Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

5 Star
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.

Lydia - 5 Star

I somehow knew straight off that Me Before You was going to rip my heart out with a grapefruit spoon. I barely knew anything about it other than the rave reviews, and when it popped up on Netgalley, I snatched up the opportunity and crammed it into my busy reading schedule. And am I ever glad I did. This novel is an unforgettable roller coaster ride, one which I devoured in a few short days.

I sobbed for a half an hour after finishing this book. I NEVER do this. I may leak a few tears, sometimes even have some streaming, but sobbing, streaming and blubbering for thirty minutes? Never. I can only say that at no time could I predict the outcome of this one, which was fantastic. No more will be said, but just that this book is probably not for the faint at heart or for people that do not like to feel things because this one make you feel everything.

Me Before You tackles heavy subject matter, which I loved, yet there are humourous moments which keep it easy to read, and Moyes manages to keep an overall lighthearted feel, the effect of which is marvelous. This could have been a depressing, difficult read, but Moyes humanizes this controversial subject matter by making it relatable with two incredible characters. Regardless of which side of the issue you stand on, and what outcome you want in the end, Me Before You is eye opening and definitely makes you think.

Lou and Will are two of the most fantastic characters I have had the honor to read about in ages. I grew attached to Lou instantly. A simple girl - you won't find any Louboutins in this book - her heart steals the show. How selfless she is accepting a job she didn't want to help save her family home and how compassionately she looks after Will is almost overwhelming. I wanted her to stick up a bit more for herself, but at the same time, I didn’t want her to change that much because she was so kind, caring, and compassionate. I was desperate for her to ditch her icky boyfriend and find her path in life, particularly hoping it would wind around to Will. Ahhh, Will. Insert huge sigh here. I loved him, and I grew desperate for him to accept his new position in life and move on – and prayed it would be with the lovely Lou. I adored watching their relationship blossom. These are two characters I will never, ever forget.  

Oh, just go get this book now. You won’t regret it. Promise.

And please, someone make this one into a movie - because I’d like to have my heart shattered all over again.

Thank you to Viking for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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  1. My mom read this one and enjoyed it but now I think I need to track it down!

  2. I just got this recommended and I checked Amazon and got the biggest shock The kindle price is $14.99 I doubt people would pay that much for it. What a shame they set the prices so high

  3. After reading several other reviews, I wasn’t really sure this book was for me. Now that I’ve read yours, Me Before You is on my library hold .



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