“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
I unfortunately went into Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Goodreads) having seen the movie trailer, so some things were already slightly revealed for me. However, when I think about it, I think all of my reactions would still be the same and I think I would have still guessed the ending correctly. Although I think a part of the blurb on the back of the book pretty much foreshadows it.
I’m pretty sure I loved this book, which I know sounds weird, but I always feel weird saying I love a book that is heartbreaking in a raw way and deals with something that people don’t agree with and don’t like to talk about. But that of course isn’t why I loved the book.
I loved Lou. She seemed very, well, human to me. I enjoyed reading her voice and seeing her slowly change, even if she couldn’t see it until closer to the end of the book. She fully embraced herself and life. Well she thought she did anyways, until she met Will and became determined to make him see that there was something worth living for. Little did she know, he would show her a thing or two himself. One thing that did annoy me just a little was how clueless she seemed at random times.
Although Will was quite the jerk in the beginning to Lou, part of me couldn’t blame him. He’d already been in a chair for a couple years and there were no signs of getting better or at least to a point of comfort. Plus, his mother seemed a little something, but again, could you blame her? But he definitely grew on me and I think Moyes did a good job writing him.
I loved reading about Lou and Will’s relationship, how it started with Lou believing that he simply hated her to them finding a balance of some sort of civility to friendship and finally to unexpected love. I think it threw them both off when they started to see that they can understand each other really well, but if circumstances were different, it’s possible they would have never met. But I think that’s another part that was great about this story, sometimes love hits you unexpectedly in the face when you least expect it and gives the greatest adventure anyone could ask for.
“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”
Even though I was expecting it, there was one part that made me cry. Having actually gone through recent grief myself, this book maybe should have waited. Either way, I still enjoyed it.
One thing that I didn’t really like or maybe it was just something I didn’t understand, was how long Lou stayed with her boyfriend Patrick. Granted they’ve been together for quite awhile, but even as the reader I could tell Patrick just didn’t seem to fit with her anymore. Will didn’t like him, for reasons unknown. I actually don’t think it was because he liked Lou himself. I think it had to do with Lou being loved and supported the right way, which I don’t think Patrick did well at all and I think Will saw that clearly.
I think Jojo Moyes wrote a beautifully real story about life and the people that make it worthwhile and unforgettable, even if it doesn’t turn out as planned.
“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
Sometimes we get unfortunate reminders that our lives are precious, as is every day; that there is a whole world out there full of adventures, that we can’t be afraid to go find them. This book felt real to me, the characters, the places, everything. I don’t know if I can say if it lived up to the hype or will continue to do so, but I simply enjoyed the story and Moyes great writing.