Mauritius with Me Before You

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“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life–or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window–is that it forces you to rethink your ideas of who you are.”–Louisa Clark, Me Before You

  • Here’s what happens:
    • I’m sure you’ve seen the lovely trailer by now, but I’ll still give you my scoop. Louisa Clark, an eclectic spirit living a sheltered life, takes a job helping to care for Will Traynor, an adventurous businessman who has recently suffered a debilitating injury, and they both set out to determinedly change–and maybe even save–each other’s lives. To me, it’s kind of The Fault in Our Stars meets Bridget Jones’ Diary–but even that feels like it leaves quite a bit uncaptured. After all, I read this wonderful book in less than 24 hours–while both packing and sneaking a few chapters at work.
  • It’s good because:
    • This is a charming and genuine story of two mismatched souls who clash and bicker their way into loving one another. Sure, the whole tale of two people falling in love after they spend the first half of the story fighting and disliking one another is not exactly new (Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) but there is definitely a reason this particular trope is so long-lasting and favored. Louisa is a rare, lively, and warm heroine, and Will is a complex and challenging match for her, and even though you can tell they’ll fall in love with the first exchange of snarky comments, there are still plenty of heart-wrenching and gut-busting plot twists to set this romance apart.
  • Read if:
    • You like a good love story, but you don’t need all the frills and cliches of the most epic romances. I’ve touched on this notion before, and while this story certainly has some rom-com aspects that I wouldn’t typically go for, it still has the unexpected quirkiness and dark truth that really makes a story seem authentic and meaningful.

Up next: Brazil with Eleven Minutes by Paolo Coelho!

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