I recently saw the movie trailer for Me Before You with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. I love both of these actors and from the short clips it seems like a lovely movie. Shortly after I found out the movie was based off of a book of the same title by Jojo Moyes. While contemporary based – not my usual genre – I wanted to give it a read since I had heard so many good things about it.
Louisa Clark is a 26 year old who recently just lost her job at a local cafe in a small British tourist town. In search of a new job to help support her family, Louisa is accepted as a caregiver in the Traynor house. The Traynors are wealthy individuals; Camilla Traynor is a local magistrate, Steven Traynor runs the local castle, and William Traynor was a successful business negotiator. After an accident that leaves him a quadriplegic, Will is in need of a caregiver for the next six months. Although having no experience in the field, Louisa is instantly hired by Camilla and begins to care for Will when his nurse, Nathan, is off duty.
At first Louisa and Will do not get along. Louisa finds Will brash, rude, and arrogant; Will finds her to be naive and can’t understand why she would prefer to stay in their small town rather than see the world. But as time progresses and each sees a different side of the other and they come to have a routine that only they understand. They continue in this new comfortable routine they build – until Louisa learns why her contract is only for six months. Then she sets out to change Will’s mind about life. While unsuccessful in her attempts, Louisa does find herself in the process and ends up finding the courage to do things she never dreamed of before.
Me Before You is so much more than a love story. It’s a growing up story, but not in the traditional sense. It’s about finding herself and the courage to do things that scare you, things that are right even though it breaks your heart. It has both a happy and a sad ending. There is a sequel entitled After You, but I have chosen not to read it; it’s reviews are not as stellar, and I prefer to leave the ending open and to the imagination.
While contemporary isn’t my chosen genre, and I found this book a little more tedious to read than my fantasy novels (probably because it’s not my chosen genre), it is still a worthwhile book.
My rating: 4.5/5