“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

Summary

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Personal Experiences

I never really liked tragedy books. But I have watched the movie for this story and read the book. And I think I understand what they mean when they say “If you love something/someone so much, let them/it go.” I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but in reality, love can mean a lot of things. Most associate the word with the inability to live without someone or caring about someone so much it hurts. But there are other definitions. Like letting them go. And this book teaches you the meaning of that phrase. I like the story a lot. Maybe you’ve read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. In his book, the loss is tremendous and hurts. A lot. But it just didn’t feel like Jojo Moyes made it feel. It felt real. It felt true. It was sad and heart-breaking. And at the same time, it was happy and joyful, and serene. It was so calm and peaceful, and real. And I loved it.

Quotes

“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.” 


“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.” 


“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” 


“All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.” 


“You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.” 


Where to find Me Before You

Indie Bound*

PDF**

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Me Before You by Jojo Moyes," in {sereneharoon.com}, October 22, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/10/me-before-you-by-jojo-moyes/.

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