Before Me before You became the must see romantic film of 2016, it was a beautifully moving novel written by JoJo Moyes. Me before You is a love story like no other I have ever read and although a tearjerker at heart, the comical moments and lovable characters entwine together to make this book a really enjoyable read.
Me before You is the story of Will and Lou, a tale of boy meets girl with a difference. Louisa Clark is a home bird, age 26 and living in the town she was born in, her quirky fashion sense and chatty nature made me love this character pretty much as soon as she was introduced on the page. Lou is happy living her small town life, living with her parents and working in a cafe near the town’s castle. That is until one day her boss hands her her final wages and tells her the cafe is closing. Lou is faced with the task of finding a new job, this is how she meets Will.
Will Traynor is a rich, high flying and powerful business man. He is living the dream, he has a beautiful girlfriend and a life full of adventure and friends. That is until one day on his way to work he is hit be a motorbike and the life he loves, the life he has always known, is over. Although tragic, it is thanks to this accident Louisa and Will meet.
Camilla Traynor, Will’s mother, employs Lou to be a carer for Will. Although she has no experience whatsoever, Camilla employs Lou anyway. Following his accident, Will is now wheelchair bound, a quadriplegic with no chance of recovery and a shadow of his former self. As it does Lou, it took me quite a while to warm to Will, in fact I really didn’t like him to start with. Obviously though, as the chapters progress Will and Lou start to form a relationship, not a romantic one and often not even a friendly one, just a tolerance for each other filled with sarcastic comments, witty remarks and enlightening conversations.
Just as all seems to be going well JoJo Moyes chucks in a revelation that sends the story of Lou and Will hurtling down a different path. I won’t reveal what the big secret is in case (like I did) you know nothing about this book, all I will say is as soon as I read it I didn’t want to read on as I did not want it to be true. The story continues down this new, uncertain and emotional route, all the while Lou is in turmoil over what she has discovered and is determined to stop it from happening.
I found this second section of the book really gripping, I couldn’t put my paperback down as I just needed to know how everything was going to turn out. By this point Will had really grown on me and I loved Lou’s character so much I didn’t want anything to happen that may upset her. It was during the chapters leading up to the end that I found myself with a knot in my chest and the moistness of tears waiting to spill from my eyes. Although there were a few conversations between Will and Lou near the end where I had to close the book, a kind of if I don’t read on nothing bad can happen attitude, I managed to get through the whole book without crying. Be warned though, have your tissues ready because this book is sad and if I hadn’t have filled those last few chapters with little breaks then I definitely would have been sobbing my heart out.
Yes this book is sad but it is also insightful, funny, well observed and incredibly moving. I have previously read The One plus One by JoJo Moyes and I just love the way she makes you really care about her characters and what happens to them. If you’re looking for a romance novel that is so much more than just a romance novel, I would really recommend the beautifully touching tale of Will and Lou, Me before You.
Also, I just wanted to mention I read the book and then I went to see the film in the cinema. While I loved both I would say, if you want to do both, read the book first as there is quite a bit missing from the film – as is so often the case with page to screen adaptations.
Have you read Me before You, what did you think of the book? If you haven’t read it would you consider grabbing a copy now and having a read? What about anyone who has read the book and seen the film, what are your thoughts? I would love to know.
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