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.
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.
Seeing life as a blessing,