Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 4 minutes
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
First Line: There are 158 footsteps between the bus stop and home, but it can stretch to 180 if you aren’t in a hurry, like maybe if you’re wearing platform shoes.
Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Set in a quaint village in England… Be still my beating heart…
I thought, briefly, that I would never feel as intensely connected to the world, to another human being, as I did at that moment.
In this tale we follow Louisa Clark. Louisa has just lost her job as a barista/coffee shop guru. Nervous about how she’s going to help support her family, she goes job hunting. Louisa is a fascinating human because even though she isn’t sure what her passion is, she is very picky about what she wants to do without trying them first. In her own way, she is holding herself back from the experiences of life. (And BTW she has a douche of a boyfriend… been there done that, eh?)
You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.
Will is suffering the repercussions of a terrible motorcycle accident. He is now a quadriplegic looking for a caretaker. Actually, his mother is looking for a caretaker for him. A man who once lived larger than life, is now stuck to the confines of a wheelchair. (Guess who his caretaker is going to be? I’ll give you one guess…)
Louisa and Will meet under uncomfortable circumstances. Louisa is hired to take care of Will (without any experience) and Will obviously does not want her there. Eventually her quirky personality rubs off on him, and he shows her how to live. In return, Louisa shows Will how to love.
You are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.
I have become a whole new person because of you.
Will. Sigh. What a debonair dawg!
Oooo and there are so many good twists in this story! Will’s ex-girlfriend is introduced… She is engaged… to Will’s best friend. TRAITOR! And the biggest conflict is Will’s desire to end his life. “Assisted Suicide” they call it.
After Louisa learns of Will’s agreement with his parents to end his own life, she does everything to convince him he has a life worth living. Except she only has 6 months to do it, because that’s the timeframe Will promised.
So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.
Hop on board! This train is going to swoonville!
Jojo Moyes, how on earth did you pull this story off? This book is filled with controversial topics. It is so incredibly difficult to write about the pains of disability without being disrespectful. Me Before You is tasteful, romantic, and absolutely breathtaking. I found myself empathizing with Will and his suffering. I didn’t want him to have pain, but at the same time I felt like he was being selfish… but was he really being selfish? Gah. Difficult questions that must be answered!
Jojo Moyes writes another heart-stopping romance. Me Before You is a story about an incredible love without borders, and without restrictions. Lou and Will have a love that never dies.