Book Review: Me Before You

I stumbled upon this book one evening while peaking at photos in Instagram.  One photo captured my attention – teary-eyed Lovi Poe holding a book by Jojo Moyes.  I was intrigued with the photo and with the caption that the actress finished reading the novel despite her busy schedule.  It must have been a really nice novel!  So, I gave it a try.

Photo grabbed from Lovi Poe's instagram post

Photo grabbed from Lovi Poe’s instagram post

As a self-confessed bookworm, I immediately took a plunge and didn’t even bother to read the synopsis or any blurb written about the novel.

At the start, I thought that it is just a typical rich-man-meets-poor-girl story.  It was a bit boring at some point.  Too boring that it took me more than two weeks to finish reading it.  Or, blame my #AuthorProject!  (Yes, I’m publishing my own book soon!  More stories about it on my upcoming blogs!).  🙂

Eventually, I find reading the novel enjoyable that I often have extended comfort room usage to read a few pages of the book.  (Ssssshhhh!  Don’t tell my toddler!)

The characters of Will Traynor, Lou Clark, Treena, and Mrs. Traynor are unforgettable!  Each of them has a story to tell.

I didn’t cry a bucket of tears after reading the novel.  But it gave me a new learning.   I guess more than the emotions, my key take-away in reading books is the additional knowledge that I gain.

In the novel “Me Before You,” I learned about the “Dignitas” – an advocacy group based in Switzerland with a mission to “Live in Dignity, Die in Dignity.”  “Dignitas” is know for being an assisted-suicide facility when I researched online.  But as I dig for information online, they have also done various ways on counseling members and on preventing suicide attempts.

I guess it’s not the love story that made the novel heartbreaking, it’s the story (#hugot) that inspired the novel.  It’s so sad that while we stress over trivial things, a small population is contemplating on whether to go to Dignitas or not.  It’s just so heartbreaking.

But, I guess life is a matter of perspective.  It’s a blessing if you wish to see it as a blessing, and it is a curse if you feel trapped in it.

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Seeing life as a blessing,
Mumay