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.
I hope my review does this book some justice because I honestly believe that this is one book that has touched me like no other.
This was my first Jojo Moyes book and since then I’ve literally followed her books like an obsessive fan. The plot of this book revolves around the lives of the two protagonists Lou and Will.
Lou is a wonderful character that I immediately liked and was able to relate to on so many different levels. Moyes makes her very realistic and I felt that her simplicity and unselfishness is what made her so lovable. She’s very bright but does not have any stable direction in life, which is why after losing her job she applies to be a carer for a young man who has been left in a quadriplegic state. Fate works in mysterious ways and this job sets her on the path of Will Traynor, our second protagonist.
Will has been left in a quadriplegic state following a road accident, which occurred two years earlier. Unlike Lou, Will used to have a high-end active lifestyle and a successful career. However, after his accident he is left feeling demoralised, as he believes he has now lost everything. I couldn’t blame Will for being bitter and angry after what had happened to him but this is where Lou comes in. With a riot of colour she sets out to change Will’s perception and make him realise that there still are some things worth living for.
This is probably the first book I’ve read that centres so deeply around a physical impairment. What I loved though was that Jojo doesn’t just focus on the disability, rather gives us an insight into Will’s emotional journey as a whole. Will’s emotional journey and Lou’s loyalty towards making Will realise how beautiful his life really is, is what makes this story so special.
This book is very moving and made me realise just how important life really is and how easily we take so many things for granted. It made me appreciate the things I do have in life and has left a deep impact on my heart.
Me Before You is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and fall in love all over again. Jojo Moyes has done an exceptional job with this story that needs to be heard by all. I cannot recommend this book enough; if you haven’t read it you are doing yourself a great injustice. It is a gem of a book and if like me you’re an emotional person, have that tissue box ready. A thought provoking and a memorable book that will stay with you for a very long time.
Overall Rating: 10/10