When a book makes you laugh and cry, you like it, right? You feel the book, the subject. You are invested in the characters. What if it makes you do that while its characters contemplate the right to die? If the characters you love consider decisions that cross your moral line, do you still love the book? Can you recommend it? Say you loved it? Do you still like the author who created these characters?
Here’s my dilemma: I did like the book, a lot. I loved Will Traynor and Lou Clark. I loved what she did for him, how he softened. I loved his personality and how he finally opened up to her. I loved Lou Clark, how she grew into her role, how she is transformed from an aimless, silly young woman into something extraordinary. I loved what Will Traynor did for her. He pushed her to experience, to live a life outside her stifling town. It was a perfect coming-together and I saw all the possibilities the lay ahead.
I know this a book that is designed to make you think. In a Goodreads interview, Jojo Moyes says two things that make me feel less betrayed:
Although some people would have preferred a different ending, I think it was the right ending in terms of being true to the characters.
Ultimately it’s a book that says just live. That’s what I hope it says. If you’re lucky enough to have a life, live in a way that you won’t have any regrets.
So in the end I do recommend Me Before You. It’s actually a very funny book. The characters are great. I still feel hurt by the ending but the potential for discussion is great.
What did you think?
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