… but she’ll also do what she can to put if back together. [Possible spoilers]
The film adaptation of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes comes out soon (June 3rd to be exact.. which is my birthday, but that’s besides the point). So I decided to read the novel before the movie came out. It’s a thing I do, I like to see the characters in my mind before they are cemented and immortalized on screen (I also like being that person who says “the book was better” or “it was different in the book”, etc.). So I picked up Moyes’ best selling novel and I fell in love.
I fell in love with Louisa Clark who is so much like me I wanted to cry. But she is also very different (thankfully). Louisa is 28 years old and she is pretty lost. She has just lost her job and is struggling to find a new one mainly due to her limited skillset. She didn’t go to college and has only ever worked as a waitress in a café. After many unsuccessful (and sometimes horrifying) placements through an employment agency, Louisa finally gets hired as a carer/companion for Will Traynor, a bitter quadriplegic, whose family hopes Louisa’s bubbly personality will rub off on him.
Obviously, I fell in love with Will. His dry and sometimes masochistic humour reminded me of my own at times. I could easily relate to his refusal to let others know how much pain and discomfort he is in. The more he spends time with Louisa the harder it is for him not to connect with her (I feeling I shared as I read) and for his mood to lighten. And it is impossible not to love the happier Will.
I fell in love with the two of them together. I fell for Nathan, Will’s medical carer. And with Louisa’s family (though some more than others). And I challenge you to keep from falling too.
It’s true, I knew what was going to happen long before it happened, long before it was said. Because of that knowledge, I found myself wanting to put the book down (to prevent the inevitable from happening) and the inability to leave these characters and their story unresolved. So I finished the book, I let my heart be broken and I cried on the subway on my way home (someone even handed me a Kleenex).
But then I picked up the sequel, After You, and let Jojo Moyes try to put me back together again. And she did. She introduced more characters for me to fall in love with – mainly Ambulance Sam and Lily – and concluded Louisa’s story in the best and most satisfying way.
Again, I dare you not to love it. All of it. Even the crying in public.