I just had my heart ripped out… Yesterday afternoon I sat down to read a book I had gotten both for me and my friend Rachel to read for Christmas. And at 1:30am, with stinging eyes and tears welling in my ears (you know, from reading on my back) I read the last page and wished it hadn’t ended so soon.
Without giving too much away, because this is definitely a great read to go into “blind” with no expectations or real idea of what’s happening, I will say that it is a romance. And, you know as much as I hate to admit it, romance is my genre. Not the Harlequins or dime paperbacks, I don’t really groove on the smutty junk fiction… but a really well written story with a romantic vibe is my cup of tea. (And chai, chai is also my cup of tea…)
This book did not disappoint. The story is well paced, the narrative is enjoyable, nothing too profane or offensive, and the characters… the characters are so real, you’ll relate to them on many unexpected levels. The conversations are fun to read, in fact, I am pretty sure I cast the movie in my head already, and if it isn’t made as I imagined it I’d be sorely disappointed. (Jennifer Lawrence would be Lou in my movie-version, Will would be a younger DiCaprio but since that isn’t possible I think Zac Efron would do nicely… Edward Hermann would be Will’s father. I’ll stop there before I make an even greater nerd of myself…)
While it is a romance, it’s not sappy and disgusting. No eye-roll inducing passages. It’s real, raw and deep. It’s a look into a kind of life we may not often be exposed to (that of a quadriplegic 30-something and his female caregiver) and the difficult decisions he’s making, both of them with life changing futures ahead. The story made my head spin and I will definitely be reading it again just to see what I had missed the first time, because I’m sure there’s even more to appreciate the second time around.
From Amazon: A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?