The world bestseller Me before You by Jojo Moyes finally made it onto my blog after being one of the book we had to read in school that I enjoyed.
Me before You is about Louisa (Lou) Clark from England, who has a very low income and supports her family with her money. On the other side of the story is William (Will) Traynor, who was a rich lawyer from London. He fits the stereotype of a lawyer perfectly . He is ambitious, arrogant, selfish, has a beautiful girlfriend and seems to hold the world in his hands. His life is perfect, but everything changes when he becomes part of a terrible accident.
Seven years later Lou is fired, because of her boss moving away. She searches for a job to help her family and finds one as a companion for Will, who is disabled and now sitting in a wheelchair. From the beginning Lou feels, that Will hates her and she only keeps on working for the Traynors, because of the good payment. As Lou finds out more about Will and gets to know him better an interesting story about life, love and death unfolds.
Me before You is a very moving novel about people meeting and learning to understand each other. It reminded me of The Intouchables a bit, but as I went on the story turned to another direction. Sometimes I really hated the characters – mostly Will – for doing some things, but Lou was always there to fix it. I laughed, cried and got angry while reading the book. I love, when books make me feel along with characters and think about their actions. This book showed me different sides of sitting in a wheelchair, the support of one’s family and love. I didn’t like the ending that much, but that is nothing new to me. The suicide of Will is not only a very sad ending, but also a bit controversial. It made it seem like disabled people cannot live a happy life or enjoy living at all.
Me before You receives 3,5 out of 5 stars