4.13.2016

Book Review: Me Before You

There's a lot of hype going around for the novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Its movie is coming out soon in June so I thought I better read it before the movie hits the cinema. I am not a big fan of romantic reads, but to have a break from my usual reading list that's mostly filled with thrillers, I picked it up anyways.
SYNOPSIS:
The story revolves around a small town girl Louisa Clark who lived in a bubble of her rather small world. She has a below-average job, an average relationship, and a family to care about. Then out of the blue, she loses her job and her financial condition won't let her stay jobless. So all she can manage is a career's job to a quadriplegic Will Traynor, who's a bit hopeless to live with the dark shadows of her mega-successful past life after a horrible accident . With Lou's efforts and care, things start changing for both Will and Lou. It's the story about two people who aren't living the way they should. And it's also the story about how they change afterward.

REVIEW TIME!
It's not a typical romance novel, in fact, it's more of a self-recovery based story that's emotional and somehow heartbreaking at the same time. There is a plot twist that better not get revealed.

Small town, boxed dreams, tragedies in the past, lack of decision making were ruling the protagonist Lou Clark. She didn't try to break through. To her, it seemed like a lot of work.
Past life's grand adventures, memories, broken dreams and many broken bones were ruling Will Traynor.

Since Lou was a carer for Will, she tried everything she could to make him happy. To make him feel lively. Though Will's character was sarcastic, grumpy, and nothing near lively. But I couldn't blame him. With a life he had lived before the accident, it seemed a bit hard to get back.

As Will was living in the ghost town of his past, so was Lou. Their circumstances were different but that familiar feeling of loss connected, eventually. Together, they stepped out of their comfort zones and lived a little more than before.

End of the good part.
The characters in this book were cruelly realistic and this realism was what made it a real like story, despite it being a work of fiction. Though most of the time, they came off as pure selfish people who thought only about themselves. It's somehow the raw reality of human life. We think about ourselves. And sometimes, only about ourselves.

There were parts when the story was told by other characters, from their own point of view. It was a good addition, to take a break from the protagonist's narration and shift to someone else. 

This book made me cry. Weeping and sobbing kinda cry. When I finished reading, I couldn't speak. I was crying and trying to get the story out of my mind, which was an impossible task. Some books leave you speechless, it was one of those books. Moyes possesses a beautiful writing style. I felt lost in the kingdom of her words.

I have to disagree with some points of the book. The life of a quadriplegic is indeed hard, even to imagine. But this book was determined to tell how it was IMPOSSIBLE for Will to live. I wonder how it would affect someone with a disability. It's not a cheery read.
A rollercoaster of emotions & tragedy and a tale of growing out of the swamp of past, it's a must read. I am glad I got to read it. There were things I didn't want to read and there were things I re-read in this story, and if I could summarize it in one line, it would be "beautifully heartbreaking".

FAVORITE QUOTES:
"You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible."
"Push yourself. Don't Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE."
"I will never, ever regret the things I've done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to."
"Hey Clark', he said.'Tell me something good'. I stared out of the window at the bright-blue Swiss sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn't have met, and who didn't like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other. And I told him of the adventures they had, the places they had gone, and the things I had seen that I had never expected to. I conjured for him electric skies and iridescent seas and evenings full of laughter and silly jokes. I drew a world for him, a world far from a Swiss industrial estate, a world in which he was still somehow the person he had wanted to be. I drew the world he had created for me, full of wonder and possibility."
"You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped."

I have been rewatching the trailer of Me Before You on Youtube. The cast is purrrrrrrfect. I can't wait for it to hit the cinema.

My rating: 4/5 (it's worth a read. Might include excessive crying, based on your emotional state)

Have you read Me Before You? What's your most recent read?

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