The best romance novel that I read in a long time! The book got me glued to it for two days, two working days I might add, and I just couldn’t stop myself until I turned the last page. I need to warn you, the review will contain spoiler alerts and the book does not have a happy ending.
The story of Will Traynor is presented, a 35 year of man, who was involved in an accident that landed him in a wheal chair, not being able to use any of his members. His family hires Luisa Clark to take care of him and to light up his spirit for a period of 6 months. Apart from learning how to coup with his needs and his hot temper, Lou also finds out about his plans of assisted suicide in Switzerland at the end of her working contract. She struggles to make him change his mind, but also falls in love with the man who is trying to escape life.
The book brings a different view over the difficulties of a person that has his hole life striped in a second and the pain that is inflicted on both himself and his family. The constant struggle with the physical and the mental pain, the frustration of being dependent of others, along with the way society looks at invalid people, puts in a new light the idea of assisted suicide.
Also a victim of rape, Luisa, learns to let go of her past and exit the comfort zone for Will, she even takes him on a trip to Mauritius, just to make him see his possibilities even in his condition. Unfortunately, she cannot make him change his mind and in the end of the book she stands by his side at the clinic in Switzerland. After his death, he leaves a small fortune to help her go to college and escape the little town they both called home.
Setting aside the cheese love story part, Moyes’s book tackles some sensitive topics: disabilities, rape, depression, life changing habits, family issues, frustration and assisted suicide. We are quick to judge when it comes to the life of others, but we don’t know how we would react when placed in the very uncomfortable shows of theirs. Although the story presents the life of a wealthy family, that can offer Will all the support in the world, yet he decides to refuse this, I cannot stop thinking about the life of the not so wealthy that go through this and are fighting for a chance of life.
My view of the subject of suicide is a subjecting one, since I know people that would have done anything to stay alive and couldn’t due to terrible diseases, and to see the ones that have a chance to live and decide to give it up, it just makes me angry with the latest type.
In 2016 the book is turned into a movie, featuring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (Hunger Games), that I am eager to see. Hope I convinced you to give “Me Before You” a chance and see the world of disabled people in a different view.