‘Some mistakes…just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let that night be the thing that defines you.’
It’s hard to type a review with tears in your eyes, and on your cheeks, and falling into the keyboard, but I’ll try. Because I just finished Me Before You and I have to write about it now.
There are millions of love stories out there but few that get to the core of what the couple means to one another, a meaning beyond physical attraction and personal fulfillment. But the story JoJo Moyes has written of Will Traynor and Lou Clark goes exactly there.
We meet Will when he is a successful businessman, leaving his gorgeous girlfriend to go to his high powered job. It is a brief introduction, for on the second page he is struck by a motorcycle. From then on, we see him as the quadriplegic he has become.
Enter Louisa Clark, who’s lost her job at the Buttered Bun cafe. She is employed by Will’s mother to be his caretaker, although she has had no experience with the medical needs of a quad. What she does know, however, is how to be witty, how to be colorful, how to bring more than a spark of joy into Will’s life.
What she doesn’t know is that Will has promised his parents only six months until he goes to Dignitas in Switzerland, a place where he can die because he cannot bear the life he is forced to live. It is a life with no control, no capabilities, no choices left but one.
This is a complex novel, examining much more than the love between two people. It also examines how our lives can enrich one another, and how we can reach beyond our fallibilites and limitations to show how much we truly care. It is very powerful and deeply moving.
|Read JoJo’s blog here.|