Book Talk: Me Before You and Life Realizations

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Out of all the books you've read, there are certain ones that will make you want to read it over and over again. Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, and David Levithan's Everyday are two of my personal favorites. Recently, Jojo Moyes' Me Before You has been added to the list. 

I bought my copy when I visited Davao City with my mom last year. Fully Booked was on sale, so I went a little "book crazy." Honestly, I was torn between getting myself a copy of Little Women or this book. Since my mom was a bit impatient already, I made up my mind and bought Me Before You instead. And I didn't regret a single dime I spent on it.

The book has a few lines that struck me. These are some of it:

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.


That was probably Will Traynor's motto in life before the accident happened. Will was a successful guy. He went on countless adventures, traveled the world, met so many different people – he did things that many of us has dreamed of doing. He had the world in his hands. 

He was also the kind of guy that never settled. He always knew that there was so much more than where he currently is or what he currently has. So imagine the level of depression he went through when he knew that he can never satisfy that thirst of adventure again.

Though it's good to have this mind set, I think people should also balance it with the fact that to be truly happy, one must learn to be satisfied with the life that he/she has. 

Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.

I always believe that people are greater than their mistakes, and that what they do from then on is what matters. 

I told him I loved him,” she said, her voice dropping to a whisper.
“And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak . “How am I supposed to live with that?

To be honest, I was having second thoughts about adding that line in this post. It's probably because it reminds me so much of some things that happened in my past. You see, sometimes love isn't enough to make or keep the relationship. I don't exactly know why but there are complicated things that's best to leave it as it is. 

Me Before You was simply written. The plot was uncomplicated. Jojo Moyes wrote the characters in a way that people can easily relate to. The story drew me in so much that at the end of it, I shed tears. 

This isn't an exaggeration, guys. I really did cry ugly tears when I read the "climax chapters" that lead to the heart-wrenching end of the book. It left me angry, confused, and hurt all at the same time. Honestly, it took me a whole week to recover. I tried to put myself in the shoes of every character and viewed the situation through their eyes. It actually helped me move on. 

Though a part of me can't help but wonder what would happen if the book didn't end that way, a part of me still thinks that it's probably best to let Will decide what he wants to do. It was his life after all. 

Anyway, I definitely recommend this book to everyone. I can't let you guys feel the way I did when I read this. This is a book that you need to experience. But if you've read this already, how was it? How did it affect you? 

Let me know what you think about it! 

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