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!