I’ve been aware of the existence of Me Before You for years. I’d seen it in multiple bookstores, and all over Goodreads, but I was never even remotely interested in it. As much as I love YA contemporary, when it comes to adult fiction the only author I’ve read is Cecelia Ahern. I honestly never thought I would pick this book up.
Then I saw the trailer for the new movie with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. I really like them both, and the trailer looked incredible so I added the book to my wishlist. I considered ordering it online a few times, but it wasn’t until I had ten hours to kill in Heathrow airport that I actually bought it. I read most of it during that time, only stopping when things started getting sad and had to put it down before I started scaring the people around me with my tears. I finished it the second I was on the plane.
For a little while I wasn’t sure about it. Lou is the sort of character I don’t usually like reading about. I struggle to understand people who don’t have ambition. I’m a very ambitious person (hence being a full-blooded Slytherin), and I get very annoyed with myself if I’m not getting things done. My point is—Lou is the opposite, she’s happy where she is in her small little town and she has absolutely no sense of adventure. I thought I’d hate her, but as the story went on we got to see why she was like that and I could begin to understand. I won’t lie, I definitely found Will to be much more interesting, but I still really liked Lou.
I liked Will because of his accident. I finally found a book with a disabled character that is both realistic and not completely about that disability. It’s still not the perfect book, but it’s still really good. Will got to be an actual person with a personality and life outside of his disability, sure some of that was in the past but it was still great to see that side. I absolutely cannot wait to see how Sam Claflin brings Will to life.
The only thing that stopped this from being a five star book for me was the ending. I know why it went that way and I appreciate it, but I can’t help but wish it went differently. I don’t know if anyone else who read this can tell me if they felt the same (without spoiling it). All in all, I am super excited to see the movie bring this incredible book to live. I am, however, not ready for the crushing pain it’s going to inflict.