“Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes came as the much needed refreshing read, after I had completed the “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I largely read soft romances, though I don’t truly consider myself a romantic person. Probably that’s why I end up picking up these books. But, Me Before You isn’t one of those books with oodles of romance. In fact, I wouldn’t even want to categorize it under this genre. Yet, it is one of those books that give an emotional tug at the heart.
Louisa Clark has no great ambitions in life. Nor does she have any great desires. She is pretty much content with the simple life she lives- a close-knit family, a steady relationship and her job at the café. But life surely has other plans for her, and when she loses her job, she is forced to work as the caretaker for a quadriplegic, to sustain her family’s living and expenses. With no experience whatsoever, Louisa is to handle the wheel chair bound Will Traynor, who is nothing short of being bossy, moody and snappy, at most times. Having lived an active life, Will is yet to accept his fate, and consider life worth living. Louisa has a tough task at hand-handling his regime, medical condition as well as his state of mind. Slowly as Louisa learns to manage, and tries to bring in more cheer, she learns of Will’s shocking plans for his life. And that’s when she sets out to show him what life is all about. Would she succeed in this endeavor? What’s their relationship destined to be? Me Before You is a beautiful journey between two distinctly apart individuals, who happen to cross paths in life.
Jojo Moyes has a touch of polish in her writing as she laces her story with the right choice of words, conveying emotions in an almost perfect way. I found the book a lot predictable though, towards the end. But the quick flow in the narration kept me going. Life is surely all about choices and the book touches upon one such sensitive topic – euthanasia. I however felt, Jojo Moyes could have brought in some scope for introspection on this topic in her story. Also, looking at the book from a disabled’s point of view, I felt it didn’t bring in any positive light in thought processes.
Me Before You is just a sweet tale. Not overtly touchy and not too fading either. You would find fun-filled conversations that bring in a smile and at the same time portions that would make you all sullen. If you are die-hard romance fan, then this book may disappoint you. Otherwise just enjoy the real characters, honest and well-sketched. Me Before You is not a tear-jerker, but the story of Louisa and Will would leave a lasting impression on your mind.