All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.”Excerpt from:
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
Synopsis from Gradesavers
Me Before You begins with its protagonist, Louisa Clark, losing her steady job at a cafe. Since her family’s financial situation is increasingly worrisome, she takes the best available job in her small town: care worker for a quadriplegic man. The man is Will Traynor, a former London businessman who has been seriously injured in an accident. Will is bitter when Lou first meets him, and subjects her to cruelty and ironic asides. However, the two eventually begin to connect, sharing jokes and treating one another with straightforward honesty. Will encourages Lou to explore interests outside of her comfort zone, while Lou gives Will practical assistance and helps him to feel less depressed.
This novel’s plot is the most touching I’ve read at any time in my life. This book provides insight into what life may be like for individuals who have actual handicaps as well as those who have everyone around them. This is not the type of book I usually read. Indeed, I typically avoid “sickness”-related novels, and I also sought to avoid tales of physical incapacities, because I have a direct family with me who can’t walk, and as a result, I am quite sensitive about the subject. However, I lament holding this book unread on my iBook for up to a year.
Given that there isn’t any actual physical touch in the plot, I might claim that this novel is entirely different in sentiment from anything else I’ve read. Everything revolves around Lou and Will’s ardent friendship. The main characters, rather than the odd ones you typically see in love novels, seem to be growing closer to one another. This is the sensation you have when you no longer dare to hope for a relationship like this. A few times while reading this book, I really burst into tears, and I had to put the book down for a moment so that I could let all of my emotions out, especially in the final chapter.
Me Before You is a superbly emotional tale which will make us read till the early hours of the morning with a stack of folded tissues on our bedside. Effectively, people will perceive people with disabilities in a clearer light than they previously did. I can’t recommend this book enough. It is really astounding and certainly a must-read for anyone. Please give it a chance; I didn’t feel that this sort of book was for me, but it will always be on my list of favorite novels. To all book readers out there, I wholeheartedly suggest this book. ☺️