HO-LY HECK. I have just finished our first book club pick (a week late, which I owe you apologies for. My travel and visitor schedule interrupted my reading plans, but I think it might be even better that I’m able to write this review with my cheeks still tear-stained from its reading).
Me Before You surprised me. I had read a review that inspired me to buy it, but Vanessa and I picked it on something of a whim for our book club. And when I picked it up to actually read it, the liner notes terrified me. I wasn’t sure I was up for a book about a quadriplegic who is contemplating suicide and the ordinary young woman who enters his life as his caretaker.
So it took me a while to actually read past the first few pages. But it’s a book that will sit with me for a while. The characters, Will and Louisa, are drawn so vividly and so realistically, I’m still reminding myself that they are not, in fact, real. Once I got into it and had the time to read this book, I could hardly put it down.
If you haven’t yet read it, I do not in any way want to deter you from reading it by telling too much. In fact, I think you might want to get to reading it right now! I so want to talk about this book and hear what you thought of it.
I really loved it. It’s so thought-provoking and affecting when you least expect it. It made me think so much about life and how it is to be lived.
If you’ve read it, pleeeeeeassse tell me what you thought of it*. Let’s get a conversation started. . . .
And, in case we need somewhere to start, I loved this question in the back of my copy of this book (the paperback version):
Before his accident, Will was a philanderer and a corporate raider who would probably never have given Louisa a second look. Why is it that people are so often to see what’s truly important until they’ve experienced loss? –Do you think this is true?
Tell me what you’re thinking. . . . I can hardly wait!
*If you comment, you’ll not only contribute to fascinating conversation, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice or to win a copy of our next book club pick! Com’mon, you know you want to!!