Original title : Me Before You
Author : Jojo Moyes
First published in : 2012
Genre : romance
Edition : Penguin
Pages : 481
Status : read from 02/23/17 to 04/12/17
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Synopsis : Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Review : Wow! This book is such a beauty! I already loved the story when I watched the movie last June, but this is as beautiful when it is written. Jojo Moyes has a gift for writing and knows how to manage suspense, building at the same time a cute but strong love story. What I love the most is that each character is special and has a role to play in the story. This is something good to underline, in my opinion, because there are often lots of characters in novels and we don’t really know what they give to the story. Here, they all are important and not too numerous, so we can identify them easily and follow them in their adventures. They all are lovable in their way and I didn’t want to leave them in finishing my reading. I definitely hope I’ll find some of them in After You!
I also appreciated the fact that a strong topic is the main part of the story. We don’t talk enough about dying with dignity and even if it is hard for the concerned ones to take this decision, I think we all should have the choice and possibility to do this. This is my opinion and I completely understand that this topic can be a taboo, but this is important to be aware of these possibilities and this reality. I cried a lot before the the movie and I was moved by the book, so I am sure it wouldn’t be easy for me if I had to face it for a member of my family, but I understand that life isn’t simple for everyone and that euthanasia is a way among others to feel finally free.
A beautiful and strong story that I would recommend to everyone, just to be more understanding with others and because it warmed my heart so much!