“Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
Icould direct you to a million romance novels that would maybe end the same but, “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes is just not quite the same. Each character is ecstatically written to contribute in this perfect story. Louisa Clarke lives a very basic life and faces normal problems that you and I both can relate to. She has a diverse personality, a little of a clown honestly, but she has a great deal of responsibility when she is given the task to support her family. Louisa longs for a stable job that would also give her a stable bank account which she desperately needs. This is where boy is introduced; Will Traynor who I would say basically conquered the world on a day to day basis but is now retired by force. The perfect guy you’re searching for is definitely without a doubt Will Traynor, adventurous, smart, charming and the list could go on forever. Though, involuntary, Will is given a life where he is now strapped to a wheelchair with strict routines and an endless boredom. Will becomes excessively moody and treasures his solitude. He believes he has had the perfect life and refuses now to accept his new life which was forcefully handed to him.
Louisa nicknamed Lou, learns a very heartbreaking secret of Will’s and starts to refuse being his babysitter although she realizes that Will’s happiness is more significant to her than she anticipated it to be. Lou is given a six month deadline and the responsibility to ensure Will is excited about living life like he used to, if not, better. Lou thinks of it all with her master planner of a sister and is determined to bring the exhilaration and willingness to live back to Will, who seems to have lost sense of it all. Will’s happiness is now Lou’s one and only priority, she refuses to accept the fate Will has decided for himself. Will finds himself growing into the idea that Lou is happy to make him happy, which is something foreign to him ever since his life changed, for the worst. This puts Will into an even greater contradiction. He longs to keep Lou happy however he finds difficulty in grasping the idea of him living in a chair for the rest of his life.
The novel includes stories other than Will and Louisa’s, so it’s not a monotonous romance. Every sentence and word is a window to the creativity of Moyes’ mind. There’s thrilling adventure, deep insight on the characters and a wealth of wisdom. I personally enjoyed every second spent reading this masterpiece. Not only is this book consummately written but thought was given to the presentation as well. The book’s cover has velvety finish which makes it difficult to put down. Again, you will love everything about this book if you’re interested in a new twist on romance books. Jojo Moyes is without a doubt an ingenious author!