I’ve recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes for the second time, having bought the film on dvd to watch and see how it compares.
The first time I read this book I borrowed it from my Aunt, and in all honesty I didn’t want to give it back to her as I knew I’d want to read it again. And so I eventually bought myself a copy.
It’s about how the paths of two people cross, Lou and Will, and how that changes both of them. Lou is a bright, bubbly character, who knows a lot of things but not what she wants to do with her life. Will’s life as he knew it was destroyed by a motorcycle accident and he now has no desire to keep living. It is a heartrendering, magical story about love, which occurs no matter what.
I absolutely loved reading this book the first time, and again the second time. For me there is so much I can relate to in the book; in Lou, not knowing what she wants to do with her life, and in Will, having to rely on people to do the simplest of tasks.
The book reminds me how grateful I should be for the small bits of independence I am able to grasp on to, and possibly regain in the future. It shows the importance of friendship, love, learning and letting go. It is a beautiful book and I can’t wait to read the second Lou Clark novel ‘After You’, as well as see if, and how they managed to convert this wonderful book into a film. In my experience the film versions don’t tend to do the books justice, but maybe they might manage it one day!