Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Published: December 31st, 2012

Length: 369 pages (paperback)

Genre: Romance

Source: Purchased at Barnes and Noble

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

(from Goodreads)

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Obviously, this is a pretty popular book. I have wanted to read it for awhile now. Then the movie came out, and I wanted to read it even more. Then, I fell in love with the song “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors and their music video that included movie scenes. So, I was forced to buy the book, which I did months ago. And it has been sitting on my bookshelf, staring at me. So, I finally picked it up.

I’ll be honest. When I first read about this book, I thought to myself, “This guy dies! Why would I want to read a book where the guy clearly dies. I’m just gonna be sad!” That may have been the reason I waited so long to read it. But all the hype and constantly hearing about it just made me HAVE to read it. And I’m so glad I did 🙂

WHAT I LIKED

Gave me all the feels. I always said to myself, if a book can make me cry, it’s a good book. And boy did I cry. I was crying like a baby last night. You can try to prepare yourself all you want for this book, like I thought I did, but the end will still hit you like a ton of bricks and make you feel things you didn’t think you would feel. It was heartbreaking. But I love that it affected me so much. That just means it is brilliantly written.

Lou and Will. I loved these two characters as individuals. I loved their relationship. They met under unconventional, extraordinary circumstances, and they probably never would have met otherwise. They are so different. Will is so adventurous, and Lou likes to just sit back and read a book, which is why Will gets frustrated; he can’t do the things he used to love to do, and Lou can but she won’t. I think they both end up teaching each other another way to live. And I absolutely love that.

The pace. It started out a little slow, but I ended up liking that. I liked how it took awhile for Lou and Will to actually like each other. They got so irritated with  one another at first, and then they grew on each other. I liked the buildup. I like how it just instantly hit me three-quarters of the way in. I was getting to know the characters, and then I realized how much I adored them.

The issues. Assisted suicide has definitely been debated. Personally, I don’t get why there is a debate. If people are suffering, and they are choosing to end their lives, who are we to judge? Can you say you wouldn’t think about doing the same thing if you were in their shoes? Hopefully, you’ll never have to make that decision. Anyway, I really liked how Moyes addressed it. I like how it was the center of the story in a way. There were different viewpoints presented by each character, but I really like no matter what side of the debate you are on, you, as a reader, really understand why Will is making the decision he feels he needs to make.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The supporting characters bugged me a little at times, but that didn’t take anything away from the book. We are not meant to like every character from every book we read. That would be weird. So, overall, there really wasn’t anything I didn’t like. It was amazing.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I don’t even know how to move on from this book. I cried and cried and cried, until I fell asleep. Then, I woke up sad. So, how am I supposed to just start reading another book? Oh the struggle…Thank you, Jojo Moyes for writing such an incredible book.

5 out of 5 Hearts!


(from Goodreads)

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  1. Wonderful review, Cheryl! This was the first book I read by Moyes and I truly loved it. (It’s been a couple years but I think I gave it at least 4 stars.) It wasn’t a typical love story by any means but I adored Lou and I loved getting to know Will bit by bit. His decision broke my heart but I understood that it was what he wanted. He was a grown man making a conscious decision about how he wanted to live, and end, his life. I read the follow up, After You, and it was very different but I really enjoyed it. Do you think you will read that one? I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one!
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    1. Thank you! And I am undecided about After You. Without Will, I don’t know if I would enjoy it. Then again, if I don’t, I’ll always wonder what happened to Lou. Decisions, decisions…lol

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