Me Before You Review

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Penguin Books
Page Count - 369
My Rating - Five Stars

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

If you follow me on social media, you'll already know that this book holds a very special place in my heart, it's one of those heartbreaking books that manages to still give you the warm fuzzies and make you laugh as often as it made you cry, which is no easy task.

I picked up this book because of the upcoming movie release, and I am so, so glad I did. JoJo Moyes has a very enjoyable writing style, and I felt like I knew the characters so well within just a handful of chapters. Louisa as a character is very relatable, she is neither happy nor sad with her life, she's simply going through the motions, stuck in a rut. While she's eccentric with her clothing choices, she's trapped in her ordinary life and it isn't until she meets Will Traynor that her life begins to change. 

Having lived a big, exciting and adventure driven life before his accident, Will finds himself increasingly frustrated with Louisa, but somehow they reach a common ground. They have amazing chemistry, with both characters being very well developed and authentic. One of the things I adored most about this book was Will as a character, I was so worried he would be almost a cliche of himself, generic "disabled man", and he wasn't at all.

(Yep. I sobbed. A lot.)

The representation of disability in this book is done in a raw and honest way. As a twenty something with an invisible disability, I was surprised to find parts of this book relatable. Can I relate to a quadraplegic? Of course not. But could I relate the isolation, the way people think they can fix him, and the way it feels to be unable to do the things you used to do. That, I understood. And maybe that's why the book moved me so much.

This book is heartbreaking but so, so funny and charming all at once. It's the most beautiful kind of heartbreak, a book that makes you stand back and check your own privilege, and inspires you to make the most of your life. 

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