It’s definitely been a while since a book has just left me in tears when I finished it. Mainly because I try to avoid the books that I know will just end up with me becoming a mess of used tissues and denial.
But Me Before You by JoJo Meyers was a beautiful story that made me continue turning the pages while I kept the tissue box close to me.
I first saw this book getting mad raves all over Goodreads and then I found out that Emilia Clarke was going to be Louisa, or Lou, in the movie rendition and I knew that I had to read this book. This story is about a man named Will that gets into a terrible accident that leaves him as a quadriplegic and a very bleak outlook on life. But chatty and bubbly Lou comes into his life, desperate for a job to help sustain her family, as his caretaker to try and cheer him up. Then we start to see how their relationship grows when reality and hardships that are thrown at them. And then there is an ultimate decision at the end that impacts everyone’s life, especially Will and Louisa’s.
There are so many times I wanted to throw this book at wall because of all the emotions that I felt when I read this. From laughing at all the witty banter that happened between Lou and Will to feeling just as lost as Lou when she didn’t know what was going to happen next. There was so much description in this story, that I felt immersed in the story, which can become overwhelming sometimes. You get to see the transformation of both Will and Lou individually but also how they grew together. I thought that the plot was well done, because I honestly didn’t want to put the book down, which led me to finish this in two days. There was an anticipation of what the next page would bring and I wanted to find out right away, so it kept my attention the whole time.
All the characters invoked some kind of reaction from me, whether it made me hate them or love them, but there was a reaction nonetheless. Such as Lou’s sister, Treena, she made me dislike her because she seemed so selfish, but she shows multiple times that she does actually care about Lou, just in a different way. Mrs. Traynor was another person that made it hard for me to like her because of how cold she was to others, but she only had the interest of her son at heart. I loved that the book was mainly focused on Lou’s point of view but occasionally Meyers would change it to be Nathan (the other caretaker) or Mrs. Traynor (Will’s mother) and so on. It gave a better all around feeling knowing what others were thinking, or how they were perceiving something. However the one exception was Will’s mind, which stayed a mystery.
It takes a lot for a book to actually bring me to tears, but Me Before You had no problem doing that. It wasn’t just the sad aspects of the book that brought me to tears, but the happy and beautiful moments because they were done so well I couldn’t help but feel so happy that the only option was just letting it all out.
Overall I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars! This is something that I know I will read again and again, especially when I want to get into my feelings. I actually expected a love story but there was so much more to this, the love story was still there (my romantic heart was definitely satisfied), but it showed Lou’s journey of growth and discovery which will give anyone that push that is needed to leave their comfort zone.
Published by Marisa Morgan