Goodreads: 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.
Colleen Hoover shared the movie trailer for Me Before You on Facebook yesterday saying “Ugh. This is going to hurt so good.” I’ve never seen a trailer that made me teary eyed, and as soon as I saw it was based off a book I needed to find and read it immediately.
I went into this with very high expectations… and they were met. The first ~15% of the book was pretty slow and boring. Plus the British spellings, lingo, and culture confused me.
After Lou and Will stopped hating each other, things picked up. I loved seeing their friendship progress and grow into something beautiful.
There’s a lot going on in Lou’s life outside of caretaking. Her father loses his job and her fitness obsessed boyfriend is a bit of a jerk. Will’s family has some drama as well, his dad is having an affair. Plus his ex-girlfriend is marrying his best friend. It’s very realistic drama, not the unnecessary type I often find myself running into with contemporary novels. It really makes you think and feel a wide range of emotions.
Me Before You is a tragically beautiful and bittersweet book. It’s really best to go into the book not knowing more about Lou and Will outside the synopsis. The main focus is about important life choices, not just finding love in unexpected places. It will make you change the way you look at things.
(I’m not sure if I will read the second book after reading some reviews.)
The movie will be released this summer. Watch the trailer below: