Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

It’s very rare I read a piece of literature regarding suicide to be something that is anything positive. Take 13 Reasons Why. It’s a story of a high school girl who commits suicide and leaves a series of messages to those who had contributed to her last act, one way or another. In that series, I don’t at all agree with actions. Instead, I think “this, too, shall pass”, and if she had just waited to experience life after high school, maybe things would have been different.

However, as I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the set of circumstances that led to the assisted suicide of Will Traynor felt justified.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman 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?

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The story is written in first person narrative through the eyes of Louisa Clark and we’re introduced to Will Traynor early on in the book. But just as Louisa learns about Will, so do we. Will is a paralyzed man of 35 who, just before the accident, led life with a successful career, a beautiful girlfriend, and adventures that was bigger than life. Now, he has to adjust to a life strapped to a wheelchair as he sees other people living their big lives of adventures while looking down at him.

The narrative becomes two-fold. For one, it tells the journey of Louisa, a plain Jane that is trying to cope with the idea of someone trying to commit suicide. For another, the struggle of Will living a life that is subpar to what he’s used to, and there is nothing he can do to change it.

I started to imagine my life without traveling, without independence, and without having the ability to do all the things that I find exciting in life, and it’s not a life that I would want to live.

Oddly enough, Me Before You is a great book to read if you’re looking for a bit of romance, a bit of humanity, and a lot of humor. Even though the underlying theme of this particular book is on the darker side of things, it’s a book that captivated me because of its lighter tones and the difference in perspective on a rather touchy subject.

Have you read the novel?

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31 Comments

  1. July 16, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    First of all, amazing pictures! I start reading this book but I haven’t finished yet, however, I watched the movie a million times! ❤

    xoxo,
    Jessica | New post: whattostyle.blogspot.com

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      July 17, 2018 / 2:55 am

      Thank you so much, Jessica <3 Yes, the movie brings me to tears!

  2. July 16, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I read Me Before You a few years ago! I remember really enjoying it as a light, YA read when I was reading it, but when talking about it with a friend afterward, I came to realise how ableist the book was, which gave me some food for thought. Have you watched the film? I watched it because, well, Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are beautiful people :3 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      July 17, 2018 / 2:22 am

      I’m guilty to say that I watched the movie first, and fell in love with it! And when I realized the books had continued the story, I had to read the books to find out more!

  3. jane
    July 18, 2018 / 6:38 am

    You look so chic in this dress babe.
    Love the color and place you shoot.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  4. July 19, 2018 / 7:38 am

    Thank you for the book review, I haven’t read this novel yet but it does sound quite deep. I have watched 13 Reasons Why not that long ago and it does worry me a bit that teen-suicides have become one of the biggest issues in our society yet many parents/friends/family members don’t really notice red flags. Good that authors now bring this topic up! xx

    Naya
    http://www.partyparrotblog.com

  5. July 19, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    What a chic and pretty dress you have here dear. Lovely floral print, and the length is perfect on you too. So cute!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  6. July 20, 2018 / 10:50 am

    I rarely read novels, but after reading your article, I think I should do more. Also, your outfit is very beautiful, I like it very much. Love
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  7. July 21, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book, I saw it and I thought it was just another romantic novel but now the topic sounds very interesting and original!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

  8. July 22, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    Beautiful photos and beautiful post! I’ve not read the book or seen the movie, but now I would love to do both Xx

    Sharan Gill Blog // Instagram

  9. July 26, 2018 / 4:30 am

    I’ve seen 13 Reason Why movie and I can understand why she choose to kill herself. After all the things happened to her, she can’t bear anymore. And I love Me Before You too.

  10. July 30, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    This is one of my favorite books! I read it a year ago and fell in love with it. I would highly recommend the sequel if you haven’t read it. Also I love your dress!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

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      July 30, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      I’ve read the trilogy so far! I hope that the author continues the story!

  11. August 1, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    I read it one year ago and totally fell in love. It also made me change my opinion towards suicide. For some reason, I was considering people who commit a suicide very selfish and egocentric. I still have reminiscence of those thoughts, but now I understand them.
    Sad things aside, it is always captivating to read a life changing love story.

    Thanks for your review!

    xo Corina
    http://www.unbouquetdamour.com/24-things-i-learned-by-24/

  12. August 3, 2018 / 2:21 am

    I watched Me before You movie with my niece who dragged me to the cinema and it was really sad and depressing thinking nothing can change his mind to opt to live even if he found a girl who really cared for him. I am interested on the first book that you mentioned, where can you get it? I hope you will do a review of that story in your blog soon.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

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      August 6, 2018 / 2:13 am

      I plan on reviewing the rest of the series 🙂 And you can find the book in any major bookstore. Amazon has them stocked as well.

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