Release Date: 2012
Read by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Audible
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
What the hell? Really, wtf? This is one of those SUPER popular genre crossing books so of course I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I’m a little annoyed that I wasted so much of my time on it.
I was actually enjoying Me Before You until close to the end. The story was engaging if somewhat cliched. Everyone likes a good soften-up-the-mad-at the-world character, right? I was happy that Will being an ass didn’t drag out forever. They start to get on pretty quickly, thankfully.
I adored Lou. She was a wonderful main character. She was kind but didn’t take Will’s crap. She was funny and interesting. She has an outrageous fashion sense that made her stand out in the crowd. I also grew to like Will as he opened up to Lou more and more. That didn’t last, unfortunately.
There will be some spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.
Will wants to die. He wants an assisted suicide and really I found it hard to blame him at first. He had had such a rich and adventurous life before his accident. It would be unfathomable to be in his situation. But then he met Louisa. She made him happy. She opened new doors for him, made him see that he could have a full life. It wasn’t enough. This is where I started to get a little pissed in the story. Will even says at one point that the 6 months with Louisa in his life had been the best he’d ever known. So…something doesn’t add up there. The best 6 months ever, but I still want to die. Yeah, tell me how that makes sense? I just couldn’t make that leap.
One of the things I found most surprising about my reading experience is that I didn’t shed a single tear and trust me, I’m a crier. By the end I really just thought Will was a selfish ass. So I wasn’t really sad to see him go. The way Louisa’s story ended was nice, but we could have had the same outcome in a more logical fashion. (ie Will takes some antidepressants, lives, loves Louisa, and she goes to uni). But whatever.
Don’t take my word on it. The book is wildly popular so I’m certainly the minority.