Love finds you in the most mysterious places

If you want to feel heartbroken, happy, fulfilled, yet still wanting more, I definitely recommend reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes!


A girl who has no idea what to do with her life, and a boy who had his life mapped out and then experiencing a tragedy, cross paths and the romance begins.

Makayla Bech, Staff Writer

I was hesitant to pick up this reading at first. I typically do not endeavor into novels surrounding the idea of love, romance, and all of the teenage love stories. However, after my sister had begged me to read this book for an entire year, I thought it was time to beckon to her begging. So, I picked up the book and read the first page. I read that first page and felt a sense of defeat rage through my body as I realized that, yes I will indeed love this book and adore every second that I spend reading it. I felt defeated that my sister was right and I was going against my desire to oppose love-related books and not the classy literature that I tend to stick to.

Me Before You is a novel written by Jojo Moyes. This book explores the life of a young woman named Louisa Clark, Lou for short. She is living a stressful middle class life in an apartment home with her mother, father, grandfather, sister, and her nephew. This house is extremely lively at a constant rate and the chatter never seems to dim. What continues to add to the stress of the living situation is that Louisa is the only member that is bringing in money. I hate to break it to future readers, however, the beginning of the book is describing how Lou lost her job at the Buttered Bun after her boss decided he needed to shut down business. On her search for a new job, she stumbles upon an opening of a six month contract to be a companion to a paraplegic man.

Once Lou received the job, she finds that she is being paid to be the friend of Will Traynor who got into a car accident and is now paralyzed throughout most of his body. Will is stubborn and hard to get to know. It takes all of the energy and creativity of Lou to find activities and conversation that would engage this 30-year-old man that wanted to desperately be left alone.

Based on the cover alone and the great amount of foreshadowing that Moyes provides, it is relatively obvious that Will and Lou eventually become lovers by the end of the story. However, that is the end. This book is not focused on the two being in love the entire time but rather the journey that it takes to get to that point. The entire plot of the story is indeed based upon another goal of Lou’s but I don’t want to spoil that, as it is both heartbreaking but intriguing.

Jojo Moyes presented a masterpiece of a story that knows exactly how to move an audience. By the end of the novel I was a complete mess of black mascara dripping down my face and did not know how to process what I had just read. The ending of the book is not very surprising, but rather one of those endings that was expected but that the audience did not want to happen. Overall, this wonderfully written piece of literature is greatly recommended and can move anyone, even if they are like me and opposed to reading teenage romance books.

Although I would greatly insist on reading the book first, Me Before You was also turned into a movie. I watched this movie after finishing the book and to nobody’s surprise I was a complete mess. The motion picture did tend to leave out details that truly captured the tone that Moyes was portraying within the book, however, seeing the characters come to life is always an enjoyable experience.