If there’s one thing of which I’m certain, it’s that there are countless opportunities to fall in love, and never ending ways to show it. Me Before You only reiterates the depths of our ability to care for someone, and what true love will drive us to do. With the movie adaptation premiering this summer, I was drawn to this book’s romantic ambience from the start.
The novel by Jojo Moyes tells the tale of young woman, Louisa Clark, and her journey undertaking a position to care for Will Traynor, a man who became a quadriplegic in a tragic accident. Louisa is a homebody, comfortable yet quirky in her lifestyle, and perfectly happy living her small town life, while Will would rather end his than be stuck living in a less than mediocre position, restricted to his wheelchair and the aid of others.
As the story progresses, Louisa finds herself more concerned with Will’s well-being, and constantly looking for ways to show him there can be life beyond his trauma. She finds small ways he can be independent and does her best to introduce him to the beauty still left in the world, not realizing the greatest gift she’s giving him is herself.
Me Before You reveals a deep kind of love, the kind that inexplicably connects the soul and makes us strive to be better than who we were before. It shows how we don’t always fall in love at the right time, or in the perfect situation, but rather when it’s meant to happen. More than that, Moyes sends an imperative message to her readers that it’s never too late to change your life and become what you might have been. Out fates are not set in stone, but our choices, our ability to move forward determines who we become and what we’re capable of offering others.
This story is a must read not only for romantics, but for anyone who wants to be reminded that life is, in fact, what you make of it. And there’s not a moment to be wasted.
Watch the trailer and grab some Kleenex!