They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely 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.
Me Before You is probably one of the most popular book of the year (or at least, the summer), and since my sister bought a copy earlier on (actually even before the summer and before I came home), I had a chance to read it. Just reading the synopsis alone, I knew that this was something up my alley, and after reading it, I did enjoy it!
I will admit that Me Before You isn’t as good as a lot of people let on. I’m incredibly emotional and even more emotional when I read. However, my eyes stayed dry through the entire book. I will say that the writing is beautiful and the premise is unique, but for some reason it failed to appeal to my emotions the same way it has appealed to so many others. I think the reason for that is just that the ending can be best described as “meh.” The latter part of the book dragged on a little bit for me and it quickly became predictable.
One criticism of the book was the way Will was portrayed as someone who is disabled. It was described as offensive and potentially dangerous, and a book that “literally romanticizes a death wish.” While I’m able-bodied, I can see where these critics and activists are coming from–it’s harmful to romanticize and perpetuate the thought that someone might be “better off dead,” as that was one of the main points I got after reading this book.
I’m not fully able to get behind this book and love it (also, I might add, the movie adaptation was… equally as “meh,” if not more “meh.”), I will say that it’s not the worst I’ve ever read, and I generally liked Louisa and Will. I actually enjoyed the book, but the ending is definitely not this book’s strength.