By Pearson Brooks
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Drama, Romance
Publication Date: It was originally published in Great Britain in 2012. This edition was published in 2016
Number of Pages: 369
Favorite Quote: “’Hey, Clark,’ he said. ‘Tell me something good’” (358)
Me Before You is an unconventional love story about Louisa Clark and Will Traynor, the two most unlikely people in the world. Louisa is a plain and simple girl with a plain and simple life. She lives with her Mom, Dad, little sister, nephew, and Grandfather. Her mom spends the day taking care of her incapable grandfather; Her father takes his time trying to provide for his family; Her sister, Katrina, was smart and gorgeous, but since she had Thomas, she only takes care of him; and Louisa works at a café. Louisa and her father are the only providers. When she loses her job, she knows she must start working again. She finally scores a job taking care of a quadriplegic, Will Traynor. Will used to lead a grand life with many commodities but a motorcycle accident leaves him paralyzed. Louisa begins to become attached and comfortable when she learns that Will no longer wants to live. She sets out on a mission to stop his plans before it is too late. Louisa spares no time in trying to save Will, but ultimately, it is Will’s decision. Louisa has 6 months to change Will’s mind. Louisa has 6 months to show Will his life can still be lived. Louisa has 6 months to give Will the desire to live.
Favorite Character: Nathan- Smart, caring, friendly
Themes: Love, sadness, regret, revenge, exhaustion, perseverance, depression, happiness, relief, and struggle
Why you should read it: Me Before You isn’t an physically action packed James-Bond type of book. The action is subtle but obvious. The love is real and you become character’s lives. The book is definitely not expected. There are several twists and turns that you don’t see coming and it is extremely intense. Boys and girls alike would like this because of the romance, thrills, and dark turns throughout. It is a foreign book but you feel understand everything as you go read.