** spoiler alert ** This was one heartbreakingly beautiful story. Would recommend to anyone who reads.
My face was still blotchy from tears as I turned the last page of Me Before You. Note: this is not a book for those looking for something romantic or something light to read. Another note: do NOT listen to the soundtracks of the movie adaptation when reading the last few chapters.
The story evolved around two characters, Lou Clark and Will Traynor. Lou was just your average girl, not startlingly beautiful nor outstandingly smart. At the age of twenty-six, she had a long-time job and a long-time boyfriend. But Lou didn’t seem to have a purpose for her life. She lived within her comfort zone, and had little to no idea who she wanted to be. Will, on the other hand, was a completely different person. He was, before the accident that rendered him a quadriplegic, a successful businessman and a sports-lover, living a big life. He was opinionated, and in total control of his life. But the motorbike accident turned his world upside down, into a world of pain and suffering.
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Their lives crossed path when Lou learned from the Job Centre that a family was looking for a caregiver. Their first few weeks working together were miserable for Lou, but as the story progressed, the two found a way to get along. And that was when Jojo Moyes decided to throw a huge bomb right in front of Lou’s and our faces.
I can’t say I’ve understood Will’s choice at first. Life was precious, and as himself had pointed out, people only live one life. But he was, after all, a man with a character; and just like Lou, I found it impossible to argue with his point of view.
“The thing is, I get that this could be a good life. I get that with you around, perhaps it could even be a very good life. But it’s not my life. I’m not the same as these people you speak to.”
“I led a big life. I am not designed to exist in this thing – and yet for all intents and purposes it is now the thing that defines me. It is the only thing that defines me.”
“I don’t want you to be tied to me, to my hospital appointments, to the restrictions on my life. I don’t want you to miss out on all the things someone else could give you.”
Lou kept thinking that she had failed to change Will’s mind. But maybe her efforts should be called anything but a failure. Her anger and frustration and near emotional breakdown were all understandable; but in the end, she was there beside him, even if it was heartbreakingly difficult for her, to support him and to accompany him. That was love at its purest and greatest.
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” You make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than anyone else in the world.”
And that was what made me bawled my eyes out.
The author ended the book the way she did and, although the ending gave an awful lot of us teary eyes, it couldn’t have made more sense.
It was a closure.
“You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability o ever hide a single thing you felt. You changed my life so much more than this money will ever change yours.”