BOOK REVIEW: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

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Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-14-312454-2

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult

Started: October 31, 2016

Ended: November 11, 2016

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never 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 loved 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.

Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks. What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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It will leave you with a broken heart.

“Funnny, surprising, and heartbreaking…a thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love.” –PEOPLE

I would totally agree.

It’s really a one of a kind of story. It’s different from TFIOS or other stories about a lover dying. The most common illness that is being constantly featured in books is cancer. In this book, it’s different. It’s being quadriplegia, which is new, for me though.

I’ve read the book after watching the movie for 5 times. So I already know how things would end but still I really want to learn more about the book. I want to know more about the book. I want to know how different the movie is from the book.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

*contains spoilers*

And OH MY GOSH! There are loads and loads of difference. But the one that really bothered me is the fact that Will has a sister, Georgina Traynor. (Beware, I’m a nitpicker.) I hate the fact that they had to remove a person from the story. It was fine that they had scenes removed because they didn’t really matter in the story (but I still found those removed scenes from the movie, important). But nonetheless, I’m fine with it. The movie is there already, I can’t do anything anymore. Besides, Jojo Moyes wrote the screen play anyway, for sure she had reasons for doing those.

Back to the book, I really enjoyed reading the book. It’s wonderfully written. Jojo Moyes’ writing still is my cup of tea for sure. I want to read more of her amazing books. But first I need to read the sequel of Me Before You though.

I fell in love with the premise of the book. I heard a lot of good things about this book over at Bookstagram and BookTube. It got me so intrigued to read the book, but unfortunately—like I said earlier—I saw the movie first before I got the chance to read the book.

The characters in the book are fun and really amazing, especially the two main characters. I really love Louisa Clark. Her character is really relatable. Reading and watching the telly are the things that I do most of the time, just like Lou. Her way of bringing herself is the typical way a girl like her would act around people that are well-off. Will, on the other hand, is the typical well-off guy. But his is really a charming guy and his words are so quotable.

I really love Will and Louisa together. I wish they had the chance to be together. I wish they had the chance to share a life together. I wish Will never pushed through with his plans. I wanted to see their lives together. How things would turn out if they ended up together; if they were together in Paris. It would have been amazing. But I am still okay with how the story ended.

This is not a typical love story. I really like the fact that this story is not predictable (in my opinion though). Although, I have watched the movie and probably knew the ending of it. If I had the chance to read the book before watching the movie, I would have but it was too late. I wish I was able to find a bargain book before the movie was even released! But all the shops that were selling the book were all out of stock. So I didn’t have a choice. I would say there was no love story at all. The six months contact of Lou was a way for their love story to start. It was like the stage of getting to know each other without the use ofvromantic clichés. But I still love it.

There are some characters that are really helpful in the building of the plot (if that makes sense at all). Treena Clark was a character that I admire, aside from Lou. She’s the character that I can relate to (minus the teenage pregnancy though.) Her perseverance to study and to finish a degree, despite the obstacles she and her family were facing. Then we have Nathan, he might not have much impact to the whole story but he does help build the non-existent love life of Lou and Will. I really like Nathan because he has this welcoming personality and that he is so kind to Louisa.

Then of course, there are characters that annoyed the hell out of me. First one is Patrick. I know I should not include him because I had to understand what he went through and all, but I don’t like the way he speaks about Lou. It seems that he thinks little of her that all Lou could ever do is to follow what he wants Lou to do. Then the time came that Louisa was doing her best to help someone, which also means that she ws now putting herself first, he then scolded Lou. I hate it. At least try to understand. But I still don’t blame him. It’s hard for someone to know that their long-term partner is going to a, so what, honeymoon with two other guys. I would be paranoid if that kind of thing happens to me.

Then another annoying character in the book is Josie, Lou’s mother. In most parts of the book, she was okay. She’s the typical supportive mother. But then towards the end, that part when Lou was requested by Will to go to Switzerland and be with him before he departs, that was the time I didn’t like her. I thought she was supportive. I thought she was happy for Lou. But I don’t blame her; she has seen Lou suffer for days after arriving home from the trip. She witnessed how down Lou was and how broke she was after knowing that Will will still push through with his plans. But at least she would let her daughter see the guy before he departs. Besides, Lou’s never going to see him ever again. At least give Lou that little happiness she deserves.

So, I think I should end my freaking long review here. It seems I’m giving away too much of the book. Or I just have so much to say about it. Oh well, I hope you enjoyed reading. And I hope you didn’t get spoiled!

Thank you and have a great day!

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