Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance
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.
For those of you little book elves who DON'T KNOW, I LOVE book to movie adaptations. If I see movie coming out “based on the novel by______”....naturally I want to read the book! I knowwwww. I’m one of those...honestly I have no shame about it either.
So yeah the adorable trailer for Me Before You gave me goosebumps and I resonated with Lou on like a spirit animal type level, so I immediately reserved the book from the library. Me good feelings pretty much rolled downhill from there. This is one of those gloriously beautiful uplifting, yet gut wrenchingly heartbreaking reads. (Also….it’s British, and another fun fact you may not have known about me..I LOVE ALL THINGS BRITISH). I will do this as SPOILER FREE as possible. Here we go….
Louisa Clark is INCREDIBLE. She’s my hero. Her eccentric wardrobe alone is enough to make her a true visionary in my mind, but she’s bubbly and kind and content, even when she needn’t be. She romanced me from the beginning. I LOVE HER.
Will Traynor. He’s a really great character. He lived a wonderful privileged life and awful circumstance took it away. He’s bitter. He’s angry. Can’t say I wouldn’t feel the same. He is paralyzed from the chest down, very limited use of his hands. He needs full time care and assistance with everything. It’s made him cold. Let’s seeeeee if Lou can help that shall we?!
So….I mean. He’s paralyzed. I think it’s safe to say we go into this story knowing it’s going to be rough and regardless of WHAT happens a “traditional happy ending” isn’t in the cards for our lovelies…..
Lou finds herself in a desperate job hunt and ends up serving as a “companion” to Will Traynor for a much needed hefty sum of money. Given very little information from Will’s mother aside from, DON’T LEAVE HIM ALONE she is pretty much on her own to navigate the waters of Will….Through persistent trial and error she pushes on determined to break down Will’s walls.
She is also hilarious….
It's a long thankless process but you find yourself rooting for her so much because even though Will is a butthead you can just sense the goodness in him right underneath the surface. With time, Lou is able to finally chip away some of that hardened exterior and get to the realness of Will.
While going down this road Lou learns some real troubling new regarding Wills plans for his future. Unable to accept the reality Lou makes it her mission to show Will the beauty and fun in everything she can. To remind him that there are plenty of things worth being around for. As this plan develops you can see their relationship shift and grow and it's really amazing to read about the changes that they bring out in one another. The both seem to learn and grow and take away from their time together.
IS THIS BOOK HEARTBREAKING? YESSSS. SHOULD YOU STILL READ IT? ABSOLUTELY!
It has a very TFIOS aspect to it in that, some may say it is heartbreaking or sad….and it IS, but it’s also so much more. It’s beautiful and really uplifting. To see people who can hold a love so intense and pure, even if it’s not forever. They come out happier or braver or stronger on the other side. They come out better for having been in eachother's lives and I think that's the REAL essence of stories like this. SOME people can’t get past the sorrow or tragedies to see that sunshine on the other side….and THAT'S OK, but if that's YOU, then i wouldn’t bother reading this book. CAUSE THAT'S THE KIND OF BOOK IT IS.
ALLLLLL that being said. I loved it. It was quirky and fun and heartbreaking and beautifully warm. I was OK with everything that happened.
HOWEVER I do not have any plans on continuing with the second book….I KNOW RIGHT?!?! I just can’t do it. I’m not a reader who always needs MORE of every story I read...I liked the way it ended and I prefer to envision Lou’s adventures in my head. I’m scared the book will take her in an entirely different place...BLAHH. (Anyone who HAS read it please leave comments and let me know what you think!)
THE MOVIE WAS INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL, PERFECTLY CASTED AND HAD ME IN TEARS! SUBTLE CHANGES, BUT CHANGES I WAS 100% ON BOARD WITH.