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Me Before You: A Novel (Movie Tie-In) Paperback – April 26, 2016
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In The Last Letter from Your Lover (2011), Moyes presented a heavily plotted novel that spanned decades and featured parallel romances. Her newest work dials down the intricacy, and the result is a far more intimate novel. Moyes introduces us first to Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Twentysomething Louisa “Lou” Clark has been hired as his caretaker, despite a total lack of experience. As the prickly Will and plainspoken Lou gradually warm to each other, she learns that the six-month length of her contract coincides with the amount of time Will has agreed, for his parents’ sake, to postpone his planned assisted suicide, a subject Moyes treats evenhandedly. Armed with this information, Lou sets about creating adventures for Will, hoping to give him a reason to live. Simultaneously, Will encourages Lou to expand the expectations of what her life could be. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind: Sometimes love isn’t enough. --Patty Wetli --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
Louisa Clark lives in England, living an ordinary life in a small town with her nice, but equally ordinary, financially hard-pressed family. She has really never ventured far from home. The only thing that sets her apart is her charming, but decidedly quirky, taste in clothing, as well as her kind heart and loving disposition. Will Traynor, on the other hand, is from the same small town, but his background is decidedly upper-crust, having grown up in the local Castle, which was his family home. Will is well traveled, an extreme sports enthusiast who has his pick of beautiful women, and he buys and sells companies for a living. Yes, he is a veritable master of the universe.
Perversely, the fates intervene. Rendered a quadriplegic after an accident, Will is now back home with his parents. He has all the comforts and care for which a severely disabled person could dream of having. His parent also get him a caregiver/companion. This is where Louisa Clark comes in. She has just been let go from her waitressing job, and needing a job, she applies for the position of caregiver/companion to Will. To her own surprise, she gets the position and slowly, but surely, grows into it. For her, it is the experience of a lifetime, as her horizons are broadened by Will.
For Will, it is also an experience, as he seems to come out of his doldrums. He appears to have a new lease on life thanks to the irrepressibly joyous Louisa. A special connection develops between the two, but it appears to be not enough to dissuade Will from a decision with which he has come to term but that not everyone may or will understand.
This book should make one realize that some decisions are intensely personal and that one should not judge such decisions harshly, even though one may have walked in those very same shoes. After all, no two people are exactly alike. This is a wonderful, thought provoking and deeply moving book on the vicissitudes of life and the difficult decisions with which one may sometimes be faced.
I couldn't put the book down, despite having watched the film several times, despite knowing the outcome... getting a little more insight into everyone's world was addictive. I only wish we could've heard a little more from Will's prospective.
Being American, some of the references and language was a bit hard to follow, but overall, the sarcasm and humor translated very well.