Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes **CONTAINS SPOILERS**

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction; Women’s Fiction

NOTE: This review contains spoilers. If you have not read this movie or seen the movie, proceed with caution!

Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Pros:

  • I did like that Lou got Will out of the house and slightly less grumpy
  • By trying to “save” Will’s life, Lou improved her own
  • Her family was weird, and I liked them
  • Will. I loved Will. He had a lot of time to consider his life and others’ lives, and he gave a lot of really great advice.

Cons:

  • Why. can’t. you. just. let. him. do. what. he. wants. with. his. life?????
  • Like you’re getting paid to care for him. Not to keep him alive when he so obviously does not want to be.
  • Just stop it.
  • I think that she should have stayed with Running Man.
  • I agree with a lot of other people, this puts a skewed view of disabled people out into the hands of able-bodied readers
  • Lou.

Quotes:

  • “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
  • “You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.”
  • “I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.”
  • “How do you know? You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?”

My Thoughts: Meh. I was really bothered by the fact that no one in this book had Will’s best interests in mind, except Will. Like… just let the guy go to Dignitas. Let him end his life on his terms, not withering away in a hospital room. I am 10000% for death with dignity, because I would want that for myself. I mean, I get it. Mrs. Traynor wants to keep her son alive. Lou falls for him. Whatever. It’s still his life, and it should still be his terms. This book, although written well, had a lot of issues.

Links:
Goodreads
Amazon
Jojo Moyes

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