March was not very good for me in terms of finding time to read. I had so many reports to prepare at work and endless assignments and presentations at school. However, I still tried to read especially when on the road. Over the Easter weekend, I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This was after reading numerous glowing reviews that got me very curious about the book.
Review, Shall we?
I’ll start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. It’s the kind of book that you finish reading and take time to sit back and think about it.
It started off very well paced with Will’s accident right at the start of the book. The author sort of gave a background of the story by giving us a glimpse of Will’s life before the accident. Louisa is then introduced. She is a vibrant 26 year old, living at home and currently job hunting.And then the two meet. I kept trying to guess how the book will go but I was pleasantly surprised with each twist. For instance; I thought the six months would end differently (no spoilers so ill leave it at that) and boy was I wrong.
I liked the two main characters, Louisa and Will; they were well developed and quite endearing. I also liked the fact that the book gave readers an insight on the mind and life of people living with disability like Will. I remember that’s how I felt when reading The Girl on the Train where readers got to see how the mind of an alcoholic works. In this book, I actually got thinking about what it’s like living with disability and how society generally treats people in wheelchairs. Are we sensitive towards them like Nadil or are we part of the group that stares without knowing how what to say or do?
I also liked seeing how Louisa and Will related and how their relationship changed over time. Louisa’s growth into a confident, strong woman was also fascinating to witness through the pages.
Me Before you is the kind of book that will break your heart.
It may leave you feeling lost and confused. I remember reading it while on the road and just staring out the window after turning the last page. It was an emotional roller-coaster. The six months deadline made me feel like I was living within that timeline and this kept me eager and anxious to find out how the end will be.
I watched the trailer immediately after reading the book and OMG, it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to watch it. Take a look.
“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.”
― Jojo Moyes,