Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

Comment: This book was offered to me on my birthday last month. My friend told me not to read anything about it before starting it and she was also afraid of my reaction (don't know why I read almost anything) because of its theme. I was so curious and did try to stay away from reviews...but sometimes a comment here and there can jump in front of our eyes without us knowing so...I didn't know what would happen but I saw a word and had a pretty good idea about what it was anyway...

This is the story of Lou and Will. Lou is a young woman living a very conformed life, always the same things and without many expectations in life.
Will has suffered an accident and is now a quadriplegic and his days are also always the same, except he can't be on his own and depends on others for everything, for the rest of his life. These two are in different stages in life but their friendship will prove to be timeless.

This is a book to make you cry, have no doubts about it. But it also has funny moments and I saw myself laughing about a joke and some situations here and there.
This is such a powerful story...it touches some emotions within ourselves we thought we could deal with easily and in a decisive manner but the biggest lesson we can be taught in this book is there is no black and white in everything...there are too many grey areas and even the things we were sure of, even when we think our choices are simple, there's a lot to think about.

Lou has a simple life but she has things to deal with in her past. She lived with it and change her way of life over that even if others don't see it. When she becomes Will's carer he'll learn so many things, live so many experiences and see so many points of views I think many people will think it was Lou's job to be changed but I think when it comes to what each person feels can be a whole different world apart from the norm and Lou showed things aren't easy and always what we think we might get. I liked her character and her will to fight and to try and how she gave everything in her to make things happen, to prove and share things so Will could see through her eyes as well. The story is told from her perspective, except four chapters spread through the book, which are told from secondary characters.
We can have a very easy access to her feelings this way and it does enhance the emotion in the book.

Will is a man who lives with the knowledge he changed. His life isn't his own anymore. But he still keeps his personality although the challenges weak him more and more and he can't live with the idea he'll be like that until he dies. When he meets Lou he thinks she'll just be another person and nothing more but the same way he teaches her things about life's expectations and experiences and living every day like it's the last and enjoying life and making life worth it all, he also learns things from Lou and sees in her a feeling he no longer felt worthy of. It's an emotional roller coaster for him too.

I won't tell spoilers like I said before. This is the kind of book to read without any other thought in the way. The advice to read it without clues is a sound one. Just be prepared to cry and laugh and to be judge and executioner. It's not easy and although at some point you imagine you know the end, there's still things in the journey that will strike you fast and heavily in the chest. It's not easy, no.
I don't give this a perfect ten because if it were me, I'd have the end done in another way. Not different completely, just in a different way.

I hope you can read it and please, do not read spoilers or reviews or anything else before. Just order the book or buy it and close yourself at home until you finish it.
I get my friend now...maybe it's a book that will make you point the finger at that person and say, "what were you thinking"...but I don't regret it personally, so...
Grade: 9/10

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