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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 13

Day 13 – A Book That Made You Sad

I love a sad book, especially the kind that has you sobbing uncontrollably while you read through your tears. I’ve read a few good ones like that.

If I had to just choose one, I would choose Me Before You by Jojo Moyes for the book that made me sad.

Louise Clark is an ordinary girl, and has so far lived quite an ordinary life, with her steady boyfriend, close family and never venturing out of the small town she lives in. Everything is normal until she loses her job and finds a new job as a carer for Will Traynor. Will, wheelchair bound after a car accident, is used to living a fast paced life. He’s used to action and thrills and adventure. He’s used to doing whatever he wants to do when he wants to do it. He lived a big life and now he knows that life isn’t possible anymore.

Lou refuses to treat Will like broken glass, refusing to back down from his mean quips and less than pleasant attitude towards everything. She learns of what Will intends to do and sets out to put his happiness before everything and show him that life is worth living despite the cards he has been dealt.

What this story does is bring together two people who couldn’t be more different and I love that. Lou comes from a humble family who appreciate what they’ve got whereas the Traynors live and breathe money, with their expensive clothes and fancy house. Lou cares for life and people and Will is arrogant and thinks mostly of himself. The two together is a wake up call, but it is fun to see the two clash so vibrantly.

This book also ended quite perfectly (if not devastatingly sad) because you think that it’s going to give you the heartwarming ending. But it doesn’t, because ultimately the choice of what happens lies with Will. Love does not always save us, and sometimes we are forced to make the decision of letting those we love happy at the cost of our own heart.

Me Before You is a deeply moving book full of life and love and choices. The characters are fun and witty, complex and so completely and utterly human. It is such a beauty of human emotion. It is a refreshing change to these kind of stories, because it shows that it is okay not to be okay with what had happened to you, that no one can make you live a half life, never completely yourself again.

There were 3 books in this series I believe and I tried to read the second one but it just wasn’t the same so I stopped trying. It’s okay if you just read the first one and not the rest. There is no cliffhanger, gone is gone.

I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?

But I had promised.

They also made it into a film which I really enjoyed. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were perfect. It was beautiful.

Honourable mentions;

  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Until tomorrow.


"We live and breathe words." I'm Louise and this is my place for all things bookish. Here is a place for reviews and recommendations and discussion. Send me any book recommendations for reviews.

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