What better book to talk about on Valentine's Day than a love story that brought me to tears? Because, really, all great love stories result in me sobbing. It's true.
Me Before You introduces us to a the Lou, a daughter, sister, girlfriend, and waitress at a cafe with a rather predictable, monotonous life. She's not entirely satisfied with how she is living, but she enjoys her job and loves her crazy family very much. Her boyfriend isn't that bad either and she knows she has it better than a lot of people. A strange manner of thinking, no?
When Lou finds herself unemployed after the sale of her beloved cafe, she mopes around for awhile, eventually finding employment at the wealthy home of Will Traynor, an active man left a quadriplegic after a terrible accident. Will is depressed, angry, confrontational, and completely obnoxious. Lou is his new companion -- totally out of her comfort zone and terrified of her new charge. She has no idea what she's doing and Will is definitely not any help.
What starts off as incredibly rocky relationship morphs into the quirkiest of love stories. Will and Lou create a strange, but completely plausible sort of love/hate relationship while the reader gets to witness the miracles of love, friendship, companionship, and loyalty play out on the pages. Lou has this brightness to her that brings a light to Will's world, though whether or not it's enough light to fully open his eyes to his new life ends up being the ultimate question.
I'm not a fan of love stories in general, but this is definitely not the average romance novel. In fact, it was recommended to me by the wonderful Jenn, who is a self-proclaimed hater of romance novels. If you're skeptical, pick it up anyways and let me know what you think!