Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking on December 31st 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Overdrive
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.
Aha, that gif sums up my whole damn review of this book. THIS BOOK. I have to admit that I’m one of those many many people who read this book because of the movie trailer. I mean, how could I not? The movie trailer was heartbreaking, and I knew right away that I needed this book. Unfortunately it was sold out everywhere, and I managed to snag an e-book of it on Overdrive. SO HOORAY. I was legit scared of reading it, and my God, I was right to be scared.
Here’s a warning: Don’t read this book in public because there’s a high guarantee that you will bawl your eyes out. That’s what I did, because I could only read it at work and on the commute. SIGH. SNIFFSNIFF.
Louisa was unique, in a way. I mean, if you’ve seen the trailer, you would know that she’s one of a kind. She’s a little bit weird, the kind of weird that makes you face palm yourself, but at the same time love her a little more. Also, her fashion sense is, in my opinion, on point. The girl knows how to be unorthodox, and I really love it. She’s also the kind of person who was always happy, living in her perfect bubble, which made this book all the more heartbreaking, seeing her struggle with this evil thing called LOVE.
Me Before You started off quite funny, and a little bit awkward, in a good way. Louisa and Will meeting is like two train crashing. They’re just the polar opposite of each other, and that makes me so happy, because balance. I mean, who else does grumpy Will Traynor needs, if not Louisa the bright endearingly annoying girl? Yes, Will was bitter. I mean, I do understand, he just got everything taken away from him in the blink of an eye. And the thing about Will that you need to know is that he’s the kind of guy who lives his life to the fullest.
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
I love every single conversation that was between Will and Louisa. It’s like the most cutest thing ever, and I never wanted it to stop. I wanted them to keep on talking and talking and you know, just me squealing at Will’s sarcastic nature. Will Traynor will definitely capture your heart, that old grumpy dude. I mean, he’s really the kind of guy who hides all his sadness behind tons of anger, and it just breaks your heart knowing that.
I finished this book at home, and by the last page, I was already sobbing my heart out.
“And then, just like that, my heart broke. My face crumpled, my composure went and I held him tightly and I stopped caring that he could feel the shudder of my sobbing body because grief swamped me. It overwhelmed me and tore at my heart and my stomach and my head and it pulled me under, and I couldn’t bear it. I honestly thought I couldn’t bear it.”