Me before you. The recommendations to read this book were so promising that I skip a lot of books from my list and jumped onto this one. Devanshi, who I like to call my book sister was gushing all about it from the time she has read it and was in for a long impatient wait until I read it and discussed all with her. Now that I’m done but not yet dusted with this book here’s what I think of it.
I started off with the book taking in the story of a impoverish girl holding up her family financially so that her family can live up their social and educational aspirations. Louisa Clark is somehow succumbed to feel like she’s not the brightest one of the lot. But as you dive yourself into Jojo Moyes’ narrations you can picture a girl full of life and with a sparkle in her eyes. She’s intelligent, bright, funny, compassionate and afraid to show this side of hers, to the world. Just like the many of us. Losing her job due to unforeseen circumstances she lands up being a caregiver for Will Traynor. He’s a finance company owner, adventurous, living life to the fullest being turned into a quadriplegic cripple. Our prince charming was stuck in a dark corner of his huge castle when Louisa walks into his life with her bright spirits and brighter clothes. The chemistry between the two is quite prevalent from the time they’re introduced to the other. The book advances with each of them helping the other to gain a wider and newer perspective on life. And as you join them in their journey you learn a lot about love and life. Like, you should not seek for someone that completes you but someone that compliments you. Often in a relationship, we are too caught up in finding someone who can fill the blank for us but lovers are not for the play of fill in the blanks. We need someone to understand our flaws and strengths both and give us the power to shine with a perspective that we will never be able to see for ourselves. Once you meet someone like that you’ll start filling in the blanks yourself. For them. And of course, reciprocation is the key. You give what you get. In love? All the more. There are a lot of moments in the book that made cry. Sometimes it just left me in such an abstract space that I had to close the book and let my thoughts haul at me so that Will and Louisa’s reactions seem legit. The story is tender yet harsh but above all beautifully written. It makes you cry, laugh, it’s a roller coaster of emotions!
With all the love and air around this book you may see ‘Me before You’ to be an all romantic novel, but if you dig deeper you’ll realise it’s a thought-provoking book that speaks more life than on love.
Happy reading! 🙂
The book starts from the standpoint of Katie, who is a book editor in New York. She’s sour from her recent break up with Matt, the man she loves and a poet from Martha’s vineyard. Matt finds it difficult for Katie and him to be together but is unable to reason why so he leaves her a diary which would provide Katie a legit explanation. Matt looks like a playboy while Katie has been portrayed as someone hopelessly in love. However, as the story advances and narratives change, the blinds from characters unwrap. The book has some really good insights to give on finding the right person, balancing life, family, fresh starts and second chances in love. Patterson attempts for twists in storyline to surprise the readers, but doesn’t quite succeed at it. As a unmarried woman, I was not able to relate so much with Suzanne’s point of view which is prominent throughout the book and mainly addressing on motherhood. However, older men and women in that phase of life may devour upon it. At some points the story in the seems so sweet that it makes you believe the world must have been made of sunshine and rainbows instead of rocks and water. Despite some let downs the romance lunges the story forward and sends out a good word for Patterson.
Exactly what should you read the book for?
1. Read it for the story of five balls and how they help you set your priorities and balance life.
2. For if you are going through hangover from bad relationship and find yourself aloof from the possibility of another chance at love.
3. The importance of finding the right person for you in the journey of life.
Rating : 2.75/5
Thousand of connotations already latched onto this colour, I love the one affiliated with Vogue. Vogue, India’s 6th anniversary issue picks up a theme that not only would you be delighted to read but give a pensive thought to. Expertise of adroitness behind this theme is commendable. Artless at the the summit, this subject winds you in a web of graceful augmentations.
From a vehement Frieda Pinto cover picture to comprehending crackerjack designer’s corelation with the colour black. I love how there’s also an insight by those designer’s who commonly be partial to leave the colour black out of their pallete. I would care to spell out one tantalizing statement by Tarun Tahiliani that engages the theme “Black is the infinite space, a carbon so dark that it won’t reflect the light and yet once the eye is accustomed to it, opens incredible possibilities in shape and form.”
Vogue, India brings in a rebellion to the popular belief that ‘you have to be bright to be bold.’ Independant from that articles on conventional totems and talismans, pericopes from people’s life who headstart when most of us call in for the day. Moshin Hamid’s dark mythicals, Lauren Beukes’ novel, Jim Jarmusch’s new movie all add a very scrumptious space to look for.
To clinch it all it is assuredly a magnimous issue.