SO my tear ducts are still recovering from this novel. I know, I know, I’m late to the party. Everyone else was reading this book when it first came out. But in my defense, I knew it was going to be heart-wrenching, so I waited to read it until now.
Blurb: 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?
I have complicated feelings about this book.On the one hand, I think it gave a generally good depiction of disability without playing into tropes or trying to sugar-coat reality. It didn’t pretend that a pretty girl can fix everything.
The love in this book was sweet and understated. I liked the couple more than I was expecting, and there were definitely moments that I got butterflies. Also it made me cry. Grr.
Overall, I wasn’t blown away, but this book definitely had its strengths. I liked certain parts, but I felt the main character was kind of unrelatable, but that’s more of a personal thing.
Final rating- 3.5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂