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.
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?