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.
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
I literally sobbed when I read this book, I feel it’s important that I start with that – tissues are a massive requirement, and you might leave feeling as though your heart has been through a blender… but it’s worth it, in my opinion. The way One Day was worth it back in 2009, a story from which I still haven’t fully recovered.
Me Before You, an international phenomenon that I picked up this weekend having just become obsessed with the movie trailer, follows the story of 26 year old Lou, a small towner with a quirky dress sense and a can do attitude, as she loses her job at local cafe, The Buttered Bun, and is forced to reconsider her career options. A few trips to the job centre via a chicken factory and the suggestion of pole dancing leads her to Will, a former fast living quadriplegic with one steadfast mission – to take his own life.
Miserable and unable to live the life he had planned for himself, Will is reluctant when his latest carer/babysitter (Lou) comes onto the scene, but the two quickly warm to each other, and Lou’s determined mission to make Will understand the worth of living results in a touching, moving love story that will warm your heart and, ultimately, lead to the aforementioned sobbing. So much sobbing.
Me Before You isn’t a literary masterpiece, as Katberries warned me, but it is one of those books that stick with you, which to me is more important – I like to be moved. The dialogue is witty, sarcastic and very british, the underlying message is one that will leave you reconsidering your own life choices, and overall I found it impossible to put down – and not quite as predictable as I expected.
I’ll be wearing waterproof mascara to the movie next week, is all I can really say without spoilers.
What to drink whilst reading: A good cup of tea. (They mention tea often.)
What to wear whilst reading: Bumblebee tights!
What to expect: An unconventional love story with a dramatic and important undercurrent.
What you’ll take away: The need to hug your loved ones… Immediately.