M E B E F O R E Y O U
My Rating : 5/5
My Review :
This book has been on my “to read” shelf for a while. It’s one of those books I really wanted to read, I just needed to pluck up the courage and commit to the emotional roller-coaster it would take me on. I really wanted to read it before I watched the movie so not seen the movie yet. I finished the book last night with a couple of tears rolling down my cheeks but I can honestly say it was not quite what I was I expecting.
I would not consider myself to be a romantic person. I do read romance but usually when I am feeling lazy and need an easy read. This story however has to be one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read on what is probably one of the most tabooed backdrops in modern society.
There is very little where I can actually find fault. This may be due to my lack of familiarity with caring or quadriplegics. I am sure that someone who is in that situation or has had experience may find far more things to find fault with.
The two principle characters Lou and Will are the focus of the story. Lou is an unassuming person who has accepted her life, though deep down she is not happy with it. Will, is a young man who up until he had a terrible accident that left him as a quadriplegic, lived his life to the full and loved every minute of it. The two of them find themselves thrown together, when Lou accepts a job as Will’s carer. Over the course of six months both of their lives improve due to the fact the other is in it. It is very hard not to like either of these characters, even when they are being unlikable.
Now I have read a few peoples reviews of this book and while the majority of them are positive, there is the odd one that views it in a negative light. One of the reviews I read stated that it felt the author’s ultimate message of the book was that a disabled persons life is not worth anything. I am going to disagree strongly with that statement as I did not feel that at all. In fact I got the overall impression that the author was trying to highlight how precious life is but ultimately how everyone chooses to live that life is up to them.
Overall, even though I did shed a couple of tears, I felt as though it was quite an uplifting story. As a mentioned earlier, I felt it was about living not about death. About the importance of living a life that you want to live and taking whatever opportunities come your way. I am not going to pretend that I am completely happy with the way the story ended. If I could of changed it, I would have. I do feel though that as able bodied humans their are certain things we choose not to think about and this story brought those things out of the shadows of our mind, right into the light. Some people might not feel comfortable confronting these issues that we might be seen as prejudice, however it is a subject that should be thought and talked about more openly. I am sorry to sound so cryptic but I am trying not to give away a huge spoiler.
I enjoyed this book so much that after finishing it last night, I brought the sequel “After You” today. I am not going to read it straight away. I need time to recover, my heart is not completely made of stone.