Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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.
I love a book that makes me feel and is written in a way that makes me feel as though I am experiencing everything that the characters are feeling and you definitely get that with Me Before You. Although a wee bit slow at first the amount of heart and selflessness in this book is inspirational. I had never read a book about a quadriplegic or even a person in a wheelchair so it was interesting learning what their day to day lives are like (at least in a fictional world).
Lou is self-sacrificing to the point where she’s willing to do just about anything to keep those she cares about happy and healthy without a second thought about her own needs. She was born and raised, and continues to live, in the same town in the same house with zero plans on leaving. She’s in a relationship that is going nowhere and is basically existing but not living. When she gets the job as Will’s caretaker she only does it because she desperately needs the money. In truth she feels awkward and Will doesn’t make it any easier for her.
It’s beautiful to see her progress from someone that has no aspirations to someone that dares to dream. The road certainly hasn’t been easy for her but she is starting to find her way thanks to Will.
Will went from being an adventurous daredevil with a work hard play harder mentality to being stuck in a wheelchair with virtually no use of his limbs in the blink of an eye. For someone with such a thirst for life it’s a hard pill to swallow knowing that the best years of his life are behind him. When he first meets Lou he’s determined to make her as miserable as he is and at first it works but when some secrets come to light everything changes.
Will and Lou truly bring out the best in each other and push each other to do things that they never though they could do. At times the emotion in this book is so real that it is hard to believe that it is fiction. The sequel After You is currently on my nightstand waiting for me to delve into it and I can’t wait! I waited too long to see it in the movies but as soon as it’s out on dvd it’s mine!
This book definitely lives up to the hype.
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