Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

March 20, 2016 Book 11

Review: Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Published by Penguin Books on December 21st, 2012 (Original Publisher)
Source: Borrowed from Library
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The beloved New York Times bestseller—with more than five million copies sold—by the author of One Plus One and The Girl You Left Behind

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

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.

A Love Story for this generation, 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?

This book left me a wreck. I finished it at almost 1am, and this morning when I told my mom that I cried with it, I started crying. Again. I AM NOT A BOOK CRIER (usually)!

I loved Lou’s character and completely related to many of her fears and things that annoyed her. I completely understood her family situation as I’m similar situations when it comes to your family, pregnant sister, and the economical situation in a household, even if in different ways. She was so relatable and down to earth, not completely ambitious or exotic, just a simple woman in a simple town. Her character began to change in subtle ways with Will, and in the end you are happy for her development, albeit one of the main motives was a heartbreaking one.

Will Traynor was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed his character to no end even if he would be super rude to Lou in many occasions, which I didn’t agree upon regardless of his condition. Other than his charm, humor, grey cells, his daring attitude and caring for Lou, I liked how his situation brings to the light what being a quadriplegic means. It’s not just not being able to move maybe 90%, if not all, your body, but also the pain, the diseases, the medicine cocktails, and the depression it can bring into a person and everyone around them. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t romanticized, simply a reality with which these characters had to deal with in many ways, and I liked that realistic feel that sometimes some authors might not incorporate.

However, the romance! It wasn’t from the beginning and it wasn’t as developed as I thought it’d be, but it made me swoon and hate.. many things and events and the what if’s. Those were the worst. Its realistic take on these accidents that change your life, and striving for more than the simple things in life, was inspiring and beautifully written.

But I cried. I cried with sobs and knots in my throat and the thought of the ending has me wanting to tear again. Happy or sad tears? I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it. I am psyched to watch the movie when it comes out later in the year, especially because I love how Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin look perfect as Lou and Will, and it’ll break my heart. Again.

I can’t recommend this book enough for everyone to read. It was steady read, sweet, insightful, inspiring, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking in the most bittersweet way. I need to read After You, the sequel, to know what happens to my dear characters. Simply a wonderful read that I’ll treasure dearly for the years to come. Just pick it up and you’ll know what I mean.

*goes to cry in a corner*

Rating: 5 glowing stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • I’ve heard amazing things about this book and I’m very curious about it every since I saw the trailer for the movie. BUT I was spoiled for the ending so I’m scared that’ll ruin the experience for me.

    • I was spoiled of the ending because I read the description to After You, which is the sequel. A big bummer, but it still made the read very pleasurable and still very much shocking. I hope that if you read it you enjoy it tons 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Lovely review! I finally have a copy of this one so I hope to read it soon. I’m so excited for the film – it looks great and Sam Claflin is a great actor.


  • Okay you’ve convinced me!! I will definitely pick up this book before the movie comes out. I’m glad JoJo Moyes doesn’t romanticize disability, and I’m a bit surprised that the romance isn’t as central as it appears in the trailer. I do love some character growth, so I can’t wait to see that play out. Nice review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    • I agree with the romance bit. There was a lot of character growth and not so much importance to the romance, but more like a side thing that happened. I suppose in the movie they made the romance something bigger to attract viewers, but it’s still uncertain how that will play in the movie (trailers sometimes aren’t like the movie will be). I hope you love the book <3 And thanks for reading!

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  • Soudha Parsan

    I’m currently reading this book and so far it’s amazing! I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly. Maybe a cliché romance that borders on chick-lit? But this book is so much more than that. I’m glad I decided to give it a go! I can’t wait to finish it but at the same time, I’m kind of scared to XD. Looking forward to watching the movie too. Great review 🙂

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  • Awww the characters sound sweet and absolutely emotional! I love the sound of Will’s character even though he sounds like he was an ass at times, and of the lovely Lou as well. Wonderful review Jennifer!

  • Awww the characters sound sweet and absolutely emotional! I love the sound of Will’s character even though he sounds like he was an ass at times, and of the lovely Lou as well. Wonderful review Jennifer!