Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You - Jojo MoyesPublisher: Viking (December 31st 2012)
Hardcover: 369 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Review:

I had been debating read this book for a while, but than book club 2.0 decided we should read this, than go watch the movie, so why the heck not, right! And I’m definitely glad that I read this book. I didn’t bawl my eyes out, but damn does it know to pull the heartstrings.

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This was both a interesting and a frustrating read for me. By far the dynamic between Lou (a 20-something drifter through life) and Will (a wheelchair-bound ex-adventurer) is the highlight of the story. I like that they both push each other into new territories, both physically and mentally. That it’s not just Lou being there to help Will, but at points it’s blatantly obvious that it’s Will that’s helping Lou. That being said, Lou sometimes frustrated me, as she seemingly gets to take the “easy route” through life in the end anyway. I did like them both though, with Lou’s (mostly) unwavering happiness and Will’s unrelenting sarcasm, they make an interesting duo.

Though mainly from Lou’s point of view, the story is told from a few different perspective, which provided a little more depth to the narrative. It was interesting to see the different family relationships between the Traynors and the Clarks.

Overall, it’s a great story of an engaging friendship and endearing blooming romance but also of heartbreaking struggles and the significance of having choice. The story is captivating and gets at those topics people don’t always want to talk about.

Now movie, please!

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11 Comment

  1. I adored their story, had a good cry and look forward to the movie. I am glad your book club decided to read it!

    1. Agree! I’m glad, too. So excited for the movie now, soon!

  2. I love this book so much! And, as much as it made me cry, I plan to reread it soon. Probably many times. I’m ready for the movie as well. Great review!

    1. Yay, glad you enjoyed this book too! Yes, movie now, please! Thanks!

  3. This book looks so darn cute, I REALLY want to read it!! Especially before the movie comes out. Hmmm it’s kind of annoying when the mc takes the easy way, but the characters and romance sound wonderful overall. Great review!

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury says: Reply

    Ahhh I WANT TO READ THIS. Mostly because the movie stars such awesome actors. XD But I have heard some mixed things about the ending that makes me worried, aaaand I’m not much of an adult book reader BUT STILL. I KIND OF HAVE TO! After all these raving reviews!

  5. Oh lord. This was one of those where I cried continually for the last 50 pages or so! I do agree that Lou was a little frustrating, but I loved how Will brought her out and made her realize more of her potential. On to the movie, indeed! 🙂

  6. Love this story and how their friendship evolved. Yes, must see movie!

  7. I swear, the trailer for that movie makes me cry every time I watch it. I loved the book. The ending was crazy sad! Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Awh crap, I do want to read this, but I already know about the ending and nope, but I do like how it’s him helping her. I really want to go see the film, too, but I still haven’t seen The Fault in Our Stars because I cried my eyes out with the book, and was like, how would I be WATCHING it? So same with this. I’m a sap.

  9. Since the movie trailer came out, I’ve been seeing this book everywhere! I’m really looking forward to reading it, so thanks for the review! It sounds amazing.

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