From the author:
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Me Before You kept showing up in my recommended reads, so I finally read it; this was my first book by Jojo Moyes. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Louisa (Lou). She worked in a café and she was a strong financial provider to her family. I had to put aside my feelings for the way her family and boyfriend treated her – they are a selfish hot mess.
So what is this book? This is a love story, but it’s not a romantic overly gushy boy meets girl, boy falls in love with the girl and they ride off into the sunset one might expect. Lou lost her job at the café she worked at, but was able to get a job as Will Traynor’s caregiver. Will is a quadriplegic who once lived a large life. When we meet him after his accident he is broody and mean and no one is immune from his bad behavior. Lou needed the money to help support her family, so she thickened up her chaps and took it. Throughout the story, she stops letting him affect her with this snippy comments and responses to her. And then she overhears a secret Will’s mother and sister are talking about and she’s floored. His mother never told her why the contract was only 6 months, but this is where we see Lou work to be what Will needs, but at what price?
There isn’t but so much I can say about the story without spoilers, but reading it I felt like I was falling out of the emotion tree hitting every branch on the way down. I was happy, sad, mad, glad. There are flashbacks on Lou’s life and we see Will trying to get her to experience more in life because she was living her ordinarily boring life within her town’s limits as she had never left. So we see growth and change. We are also front and center for one of the biggest heartaches I’ve ever read. There are raw emotions driving life decisions that fall squarely on the controversial spectrum and we follow the characters as they navigate them.
This book had me on an emotional roller coaster and I lost count of the number of loop-the-loops. I don’t cry often in a book, but this one left me a sobbing mess and the book hangover was HUGE. I wholeheartedly believe this is a must read, but be prepared for emotional overload mixed as you navigate love, growth, and controversial topics. Don’t forget your tissues.
My rating: 5 tiaras
Until next time…