Saturday, February 23, 2013
Me Before You
I finished this book up over a week ago. Before I posted about it I had to emotionally get over it. By the time I had finished it I wanted to throw it in the fire. I have NEVER cried so hard from a book. Most of the time when I am reading a sad book I will shed a silent tear or two.... NOT in this one. I was bawling my eyes out like my dog had just died.
Will Troyer, a very handsome, successful 30 something lived a full life. He made a lot of money, had a glamorous girlfriend, and took adventurous vacations all around the world. One day as he leaves for work and was hit by a car and is left a quadriplegic. He is forced to move in with his parents needing round the clock care for all of his needs.
His parents become worried for his emotional well being and decide that they want to hire someone to raise his spirits. Enter Lou, a 26 year old eccentric dresser still living with her parents. She was laid off at her job at the bakery and is forced to quickly find a new one to help her parents with the mortgage. Lou has never left her little town for travel, college or anything.
Lou begins to work for the Will's family and their relationship is the essence of the story. This story caused me to think how circumstance dictates our lives. Will and Lou never would have met if it weren't for his accident or her never leaving her hometown. It also made me think about how women truly see confidence as the sexiest trait in a man. Emotional love can mean more than physical love.
I won't tell you the reason why this story caused such an emotional reaction in me. I think it may have changed how strongly I felt about what happened in the book. I will say that you WILL feel strongly about it. It left me thinking about how important it is for a person to feel like they are able to make their own choices about their life even if they are not physically able to get up and go where they want to go.
I really struggled whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I decided on 3 stars because of the character development and the characters in general. Most of them did not have as much depth as I typically like. I almost gave it 4 stars because the plot and climax of the story caused such a deep reaction in me. I urge those who choose to read this book to make a personal opinion about it. This is definitely unforgettable to say the least.