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Me Before You | Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes–Published by: Penguin–Publication date: January 5th 2012 Price: $22.99 AUS Image sourced from Goodreads

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.

Almost everyone is talking about this book, mostly because of the movie coming out later this year, but I didn’t pick up the book because of Emelia Clarke and Sam Claflin. I decided to finally pick up this book because I’ve heard that Me Before You is similar to my Cecelia Ahern book, P.S. I Love You.

Setting. I really loved the small town setting and this picturesque English town helped to drive the plot which is something I love in a good book setting. I also loved getting to travel around going on adventures with Will and Lou, and sometimes Nathan, and this made me super excited for my trip to Fiji in July (you jealous?)!!

Characters. Lou is so precious and innocent and I completely fell in love with her. She is so realistic and entirely relatable. I also loved Nathan and what his character brought to the story. It was so interesting reading this book and trying to understand his situation while the book tries to place you in Lou’s position. The familial relationships in this book were PERFECT and represent how diverse families can be and how important they are to us.

Plot. I know that there are lots of books that deal with the same or similar issues as Me Before You, some of which I’ve read and some which I haven’t. So this book is by no means addressing something new, but nonetheless, it is still definitely a book that needed to be written. Yes it was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

Writing. Lou’s voice is honest and hilarious (I literally laughed-out-loud many times) and most importantly, it brings up a really important issue. I had a little trouble with the pacing at some points; it was too slow in parts and I feel like the ending was a bit rushed—especially considering that it’s quite a chunk of a book. My main problem was with chapters narrated by other characters; I felt like they didn’t add anything to the story at all and just disrupted Lou’s narration.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book but I won’t be reading the sequel because I feel like this book would be better as a standalone.

4.5/5 stars

Recommended to: Everyone.

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 

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