I can’t think of the last time I read a novel that crippled me; that stopped me in my tracks, that made me cancel everything I had to do for the day, because I had to know how the story ended. That’s how Me Before You by Jojo Moyes took over my day.
Set in Britain, the book is about Louisa, a 27-year old woman who was laid off from her long time café job, and started working as a caretaker for Will, who was injured in a motorcycle accident and now a quadriplegic. There are many twists and turns to the novel that with each chapter draws you deeper and deeper. An unexpected love story, Louisa and Will embark on an emotional ride together that changes each others’ life for the better. This page-turner sucks you into the life of Will Traynor and holds you to question the morality of quality of life, class distinctions, family dynamics and personal growth. Here are 3 things I took away from the novel.
1. Growth is a good thing, don’t fight it.
Louisa was apprehensive when she was first laid off from her job at the cafe. When the position to work as a caretaker was presented to her, she wasn’t quite up for it and had a large amount of reservations. As the book progressed, we were able to see Louisa open up in the position, and accept the advice of Will to explore the life she could have outside the small town she had come to be trapped in as she cared for her family financially. If she hadn’t accepted the position and opened herself up in it, she may have still been reserved to her crowded family home making a small amount of money in an undesired work field.
2. When you put the needs of others before yourself you tend to lose who you are.
Louisa’s fitness obsessed boyfriend, Patrick, really played a major factor in her losing sight of who she was. Always thinking of how she can help her family in their small home, the back and forth nature of Louisa’s sister Katrina with her youth son Thomas, made it difficult to have stability within the crowded home. As she continued to care for Will she confided in him and he pushed her to great lengths to explore things that she could be interested in outside of regular book reading and television. The shift in her perspective caused her to put herself and her needs at the forefront, which caused a new narrative prospective in the novel.
3. There is no “too late” when it comes to finding your passion and purpose in life.
At the climax of the novel Louisa’s life took a different direction. By the end of the novel, the progression of her life was astronomically different and not what I expected in the first few chapters of the novel. The book allows you to walk away with the lesson that there is never a “too late” moment in your life to be able to find your true passion in life and live in your purpose.
If you’re looking for a book that can occupy your mind, and really make you think about your own life and apply the lessons then this novel is definitely for you! What are some of the reads on your spring reading list?