Me Before You is a 369 (Paperback) paged book by Jojo Moyes. Me Before You offers up conversations about serious, real life matters and controversies. So begins a story of one woman’s acceptance of life because of one man’s circumstance.
Many readers focus on Will, but only because Louisa is focused on him. Louisa is the main character in this story and for a short time she finds something and someone that builds a passion in her to do more. Louisa has one of the deepest character developments that I’ve read in a long time.
With the circumstances surrounding Will’s condition she sets herself on a mission; to help him in any way she can. Moyes paints a picture about what it means to care for someone, understand whey they are going through, love them, and respect their wishes, even if theirs does against your own.
Louisa’s fears, hopes, dreams, and determination becomes our own. Will’s condition has left him a changed man, but with Louisa’s help we have the chance to experience the man he was before the accident and although his character doesn’t go through significant changes you learn more from will than characters who might. Above anything, Will teaches Louisa that choices in life must be the right of the one making the choice. Will tells us that life is short and precious and more importantly he shows Louisa how to live beyond the limitations life has planted her in and ones she has placed upon herself.
Me Before You held beautiful places, real people with real lives, and a situation that seems unconnected to anything you might know, but one that is a part of our everyday world. The story that unfolded here will be one I contemplate for a long time to come.