I want you to keep in mind I never read the back of the book or a single thing online. Yes I live under a rock. I let the preview speak for itself. I knew going in that this was a love story between a caregiver (who maybe didn’t know so much about care giving) and man who was paralyzed. Oh and bumblebee stockings. Somehow those played in to to the book, I just knew it.
Me Before You was profoundly moving. Not in a Nietzsche sort of way but in a The Fault in Our Stars sort of way. It was unexpected and it snuck up on me.
Lou is the newest caregiver to a quadriplegic, he is the last man Lou ever thought she’d love. Will was a daredevil and after an accident that left him wheelchair bound, he is ready to take his own life. Can these two find happiness or is death the only answer?
I wanted to know the answer to this question with every page of the book. It’s a rarity to find a story that is both captivating and leaves me wondering how it will all end. Usually there is a bit of give, and you know that the couple will end up together, it’s a trope. But I wasn’t sure with this one. Not till the very last page.
I’m not going to tell you what happens, because even though there have been 5 million copies sold, I won’t give it away for other rock dwellers. It’s too special to ruin. What I will say is, if you are looking for a new kind of love story, one that will move you to tears, look no further.
June 1st I will be at the theatre, to see if the movie lives up to the book. I’ll let you know if it does.