BOOK: Me before you by Jojo Moyes

If you are, in no intention of ruining your ‘Happy Endings’ mindset, then forego reading this book. I am not saying that this isn’t a good one. In fact, it is (for me). It’s a three star novel. But damn was I expecting to be smiling after the last scene. But boy, did it wreck my heart out open.

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Goodreads: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Lou is a sheltered, safe and a small town girl who happens to be employed by the Traynors to look after their son, Will who is a 35 year old quadriplegic but who once was a YOLO, active traveler and sports enthusiast who wants nothing but to live at the edge.

Imagine being dependent on the people around you, 24-7. Imagine having someone to feed you, lift your elbow for you to reach your hair, wipe your ass, clothe you, feed you – not being able to do anything on your own. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. —- Now, that. that I can imagine why Will wanted to end his life.

So these are some of the things I liked about the book:

  1. No job is great on the first day
  2. You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.
  3. You’re twenty six. You should be out there, claiming the world as your own, getting in trouble in bars, showing off your strange wardrobe to dodgy men.
  4. ‘Im not sure I like seeing this much of your face. It’s a bit unnerving’.
  5. Things might change, grow or fail, but life goes on. That were all part of some great cycle, some pattern that it was only God’s purpose to understand.
  6. YOU ONLY GET ONE LIFE. IT’S ACTUALLY YOUR DUTY TO LIVE IT AS FULLY AS POSSIBLE.
  7. I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen.
  8. Live a little. What’s stopping you?
  9. Knowledge is power, Clark.
  10. You are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.
  11. The world has just shrunk to me and him.
  12. You make me happy, even when you’re awful.
  13. LIVE BOLDLY. PUSH YOURSELF AND DON’T SETTLE.
  14. So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark.

Then, (spoiler). He still committed suicide. How can you two be in love and not have something to live for? But if I dig deep enough, I do understand. I think it just hurts more for Clark. After finally finding the one you would love for the rest of your life, he still chooses to end his life and live you out in the cold.

 

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