23 March 2013

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published: 5 January 2012

Pages: 482 (paperback)

Genre/s: Contemporary

Source: Own library

Synopsis

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.


My Thoughts

When I put Me Before You in my Showcase Sunday post a couple of months ago, almost every comment was about how emotional this book is. I'm not the most emotional reader so I was a little cynical going into it, but I also take what other people say about books seriously, and prepared myself...

The first thing that struck me about Me Before You was Lou. She's quirky, kind and has a snarky sense of humour that I absolutely loved. She's the kind of character that I wish was real so I could spend time with her, digging through her closest, or even just sitting down in the pub with a wine and a packet of chips and listen to her talk. It's rare that I find a character that I feel so connected to, but with Lou it was an almost instant click. Along with Lou, I also felt immediately drawn to Will - Jojo Moyes really puts everything on the line with her characters and he was no exception. Forced to live a life that is so very different to the life before his accident, his pain and frustration at being so dependent on other people to simply live through each day was palpable.

This is an intensely readable book, and I got through it in just two sittings - I just couldn't stop reading because I desperetely wanted to know what was going to happen next and how this story could possibly rip my heart out and stomp all over it. With characters that feel so incredibly real, in a situation that is possible for any of us at any moment in time, it felt like I was part of their story too.

So, did I cry? I finished this book in bed late one night, tears rolling down my face. But not just because it stomped all over my heart, but also because I found it incredibly uplifting to see characters come to life so vividly, to grow and develop and explore things about themselves that didn't seem possible at the beginning.

I loved loved loved this book and I'm completely aware that I've pretty much blathered all the way through my review, but it's really a book that I'd recommend to any reader, anyone who loves being taken on an emotional rollercoaster, and anyone that wants to experience characters that feel like real, likable people.


6 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love emotional books! I have never heard of this one before but I must meet Will and Lou! thank you so much :))

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  2. I love this review! I'm afraid of the book now but I'm adding it to my TBR list :-)

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  3. I just saw this book on my recommendations on Goodreads last night and was wondering about it. Great review. I think I will add it to my TBR.

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  4. I totally agree with your review! I have read this twice now and loved it both times, even with knowing what was going to happen.

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  5. Wow, wow, just wow. I have been wanting to read this book since so long now. And I think I should up it on my list after reading your review but I'm not sure if I'd like to cry. I am looking for books to make me laugh right now. #depressingworld Great review, though.

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  6. I love emotional books with characters that one can instantly connect with! Glad you loved this one...I may have to add it to my TBR!

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