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! 🙂