It’s okay Moyes, I didn’t really have a need for my heart. Of course you can destroy my emotional stability. I don’t mind.
Louisa Clark takes the six-month contract as a career for a quadriplegic because her family needs the money coming in. Things don’t start well between her and Will Traynor. She screws up, he’s critical, they snipe at each other. But somewhere in the middle, they begin to enjoy the verbal battles and they move to witty banter and then something more… sweet.
The reason this story is brutal (SPOILER) is because of Will’s decision to go to Switzerland on a specific date and he won’t cancel. So watching these two fall in love and knowing that it’s going to end is the knife in our hearts.
Very well written from Louisa’s point of view for most of it. Though having the other points of view from Will’s parent’s, Nathan (the medical career), and Will himself (from before the accident that altered his life completely), it was annoying having them in first person. If only Moyes had done them as third person, because as I was consuming this story, jumping from Louisa’s regular first person to her sister’s for a chapter was hard to keep straight in my mind.
Many big moral questions are asked. Is suicide alright? Should you help someone you love end their suffering if it’s their decision? Do we have the right to decide when things should end for us? And how far can you sacrifice for family?
It’s up to us all to decide what is morally right.
I remember when the film was released in Australia, there was a protest (not sure how big it was or if they got their message out there) from some people. From memory, they didn’t like the fact that a person with a disability was choosing to commit suicide. Looking at the story and the characters, I can understand the choice of Will, and I can understand that many people in the world need to see this and not feel alone in the situation (be them suicidal, a loved one, professional health carers, or completely on the outside). Life isn’t all roses and it’s up to those involved in the situation to decide what path their lives should take. And for that reason we shouldn’t shun the representation of different points of view in the arts. But it should always be balanced.
Which Me Before You is, in my belief, balanced.
A very well written piece. It’s a slow burner, we take forever for the two to start to trust each other and reveal their secrets. Louisa has a big one, which needs to be discussed; she was assaulted, but instead of reporting it and being supported by her family she remains silent and changes her personality because of the judgement her sister shoves into her head (it happened because you were drunk, easy, dressed like a tart)… grrr. Will banishes those ideas (in no way was she to blame, it wasn’t her fault!).
I can keep going, there are so many conversations this book starts, but I’ll end it here for the moment. Read the book.