“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common–a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? “
Okay so here’s a situation : you see a book, grimace a little at its tacky cover, declare it as a typical mindless out-of-the-world chick lit but pick it up anyways because you are in mood for trashy novels. Emphasis on the word trashy here. Fast forward a few hours. You are sitting at the metro station, missing train after train and knowing full well about a certain class that you are supposed to attend. But you don’t pay attention. Not even to the fact that you have just 5 minutes left to leave the station else you’ll be bound to pay a hefty fine. But these things are trivial for you. You are busy wiping tears from your eyes and can’t suppress a sigh every now and then. A kind faced lady with a green bag and a concerned look on her face comes over to you and asks about the tragedy you are facing. Hearing the word tragedy you gasp in horror and look at her with incredulity because you can’t imagine a situation any less tragic than this. This is one of those rarest of the rare moments of your life wherein your satisfaction knows no bounds. It’s like you have seen the sun after months of depressing rain. It’s like you have finally managed the top grade after repeatedly dismal results. Yes, it is one of those moments where, had you been in a movie, you would have whooped with joy and waltzed with strangers. Because it is after so many months that you’ve finally come across a book that has blown you over. A novel with so blatantly real characters that you wouldn’t be surprised to find one of them walking past you albeit with a different physicality. They have flaws. And even these flaws are extremely realistic that they sometimes remind you of real people in your life. It’s a love story with not a trace of corny romance where the two individuals move beyond drooling over the other’s hot body. Their relationship us what a healthy relationship should be. Where one helps the other grow. And all this without a trace of banality or boredom creeping in.
But you can’t say all this to the green bag lady. Instead you just smile and point at the book with the hope that one day she’ll realise. As you turn back to the novel you realise with a sudden bout of philosophical insight that this is the kind of fairy tale that can happen in real life. That you would prefer this over a knight in a shining armor.
P.S. The novel in the girl’s hand, dear reader, in case you hadn’t realized is Me Before You. And this girl could very well be you if you plan on reading it in future.