After a lot longer than I thought, I have finally finished reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I don’t know why it took me so long, because I really enjoyed reading it and I guess I haven’t had much time to read over the last couple of weeks. But it has finally been read and I loved it so so much!
I don’t want to include any spoilers but this book actually left me heartbroken. I loved the characters, and the story line was so realistic. Moyes hadn’t put any kind of glamour on to the characters, hadn’t made everything pretty and perfect. She kept the story as real and as bare as real life. She uncovered every moment of what it is like to care for a disabled person and held nothing back, not wanting to hide any little detail.
This book really resonated with me, and with my mum as well when she read it, because my Grandma had been disabled for most of her life and we had all gone through a lot of the same stuff that Louisa and Will went through in the book. This is why I loved the fact that Will’s disability hadn’t been romanticised and that every event was true to real life.
It went through all the ups and downs of emotions and moments within their life, reflecting a lot of my own memories with my Grandma – like the effort it takes to actually go out for a meal anywhere, or the way people judge and treat people with disabilities. So every adventure I read about, I completely symathised with and it felt quite comforting, in a way, that Moyes had express these things so well. I found myself really attached to the story and was extremely emotional the whole way through.
It is a truly beautiful and touching story about how life can change so quickly and how people can change with the help of others. I loved the relationship between the characters and loved the whole ‘carpe diem’ theme of the book. Life is too short, and this book showed how you can have the time of your life in a matter of months.
I’m now going to move on to the sequel, After You, and prepare myself for the film which I think is coming out this year!