Let me start by saying something I haven’t seen mentioned in the reviews for this book, it’s funny. It’s a book where the jokes actually made me laugh, as in out loud (I tried reading this whilst on the bus, I actually think I looked kind of crazy, laughing hysterically at one page and visibly upset by the next…)! It’s a beautiful read that has you completely invested in the fate of these characters, you can’t help but care about what happens to Will and Louisa.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m here for all these action-packed, dramatic thrillers/mystery’s and what have you. So initially I really didn’t think this book would be my cup of tea. But oh… it is! Everything from the characters, to the relationships involved in this book just made you never want to let go of this world, even if it breaks your heart to a million pieces. What I really liked about this book was that we got an insight into Louisa’s family life, we got to understand the environment she grew up, her relationship with her family and how much they depend on each other. I can’t possibly say anymore without blurting out a spoiler but I HIGHLY recommend you read this book!
Questions by readers:
- Does this book have ableism in it,
- Who is ‘me’ and who is ‘you’ in this book?
- Why was Lou able to break through to Will when no one else could? What attracted Will to Lou?
- How did Lou’s incident in the maze shape her and how does it compare to how Wills accident shaped him/determined his future?
- I definitely did not see that this book supported ableism in any way, shape or form. I think if anything it showed that there is a community that you can always connect with, no matter what you’re suffering from, not matter how bad it seems, there are other people going through the same thing who maybe have a different perspective and who you may be able to find comfort in talking to. I do understand this point however ‘why does he always encourage Lou to do better, move on to bigger plans whilst he doesn’t actively try to make a change in his’? That did frustrate me quite a bit at the beginning, because you really want to tell him, why don’t you take your own advice for once, right? Here’s my viewpoint, I can never know what he’s going through, no one knows what quadriplegics have to endure, the physical/emotional pain, no matter how hard I try to imagine I can NEVER come close to even really understanding what people have to go through. Having said that I think what Jojo Moyes is trying to get through is that not everything has a sparkly happy ending, in real life things go differently, people can adjust to changes but they may not be happy with how they have to live.
- I believe Me Before You refers to Louisa before she met Will, it’s to emphasise the impact he’s had on her life.
- This was actually a good question. As you read on you can see that Will hasn’t come across a lot of Louisa’s during his time. He tried to push her away during the beginning but slowly he started warming to her. In my opinion it’s because Louisa UNDERSTANDS Will. She knows he doesn’t want her pity, she knows when to give him space and she also knows that she doesn’t have to tiptoe around him, she could be just as sarcastic and snarky to him as he is to her. Will after his accident has been so used to people doing the opposite of this, always feeling sorry for him, consistently asking if there’s anything he needs, basically being too attentive. With Louisa I guess he feels ‘normal’, or he feels more like the Will before the accident? I don’t know if what I’m saying makes sense but that’s what I personally gleaned from this.
- It’s really interesting to see that they both have different coping mechanisms. We don’t really know much about Louisa’s personality before her incident in the maze, but present day Louisa is ridiculously cheerful, always optimistic but has also closed off. She’s become someone who’d much rather stay in her comfort zones even if it means not pursuing a career/life she’d be happier living! With Will it’s the complete opposite, we have a character who’s been making the most of every moment in his life and he can’t imagine living any other way. Which is why (understandably) he becomes depressed, closed off and pretty much suicidal after his accident.
I apologise that this took so long to post, I just couldn’t bring myself to rewrite everything and I kept avoiding it! I have an updated TBR that I should be posting on Monday, so if you want to know what reviews I will be posting in the next couple of weeks keep an eye out for that!