Warning: do not judge this book by its cover – you'd be mistaken to assume Me Before You is as banal and unsubstantial as the cover suggests. On one level, this is one of the most original and heart-wrenching love stories you'll ever read. It hooks you in from the very first page, and keeps you utterly engrossed until the final word. Yet, this novel has a deeper dimension. Woven into the love story is a thought-provoking social commentary on the controversial and deeply personal issue of euthanasia. At the heart of this story lies the moral question of whether a person should be able to choose to end his/her own life. As the story progresses, you’ll find yourself wondering ‘does anyone have the right to decide whether a life is worth living?’
The main characters, Will and Lou, are colourful and endearing – and so well-developed by the author that I actually found myself slowing down my reading pace in the last few chapters, as I didn't want the connection to end. In fact, I began my re-read before I'd even dried my tears (and there were many tears!).
We recently saw the movie, which was just as beautiful – and I would sit through it again in a heartbeat. It was true to the book, and the characters were cast perfectly.