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Welcome to Week 3 of the Online Book Club!

I hope you’re still following along with us this month as we read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This set of chapters was a little harder to get through than the first couple because we now understand Will’s intention for his life. Moyes hinted at the end of the last section through the conversation Lou overheard between Will’s mother and sister, but in this section we see that Will plans to commit suicide in a couple of months.

Lou is understandably upset by this news, but she ends up returning to her job with the idea that she can help Will find a will to live. She and Will start to leave the house, going to the horse races and a concert, and Lou sets Will up with some computer software that allows him to write his own letters.

In this section, Will also meets Lou’s family. The visit goes incredibly well, but it leaves Lou’s boyfriend feeling jealous and possessive.

I feel like the birthday dinner scene was a turning point in the story. It shows how Lou and Will are growing closer, and that maybe they have deeper feelings for each other than they originally let on. I think this is showcased by the fact that Lou’s boyfriend can pick up on the closeness and is jealous because of it.

Chapter 14 was a hard chapter to get through, in my opinion. This is the first chapter where we really understand that Will is still actively researching the right to die issue. We also hear about a soccer player who was injured during a game and after three years of living as a quadriplegic, decided to end his life. We’ll talk a little more about this topic next week, but I thought I should mention it here since it was such a big part of this middle section of the book. Are you surprised that Will still seems to want to go through with his plan?

I think it’s really cool that Lou is trying to help Will find new and exciting activities to do. I feel like he really enjoyed the concert, and I think the computer software really helps him to be more autonomous. But I feel like Lou is putting too much pressure on herself to be the person to help change Will’s mind. I just think that is a lot for one person to handle.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised that Will is going on adventures with Lou? Were you surprised that Patrick, the boyfriend, seems to be so jealous? Do you think Lou is putting too much pressure on herself?

I hope you’ll stick with the end of the book and come back next week. Let me know what you think!

4 Responses to “Me Before You: Week 3”

  1. Carrol

    Will’s decision to end his life seems pretty final. I can’t imagine how hard it was for him to make this decision. Obviously, his physical suffering is a big part of his decision. He doesn’t want to live like this because to him it really isn’t living. I wonder if he is thinking about his caregivers and the fact that he doesn’t want to be a burden to them. I am convinced that he is considering a lot of things with this decision.

    Lou’s determination to get Will out of the house makes me happy and nervous. I am happy when they decide to do things that turn out well like the birthday dinner. I am nervous when they go places where his chair becomes such a big issue. Lou is trying so hard. I find myself really hoping that what she is doing will make a difference in Will’s life.

    Getting the computer software was a great idea. Will seems to find a sense of independence that he hasn’t had in a long time.

    Again, I am really surprised that I am liking this book so much. There are so many things to think about as I am reading through the chapters.

    • Erin K.

      I thought the computer program was a really cool thing since it allowed Will to be independent in one area of life. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to never have any sort of privacy! I think the computer program would help him feel a little more normal.

      I agree that Lou is trying so hard! It kind of broke my heart watching her because it kind of felt like she had the burden of his happiness completely on her shoulders. I think that would be really hard.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the book! I’m glad that you were able to find something different to read through this book club! Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to read more of Jojo Moyes’s books. She has some others that are really interesting!

      I hope to see you again next week!

  2. Jane Engle

    Thinking about the vast number of changes that have taken place in Will’s abilities to do things that he once considered ordinary, I am not surprised by his continuing desire to end what he no longer regards as “his life.”

    Once Will and Lou began to understand what each of them could do for the other without compromising their own wants and needs, a trust started to form where they could do things that were a little outside their individual personal comfort zones.

    Prior to the birthday dinner, Patrick could accept Lou’s relationship with Will as “just a job.” Being confronted with seeing the intimacy that was taking place between her and another man made him think in an entirely new way, resulting in his feelings of jealousy.

    The pressure that Lou is placing upon herself to help Will stems from her own personal needs. She will have to learn self-acceptance or continue to be what she considers to be “a failure.”

    Having noted this book when it was first published, I wondered how it would compare to Erich Segal’s Love Story (1970). Fortunately, I am glad to learn that it is more complex and I am enjoying reading it.

    • Erin K.

      Jane, I’ve never watched Love Story, but when I looked it up, I did think that it sounded similar to this book. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book more than the movie.

      I really enjoyed the dinner scene, just because I liked seeing how Will and Lou were getting closer–even without really realizing it. I can understand why Patrick would be jealous. I think it would be really hard to see a loved one share such intimate moments with another person.

      Thanks for commenting again! I’m glad you’re liking the book. Let me know if you watch the movie. I’d be interested to hear if you liked it or not!

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