Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Length: 369 pages
Plot: 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.
Favorite Quote: “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 have the choice not to let that happen.”
Let me start off by saying that after a long time I have read a book which has touched my heart in a different way. We see most of the part of the book through Louisa’s eyes, apart from a few chapters which makes the writing vivid. Louisa is a 26 year old female with a quirky rather odd dress sense, who has no desire to do anything in life or better herself in any way. She is stuck in a mundane job at a tea shop, which she apparently could have survived in her entire life. Lou is an eccentric woman in a seven year long loveless relationship, fighting over clothes with her sister, living a purposeless life. With major turn of events, she ends up with a job at the mansion near the castle she has been passing by since her childhood. Our other key character, Will is a C5-C6 quadriplegic for whom Louisa starts working. Will was an adrenaline junkie, a successful entrepreneur, a rich, handsome guy with girls drooling over him, until one fateful day he met with an accident and was stuck in the wheelchair for the rest of his life.
The journey of how Lou and Will make a difference in each other’s life, is worth a read. It’s wonderful their fears and insights are exposed, the intellectual stimulation they provide each other, the way they develop strength and become the irrevocably rich individuals as each day in their life unfolds. The affection, the care, the love, the respect, the understanding is so pure and well explained that you would crave for someone like that in your life, if you don’t have ‘the one’ already.
There are quite a few moments in the book that break my heart, but what really chokes my throat is the end, the beautiful, witty, letter in the epilogue. For all the readers who sort out to feel something while reading a book, this one is for you.