Me Before You by: Jojo Moyes
Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
All I can say is that you make me... you make me into someone I couldn't even imagine. You make me happy, even when you're awful. I would rather be with you - even the you that you seem to think is diminished - than with anyone else in the world.
I just can't even being to handle the feelings that I have after finishing this. Like I am really struggling to find the words to describe it. This story was just so beautifully written and the characters... my god, the characters were just flawlessly written. *huge round of applause for Jojo Moyes*
I must admit, I went into this novel with my "black and white YA mindset" which basically means I did the whole "omg that person is being a rude so therefore I hate them" and "wow so-and-so acted a specific way so therefore they must not care about their son". In Young Adult fiction (excluding most contemporary novels), there is almost always a villain, a badass hero, and the witty sidekick friend and for some reason, thats what I kept looking for in this novel. I wanted to hate Will's parents so much and I kept waiting for Louisa to be this person who saves the day. I don't think it was until we were given that chapter from Mrs. Traynors point of view that I had to slap myself. It really sunk in that these are flawed people in the real world and you never really can know what is going on in a persons head. This book challenged me to constantly be putting myself in other peoples shoes and I loved that.
My mom used to work at the hospital with patients suffering from spinal cord injuries so when I told her about the premise, she immediately starting telling me stories about her patients. And the thing is, a lot of those stories who extremely similar to Will's. I loved that this story was authentic. It was real and it shone a lot of light on something that I don't commonly see written about. I HIGHLY recommend!!!!!!
Also, I just want to say that i am SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THE MOVIE. THE CAST IS SERIOUSLY JACKED. AND JOJO IS WRITING THE SCREENPLAY. ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL.
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