Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Book Rating: 5/5
Movie Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: Contemporary Lit
At the open of the book, a 26-year-old Louisa Clark has just lost her job of six years and is in search of a new one to help support her family. After going through a few different jobs that she hates, she finally lands the job as a caretaker for Will Traynor, a quadriplegic of two years. She has no experience being a caretaker much less helping a man in wheelchair. Without revealing too much, Louisa makes it her mission to cheer Will up and help him to see that there is still a life to live despite his limiting disabilities.
Book review: I LOVED this book! It is hard to even put into words how much I liked this book. I did listen to an audio version (I love a good British accent) which helped to more clearly show the sarcastic and then caring relationship between Louisa and Will. Moyes does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the world of these two people. Having really no knowledge of the life of a quadriplegic, this book helped to show the struggles Will, and really his entire family, go through. Half way through the book I felt I had a pretty good idea of how this book would end, but I just had to keep listening to see not only if I was right but also to just stay with these characters a little bit longer.
Movie review: The movie was very well done, but I was disappointed it left out a lot of the little details in the storyline, which I understand they have to do or the movie would be five hours long. The tension between the mother and Louisa, the dramatic ending, and even the love hate relationship between Will and Louisa were not as clearly portrayed in the movie, which I feel made it not quite as good. Having read the book just before going to the movie, these details were fresh in my mind and I was able to just fill in what was left out and connect with these characters even more. If I had not read the book first, I think the movie would still be very good, but I am thankful that with the movie/book combo I got even more of the story of these two characters.
Either way, book or movie, tears were shed and to me that is always a sign of a great story.