Series: Me Before You #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Main themes: Loss, Disability, Love, Personal Growth
Rating: 5 stars
Me Before You follows the quirky, creative and warm Louisa Clark who unfortunately, has just lost her job. Accustomed to working in her local café for most of her adult life, Lou struggles to get to grips with her changing circumstances. However, it’s at her new job where she crosses paths with intelligent and once adventurous William Traynor; and this is where the beautiful yet heartbreaking story truly begins.
The journey that this book takes you on can be encapsulated in one word: emotional. You end up laughing at witty remarks passed around in the Clark household, and choking up at precious words spoken between two people in love. It also prompts you to think about life, and the choices you’ve made, to see the world from the point of view of someone who’s life is so removed from many of our own’s.
As the plot develops, we see Lou begin to find herself, just as Will begins to find his old self; and you can’t help but feel fond of these characters. They’re just so likeable and relatable and you become so attached that you can’t help but feel so affected by their story.
Overall, Me Before You a simple, thought provoking and touching story that will undoubtedly break your heart (there’s no two ways about it). It’s a book I’d recommend to everyone, with the advice that tissues are are mandatory when reading!