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Me Before You

Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even before I opened this book I knew it would leave me all sappy and tear-soaked. But, nothing had prepared me for the whirlwind of emotions and feelings it made me go through. The tissues weren’t enough and I had to pause reading at times to be able to breathe, realizing that had been holding my breath, so captivated and entranced I was with the world it created that my own ceased to exist.

This is not just a romance novel dealing with the issues of a disabled quadriplegic man and an average woman. There are plenty of the kind to even be bothered about the issue anymore.
This book is about Life and what it means to actually be living it, inspiring someone even when your own Life is a mess and above all not binding that someone you love in your constraints and making them be there for you but instead create a path for them where they can pursue their own dreams.

Surprisingly, this book is not about yourself or you at all. This book is all about seeing the happiness come alive on the face of one that you love and acknowledging that you have lived the purpose of your Life.
To learn that love isn’t about you, love is all about giving that one special person in your Life the respect they deserve, pushing them out of their comfort zones to reach what they are capable of knowing all the while that you may not even be there to see them get a hold of their dreams.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” ~ Will

I don’t know whether there are actually guys like Will in real Life but it’s heartening to find one even if it’s in a book.

He is rare and his vulnerability and uniqueness makes you believe there actually could be guys like him who are worth it.
Will misses that Life that he had and isn’t ready to settle for anything less. I admire him for some reasons even when I don’t agree with him on the decisions that he makes.
But, even in disagreeing with him I couldn’t even for one moment find myself willing enough to imagine stepping into his shoes.
That’s the only reason I could acknowledge that he had the right to decide for himself and his choices weren’t for anyone else to make. I wish there could have been something for him to want to linger on. But, sometimes even love isn’t enough and you just have to let go, not because it is for the best but because that is the only choice you have.

“Hey Clark’, he said. “Tell me something good”. I stared out of the window at the bright-blue Swiss sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other. ~ Lou

Lou is an average girl for the rest of the world but Will finds in her what nobody does. For the six months he had her in his Life, she becomes from someone he loathes to someone that makes him want to get up in the morning. She sees him, not as a man in the wheelchair but for what he is and what she gets to be when he is with her.

The combination of two people who had what the other lacked. Will with his indeterminate zest for living life to his fullest but bound by the limitations of his body and Lou who had confined herself in a shell and doesn’t want to look beyond the range she finds comforting.
I loved what Will does for her. He shows her the dreams she could have and gave her wings to fly.
Lou in turn makes him happy and sees himself as the man that he is with all his stubbornness and singularity.

This book is the reason why I love reading. The very soul of it to be able to experience and feel what you otherwise wouldn’t do.

I am extremely sad at the moment and probably will be for days wanting to be able to do something, the helplessness turning to rage, anxiety and madness within seconds, the emotions hard to contain.
But, I know that this will be one of my special books. One to be placed with those I cherish because it’s a book has made me learn and feel and believe and I am glad to have read it.

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