wouldn't be a lie, but at the same time there are no whispers or promises of happily ever after. Me Before You in all its honest prose is a story that will live with you for the rest of your life.
I'm struggling with how to approach this review, because a part of me isn't ready to expel it yet, I can't seem to let this story or Lou and Will go. Crazy isn't it, to think that a book can have that much power over you, that much of an affect that it literally clinches itself to your book loving soul and doesn't seem to want to let go.
As far as the writing goes, Me Before You is beautifully honest and uncomfortably raw, with an injection of that typical British dry wit and humour that we know and love offering a much needed distraction and a perfect balance. This book didn't feel like a work of fiction at all, but more a memoir by a woman that tells of a man who changed her whole outlook and attitude to life. A man, through all intents and purposes gave up hope in a life he didn't choose, only to find in those last six months a happiness he never thought existed.
Lou and Will are not your conventional couple but what they had was palpable and so honest you wanted to bask in the beauty of it. It held an air of innocence and sensitivity that is very hard to find in a romantic novel these days.
Lou is one of the strongest heroines I have ever had the pleasure of reading, throughout everything, her focus and loyalty to Will never wavered, only her emotions, and given the circumstances of Will' s demise, it was completely understandable that she experienced the case of the wobbles from time to time.
Will... Oh it's hard not to mention him without wanting to shed a tear. To have it all; success, wealth, respect, beauty, to losing it in a blink of an eye on one rainy day was such a tragedy. The need or desire to take that power back can only come from personal choice; a determined and strong mind set with a wish to be set free.
Assisted suicide is not a subject that many can discuss lightly over the dinner table, and when Will' s parents, Mr and Mrs Traynor ask for an ultimatum, Will gives his parents six months to come to terms with his decision.
Lou has just lost her job at the cafe and is in desperate need of new employment. She never thought she would end up on the doorstep of one of the richest families in her small town, or imagined she would help a disabled man as his new caregiver, but fate has a funny way of throwing two people together, especially those destined to meet.
This story is a real gem because it gives more than it takes; it makes you feel, makes you think and it challenges your personal beliefs. Throughout it all, I was compelled, inspired and even though I held on to some hope, I knew the outcome, eventually was going to be tough and break my bloody heart, but at the centre of it all, this is also a deeply moving and sensational love story that will stay with you, forever.
An absolute MUST READ!!!