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- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (December 31, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 31, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0089EHWQE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I did however pick up the book. I made plans with #DaughterNumber2 to see the movie on a Sunday afternoon. So Friday night I picked the book up. I was impressed, and loved being in a English (British) book. There is just something about the language that I love. I started feeling connected to the main character, but also started to feel the pain, and sorrow that must of been going through Will and his parents. While this was a super interesting and REAL story, I was caught off guard by all the feels I had. I went through every emotion possible while reading this story! I latterly finished the book 20 minutes before leaving to see the movie! Now I am vary familiar with book to movie adaptions. And as far as those go, this was a pretty good adaption. I understand the scenes that were cut, and can understand why. I however had a few issues with the near end of the story and how things were changed for the movie verses the book. I wish that part was closer to the story.
Overall I give the Book 4 1/2 Stars and the movie 4 stars.
Will was hit while crossing the street ending the extremely adventerous part of his life and leaving him a quadriplegic. His friends slowly disappeared and Will was stuck moving back home with his parents living a very minimalistic life where he basically sat in his chair staring thru the window all day long. He comes to an agreement with his family about his care for a 6 month period where he will try to be a little more positive but afterwards, they must accept his choices.
Louisa was content with a simple life supporting her parents and sister but suddenly lost her job and had to find something to be able to help survive. She had very little hopes and dreams mostly because she just addressed each day as it came never really focusing on her own future. She accepts a job as a caretaker for Will where she's supposed to just try to keep him a little cheerful but fights with the decision to take on this type of role for a 6 month duration.
They of course mix like oil and water at first but in time find a way to tolerate one another. Their relationship eventually gains depth and learn they need one another to keep going forward. But Will's ultimate plans are not what Louisa expected, and she struggles with how to accept his choices. The story takes you on a path of romance, anger, hope and despair ending in a very emotional place but opening the door for a sequel to see what happens after this experience.
For most readers, this book will take you away from your own life's troubles giving you something much more intense in which to immerse yourself. The pacing, timing, setting, character development and imagery will capture your attention and make you realize you likely have it pretty good in your own life. While you'll understand enough of the pain and barriers people with physical disabilities experience, you will also learn what it's like emotionally to handle such a huge change to your lifestyle and relationships. By the end, your problems will seem far less dramatic and you may even walk away from the book feeling energized to be more positive. (And yes, you'll spend most of the book crying and sad!)
With full caution, I may not be aware of what life is like in towns like the one in this book and thus this may not actually be a weakness... however, Louisa's family and hometown seems a bit unrealistic. I get that she has two parents, a grandparent, a sister and a nephew living with her and times are tough financially. I get that parents sometimes tease their kids about life choices. But there's a clear love between the family at the same time as a clear favoritism for Louisa's sister over Louisa. Many pages are devoted to how intelligent and beautiful her sister is and why the family needs to spend more money and love on her. Louisa may act a bit plain and simple, but she's the one supporting the family. And then when the mother reacts to Louisa's choices at the end of the book, I was confused as to why she would be so divergent. Yet the scene where Will comes to Louisa's birthday party were incredibly touching to a point where I really liked her family. It felt a little bit yo-yo-ish for me.
To love this book, you have to love emotion. You have to be OK with crying and getting angry. You have to be OK with accepting how other people have a right to make their own choices. You have to realize people are different. You have to understand that yes, there are people in the world like this and just because you haven't met them or interacted with them much doesn't mean they aren't there. What I loved most about this book was the beauty and pain from which I am often sheltered. And when a book makes you get out of your own skin, you have to acknowledge its strengths.
"'You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.'"
Louisa Clark is a 26-year-old who lives with her parents in their small, comfortable English town. Louisa is a quirky sort of person. She has her own style and she's not afraid to say what's on her mind. She also has a sunny disposition, making her a likable person. After recently losing her job, she heads to the Job Center since her family is dependent on her income to help make ends meet. Louisa's only stipulation is that she wants nothing to do with wiping anyone's bottom. She interviews for a job about which she knows nothing and ends up meeting the person who will change her life completely.
"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 to ever hide a single thing you felt. You changed my life so much more than...will ever change yours."
Will Traynor is a quadriplegic and doesn't have the use of his limbs, with the exception of a small amount in one hand. Will completely depends on others for everything, from eating to helping him sit up. He was once a very successful businessman who loved the outdoors and lots of sports. Now he is bound to his wheelchair for life and spends his days listening to music and watching films. Louisa is hired to be his caregiver and, after she is assured that she won't be wiping his bottom, she agrees to work for the Traynors for six months. Will is very difficult, understandably so given his circumstances, and Camilla Traynor hopes that Louisa's happiness will give her son a reason to smile.
"'I know we can do this. I know it's not how you would have chosen it, but I know I can make you happy. And all I can say is that you make me...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 with anyone else in the world.'"
After I got partway into the book, I started remembering what I had read a couple years ago. Jojo Moyes is a British author so the dialogue and writing style are slightly different than books written by American authors. Even if you aren't too familiar with British vocabulary, it won't be like you are reading a book completely written in a foreign language. British humor is also different in that it's a dry, witty humor rather than laugh-out-loud humor. There are times when this book drags on a bit which is why I rated it four stars but most of the time it's fairly engaging and entertaining. I feel most of the characters are likable, except for maybe Patrick, but I think many books have at least one character who is annoying or strange and that person ends up influencing the plotline. The story is narrated mostly by Louisa but also is told by a few of the other characters.
I'm glad I took the time to re-read this book because I enjoyed it. Me Before You is a combination of happiness and sadness, humorous and contentment. I feel it's most closely characterized as a contemporary fiction novel but has aspects of romance to it as well. I think this book will appeal to adult readers of all ages. I certainly enjoyed it and my 67-year-old mother-in-law also liked it. It contains some sad, emotional parts as well as beautiful, happy scenes so be prepared to have some tissues handy in case you are an emotional reader, like me! Overall, I'd recommend this book if you are looking for something new to read. I plan to read more of Jojo Moyes' novels and see the Me Before You movie soon!
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