By Rita Lin
“I’m here, Mother. You don’t have to talk across me. My brain isn’t paralyzed. Yet.” Me Before You is a novel written by Jojo Moyes in 2012. Louisa Clark, a quirky, weird girl, seeks to find a job to support and raise her family. She eventually finds herself in the predicament of taking care of a sarcastic, yet rude man, by the name of Will Traynor. Will Traynor suffered a motorcycle accident a few years ago and became paralyzed from the head down, only able to use his hands (barely) and move his head (barely). Ever since Will’s accident, he has become depressed and hardly smiles anymore, and his family hopes that Louisa Clark will be able to bring back Will’s laughter again. Initially, Will despises the sight of Louisa; however, after spending time together and getting to know each other, they realize they have a lot to learn from one another. Louisa has spent her entire life in the little town she lives in, never having the opportunity or the incentive to explore the world. Lou also realizes she has no dreams or goals in life, and Will allows her to understand how little she has lived of her life. Throughout the book, it is evident that Will hates his life after his accident. He hates being confined to a wheelchair and despises the idea of never exploring the world ever again. Lou eventually discovers Will has other plans in mind. Will Lou be able to change his mind, before the unfathomable happens?
Me Before You is a great book that I recommend to anyone who happens to read this book review. It encompasses many themes and valuable lessons. In the book, Lou is teased by Will when she mentions her former notion to go to fashion school. Also, Lou dresses weirdly and Will jokes with her by saying no one will buy her clothes. However, Will encourages her to go to fashion school no matter what anyone thinks of her, and he encourages her to travel, telling her exploring is sometimes the best way to learn. I really liked the book because it is humorous, emotional, and intriguing. What I found interesting is the ending, since it is different from most modern romance novels. Finally I want to reiterate one more time, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is finding a new read because it will leave you begging for more.