Study Guide

Me Before You Family

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Everything that is sensible, or smart, Katrina did first, despite being eighteen months younger than me. (2.2)

If you can't tell, Lou has some serious sister issues. Happens to the best of us, right? Although Lou is older, she's always felt like she's stuck in Treena's shadow, which results in a lovely cocktail of insecurity and resentment.

The significance of my sister's words sank in slowly but inexorably. I felt the way a Mafia victim must feel, watching the concrete setting slowly around his ankles (3.166)

Ironically, it's Lou who's given the unenviable job of supporting the Clarks when times get bad, despite her sister being the apple of her parents' eyes. That's a tough pill to swallow. What's more, it adds to Lou's sense that she'll never be able to escape her insular family and explore life on her own.

Their dependence on my income [...] meant that I also received a little more respect within the house. (5.5)

The one bright side to becoming the Clark family breadwinner is that Lou gets a little more love from her parents—though, as she admits, she's still not respected as much as she might like. Baby steps.

She was so held in, so restrained. She made my own mother look like Ozzy Osbourne. (5.16)

The Traynor family is completely different from the Clark family, and nowhere is this more apparent than when we encounter the tightly wound Camilla Traynor. There's nobody like that in Lou's family.

More my son, I found myself thinking. You were never really there for him. Not emotionally. You were just the absence he was always striving to impress. (8.38)

The Traynors might have oodles of money, but that doesn't mean that everything is hunky-dory with them. As we can see here, Camilla resents her husband Steven for being absent in his children's lives—most likely because the dude is having affairs like a fiend. Frankly, we'd probably rather live in the Clark household.

There were many ways in which I disliked my sister. [...] But every now and then I was very glad indeed that she was my sister. (9.157)

Lou might resent Treena in many ways—and justifiably so, at times—but the two have a strong bond. They might fight over stolen belongings and beef like rival rappers, but they always have each other's backs when they need it. That's what being sisters is all about.

"Will needs to be allowed to feel like a man. That is not going to be possible if his mother—or his sister, for that matter—is always on hand." (10.47)

Although Steven Traynor might not be a great father (or husband, for that matter), he's sort of right in this instance. There's nothing wrong with Mrs. Traynor's desire to pay close attention to Will, but it's important to let him feel some sense of independence, especially because that independence has been so abruptly stolen from him.

She was rigid with anxiety. I felt a sudden wave of sympathy for her. It couldn't be easy being my mother. (13.87)

Lou complains about her parents almost as much as she complains about Treena (which is a lot), but there's a lot of love there. Lou's birthday dinner is a great example of this close, albeit contentious, bond.

I could see suddenly how desperately tired she looked. I think she had aged ten years in the time that I had been with them. (22.35)

It's easy to criticize Camilla Traynor for being overbearing, but no one can deny her selfless dedication and love for Will. No one else does as much for him as she does—and we're including Lou in that. That has to be worth something.

But Mum broke the silence. "If you go, Louisa, you needn't come back." (26.25)

Lou's decision to join Will at Dignitas is met with a harsh response. Although it must be a bummer to hear this from your mom, it's also an important step for Lou as a person. She's spreading her wings and doing something for herself rather than her family for the first time.

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