A lot of books are being adapted into movies these days and I’m not complaining about that at all. I really enjoy seeing the difference between book and film. This time in the KappaCino book we take a look at Me Before You by Jojo Moyes before I run off and see the movie.
At the beginning of the story, everyone has a settled life. But Will Traynor’s happiness is cut short by a motorcycle accident which leaves him confined to a wheelchair. Lou Clarke is happy with her small and cosy life until she loses her job at the cafe. Both Will and Lou are thrown together by fate, and fate wants to change both of their lives for the better. Can they change each other’s minds about the world around them? Or will there be nothing more than bittersweet heartache?
Thoughts on the Story
Emotions run deep in the story as it explores what life and death are really about. Everyone has their theories about what happens when you die, but no-one really thinks about what would make you want to end it. Suicide is one of those things that goes hand-in-hand with depression and mental illness. Assisted suicide has caused a lot of controversy over the years as people debate on what is best. The jury is still out on the subject, and I’m not going to debate it here. What I do know is that everyone should have a right to choose and is entitled to freedom of choice. Whether we agree with those choices is another thing entirely. The story, or more the scenario that Jojo Moyes puts to us in Me Before You is such a complex issue. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with it all.
Thoughts on the Author
I mean this in the nicest possible way but I kind of hate Jojo Moyes right now. Ok, maybe not hate, but I am still trying to process all feelings that I had to deal with. This story was a complete rollercoaster of emotions that I don’t think I was prepared to deal with. I have never been confronted with a slap in the face like this at the end of a story before. But it did help by highlighting some of the problems and dilemmas that the physically disabled face. As an able bodied person, I know I am guilty of projecting my emotions and pretending it will be ok. Sometimes it won’t be ok, and we need to face the reality of a situation. Me Before You shines a harsh light on the limited options that physically disabled people face after receiving a life-altering injury.
I am not ashamed to admit that by the end of the story, I was crying. Not a wee sob. This was ugly crying with snot and that weird huffing sound when you can’t get your breath. As much as I was left feeling hurt and betrayed by the end of the story, I would recommend that everyone reads this book. But make sure you have tissues (which I have included in an affiliate link below, trust me, you will need them).
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