“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Me Before You is a romantic novel written by Jojo Moyes. Shortly about the book, it centers a young, handsome, successful man, Will Traynor. Then everything changes when he’s hit by a motorcycle and it leaves him quadriplegic. Soon after, his mother hires a second caregiver to help with Will when his primary caregiver is absent. Louisa (Lou) Clark is recently unemployed, twenty-six years old, and has no experience being a caregiver, but she has a very positive, bubbly character and Will’s mother Camilla thinks hiring her would help Will. Except that Will has different plans for his life and Lou will find about it only later.

“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 surprised myself by reading this book. I usually never read romantic novels and I’m annoyed by the whole genre in general. But I’m always caught by the media hype and there was just huge hype around this book… so I read it. I had no idea what this book was about. I refused to read anything about it and I’m very glad I did that.

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Me Before You was different. Different from what I expected this to be. I wasn’t disappointed, it was funny and moving (and highly depressing). I liked the characters, Will and Lou who are kind of complete opposites of each other. All these clichéd quotes were a bit annoying but I get it. There’s this theme throughout the book: quality or quantity of life. Will has lived his life to the fullest before the accident, whereas Louisa has lived in small town all her life, she has settled to the life she has. So, of course, Will tells her to live. Live her life to the fullest.

I’m glad this book mentioned and brought more attention to what Dignitas does. Extra points for that. Euthanasia is a very delicate subject and Moyes handled it very elegantly, I think. I liked how both sides are represented. There is no point in living life without quality to it but also there is no point in being stuck in life (like Lou).

“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.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

I didn’t like all the angst. I knew how Me Before You would end when I had read half of the book and I didn’t like the predictability and I kept hoping for a different ending. All in all, I adore books that make me feel and this did.
(3,5-4,5?) 4/5 stars

How-To Read Me Before You

1. If you like reading romantic novels & contemporary genre, this should be a perfect read for you. Also if you like authors like Nicholas Sparks and Cecelia Ahern.
2. If you don’t like books by John Green (Fault in Our Stars) or clichéd and annoying tearjerker books, definitely skip this.
3. Depressing, cute and fluffy read. Funny how the author made that combination work.
4. Some have said Me Before You plays a lot on stereotypes and that it doesn’t give a realistic picture disabled people. I didn’t see it like that and, after all, this is a work. fiction.
5. There’s a sequel. Yay? Nay? And a movie adaptation. Which I haven’t been able to watch yet.

“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Thoughts? Have you read this?