REVIEW: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 20, 2016

 

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.

 

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

 

RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 bittersweet stars.

 

FAVORITE QUOTE: “You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.”

 

REVIEW: Okay. I know this book is hella-popular. I actually didn't read any other reviews or articles about this book prior to reading it. The only things I heard were word of mouth or random headlines. Still, it would be impossible by this point to not know that this book has a sad ending or causes many to cry the ugly cry. So that's what I carried with me when I started Me Before You.

 

There is a very distinct tone and way that British contemporary romances are written; sort of delightful and sweet with a dueling naivete and world-weariness. I've always been fascinated with this style. It's something that only the Brits can achieve and I love it. This is my first Jojo Moyes book and in this respect, her writing excelled.

 

I wasn't head over heels for this book, however. I didn't dislike it. I did, in fact, enjoy it. The book was lovely, but I definitely wasn't as emotionally invested in it as I know others have been (and I know I really shouldn't compare myself to others, but come on, for a book this popular I sort of have to). I felt, a bit, like I was being purposefully manipulated into a sad state, as if the author stopped with the natural progression and thought, okay, how can I get the readers to cry? I'm sure this is an entirely unfair deduction, but that's where my mind went.

 

Not going to lie, I did tear up, a few even ran down my cheeks, and I did need a couple tissues to deal with the eyes and nose. Beyond that though, it wasn't an ugly cry for me. It was just a bittersweet ending.

 

I did like all the sweet moments in the book. Lou and Will had some of the best banter! The way they butted heads was delightful reading. And the rest of the cast of characters was fun or growl-worthy as the case may be, but also a bit predictable. There was nothing perfect about any of there lives, everyone had their individual issues to sort through and the author touched on each of these, which I did love. There were no throw-away characters, each had a place in the story and each felt as if they could have their own book to explore. That is the mark of a truly great story-teller, which is why I want to look into more of Moyes's work!

 

This book actually made me more excited about the sequel than anything else. So I will definitely be adding that to my list. Overall, it was a beautiful book and I don't think there is a right or wrong way to feel about it. I encourage you to read it, if you haven't already. I know that there are those who will love it more than I did and rightfully so. Perhaps I just waited too long to read it.

 

 

 

 

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