Yes I know, Me Before You has been out for ages. They even made a film out of it, starring everyone’s girl crush Emilia Clarke. And yes even my cold heart melted a little bit when I saw the film and I must admit that a single tear escaped my eye. But that was all, okay!
Seriously, I loved the film and it was the reason why I decided to buy the book and read it. Usually I read the book before I see the film, but sometimes I do not want to be the “BUT IN THE BOOK THEY…..” kinda person. The struggles are very real. Anyway, back on topic. I finished reading Me Before You a while ago and I never had the chance to write about it, which is a shame because everybody deserves to know about its greatness!
Me Before You: the story
The story is about Lou who loses her job and has a hard time finding another one. This puts a great strain on the family, with her sister having to take care of her son and her grandfather also living with the family. Lou’s income is needed, and thus she does everything she can to get employed again. Thing is, this is not that easy in a small town when you have no qualifications. Eventually, she is sent to a job interview at the Traynor’s, where she will be needed to take care of their quadriplegic son Will. Despite not having any experience, Lou is hired and while initially Will seems to hate her, they do grow closer to each other. Lou tries everything she can to make him see that living is wonderful, but Will has already made another decision…
I’m going to be honest, I’m not the kind of girl who reads romantic girly stories. But there was something about this story that caught my attention. Of course I had already seen the film when I started reading this, but even before that I was intrigued. This is not your average love story. It is a complicated one that is heartwarming and sweet, yet utterly heartbreaking. It’s about a love that is impossible yet Lou is such a positive character that she keeps believing she can make a change. It is a welcome change from the often depressing female leads. Lou is colourful, energetic and her own person. A perfect match for Will who has lost his love for life.
It got me thinking
The writing is accessible, which made it pleasant to read. The author did not need to prove her writing skills by using difficult words or poetic language. Yet the message of the book was very clear: Live life to the fullest because you never know when it’s over. You have an infinite potential that is wasted if you do not dare to live your dreams.
The book has certainly got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in my own life. In that sense, I did identify with Lou and also when it comes to her positive outlook on life. Her fashion choices are not my thing, but hey, we can’t have it all!
If you are looking for a lovely book to read over Christmas and don’t mind spending money on tissues, this is a great choice.