'Me Before You' shows loves to be a powerful force

Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Will Traynor lived a full life. He jumped out of airplanes, skid down mountains and sat at cafes in Paris to watch passersby. He was a sportsman, a traveler, a boyfriend and businessman. Every day was an adventure. One rainy morning, he steps into the street to hail a cab and something hurtles toward him.

"There is an explosion as everything fragments. And then there is nothing."

Louisa works in a local cafe called the Buttered Bun. She chats with regulars and watches their daily lives as she serves them. She is perfectly content. Then the Buttered Bun closes, and she needs to find work right away because her income helps support her family.

Louisa goes through a few temp jobs. She works at a fast-food chain briefly and is offered a position as a pole dancer, but the worst was working at a chicken processing factory. Finally, she goes on one last interview hoping for the best and ends up landing the job as Will Traynor's caregiver.

When Louisa meets Will he is a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair. He has to be bathed, fed and medicated by others. He is detached and miserable with his extremely confined, small life.

With time, Louisa's eccentric colorful personality brings out aspects of Will that he never thought he'd feel again. He begins to like, and then just possibly, love again.

"Me Before You," by Jojo Moyes, explores the lives of two people who are unexpectedly thrown together and change each other irrevocably.

Will helps Louisa discover her inner passion for life. Louisa helps Will to try to experience some joy within the limited means he can.

"Me before You" explores the idea of choice within the boundaries of love. Is it right to live our lives for someone else? Is it fair to expect someone to live their life for us?

Can love sometimes mean letting someone go?

In a humorous and heart warming novel, "Me Before You" shows us the power of letting those we love make their own choices.

Loving someone, truly and completely, means letting others be free to live their life as they choose, however that may be, no matter how much it hurts.



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