Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication date: July 30th 2013 (1st published January 5th 2012)
Edition/ Language: Paperback, English
Pages: 369
Genres: Adult novel, realistic fiction, romance & drama.

A non spoiler review

Goodreads: 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 lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. (...) 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?

I buddy read this book with Erica from @cozybooksandcoffee. I really enjoy buddy reading Me Before You as it's nice to share my thoughts about the book with someone. Erica and I have the same thoughts about probably everything we talked about.

Me Before You is so real, meaning the romance/feelings, the happenings and the character development. Especially the timing as nothing happened too quickly. This story definitely brought tears to my eyes. It has its emotional scenes, e.g. when Will needed a moment to make the experience he just had to last a little longer, so it feels normal, that he himself did something on his own without any help. Will's sarcasm towards Lou made me laugh so much. I find their conversations quite amusing and fun to read. I found myself always looking forward to reading their conversations when the book is focusing on e.g. Lou's family. Will is the character that I enjoyed the most throughout the book, especially his personality development. I think I was mostly interested in reading what Will has to say during conversations.
When it comes to Patrick, Lou's boyfriend, both Erica and I find that he's a jerk and quite unpleasant, while Lou can be a bit annoying. She sometimes exaggerates at times when she could've been more understanding if she just thought about what Will might be going through. At times I feel like she thought about herself, while the situation isn't really about her. 

The overall pacing of this book is perfect! It is definitely a book that can't be left alone for too long. When it comes to the 2nd book, I don't think I will read it because the reason why I read Me Before You is because of Will, his situation, the romance and Lou's experience. Like how she will handle everything. I want those elements of romance, sadness and laughter that I experienced, to stay with me as a part of my memory of reading Me Before You. I am honestly quite scared to ruin that.
I did get emotional but not necessarily crying... just teary eyes. Sometimes, Will actually explains how he feels, which really moved me, because he made me see his previous life next to the one he's living right in front of me. It's definitely heartbreaking, but Will truly made me laugh... like out loud. I truly didn't expect to laugh while reading Me Before You.
Laughing, tearing up and not being able to put it down... I mean… definitely 5 out of 5 stars! 


  1. This sounds like the kind of book which makes a lot of people cry. I know it's supposed to be one of the saddest things ever :( I am looking forward to trying it despite that though, and I am ready to have my emotions all twisted up >.>

  2. I liked this book. And it was, as per most book-to-film adaptations, better than the film. I think Will had a good character arc, but that Lou was fairly one-dimensional. I read the beginning of the sequel and it didn't do much to improve my opinion of Lou either.

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