This novel is a very frank, surprisingly ordinary look at life from within the most irregular perspective of physical handicap. I appreciate the surprising paradox and also the characters that create it in Me Before You, who are authentic, lovable, and nearly always true to themselves (or at least the "themselves" I came to know).
Lou, the main character, is perhaps as crippled by her life as Will is crippled by his, which lead to an interesting results for this reader. An existential break from reading brought both me, and I think to some extent Will, to the thought that some people are happy in their comfort and their small worlds, and that's okay too. Though Lou eventually cracks out of hers, it nonetheless got me thinking about different lifestyles and appreciating the inherent "rightness" of every individual's choices, even if it wouldn't necessarily be mine. This is a reoccurring theme throughout.
Overall, the book wasn't a challenging read and the diction was not particularly awe-inspiring, but the story was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, which made for a really good vacation read. Would recommend, if only for some catharsis and to prep for the upcoming movie.
"I watched relationships begin and end across those tables, children transferred between ex-spouses, the guilty relief of those parents who couldn't face cooking, and the secret pleasure of pensioners at a fried breakfast. All human life came through..."
unscrupulous // subversive // facile // untenable
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: April 2016