Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 369
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: July 30th, 2013
Buy: Amazon | Chapters 

 

Summary: (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.

Review: 

I had an extreme book hangover after this one. I had trouble putting it down and even when I did I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had heard about this book but never knew any details other than the fact that it was a romance novel (romance novel—yup I’m in!) However, I quickly found that this book was so much more than just a romance novel.

Lou is an entertaining and charming character and I absolutely adored her from beginning to end. I loved how patient she was and the progression of her character throughout the story was really well done. I thought the pace of the novel was perfect, everything happened when I thought it should and it created this rollercoaster of emotions. Moyes doesn’t shy away from a very difficult topic. Whether morally acceptable or not it was a beautiful story, it’s the reality of what some people are going through. Do I think it was handled correctly..honeslty I don’t know. My mind is forever changing when it comes to assisted suicide..like I said it’s an extremely difficult topic. I don’t know how I would handle it until I was personally in that position. I thought the change in character perspective was an excellent way to kind of show the difference of perspective each character had. I do wish we would have got a chapter from Wills perspective but I think that would have been difficult for Moyes to write…possibly difficult to read.

The writing was so beautifully done and I think Moyes did an excellent job bringing up the issues and difficulties that are thrust upon those in wheelchairs. So many things that I never would have thought of came to light while reading this story. This story made me think but more importantly it made me feel. I look forward to reading the second novel.

 

Rating: 4.5/5


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