Steps to read this book.
Step 1. Grab a box of Kleenex.
Step 2. Prepare yourself for lots of crying. LOTS. OF. CRYING.
Me Before You is an emotionally written, moving story about a man, Will Traynor, who once had everything in life but this freedom was taken away from him after he suffers an accident. Wheelchair bound and essentially given up on most things in life, he is in need of a caretaker. Enter Lou Clark, a homely, mild-mannered girl who still lives at home with her family. Initially, Will is mean, spiteful, and insistent that Lou will be like all of the other caregivers - quitting after a week or two, but Lou is persistent. She tries to get Will out of his mother's house and in the real world to appreciate things that he once did. Persistent in his handicap, Will declines these offers but Lou continues. Will gradually lightens up and Lou begins to fall in love. The story is moving along nicely until Lou overhears a conversation that Will has on the phone and begins to wonder what else is going. What other plans has Will set for himself that could ruin this love she has formed for him? Lou begins to get Will to go to different places and show him that life is beautiful and worth living, leading up to a heart-wrenching trip they take together where all the details come clear of Will's secret motives.
This book is a perfect as a book can be but do not read this if you don't want to cry. Seriously. There is a reason this book is always listed in the top 10 saddest books ever written. I won't give away the ending here but brace yourself. However, if you do brave this book know that you are in for a treat - a well-written love story that truly stays with you for years to come.
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