Review: Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes

Wednesday, September 28

My rating:

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.


4 or 4.5 stars - I can see why this one is so loved! I made a deal with my niece that if she'd read the book with me, we could watch the movie. She ended up liking the book way, way more!

Books 1, movies 0 ♥♥


This isn't my usual type of read, hence why I put off reading it until I had a reason to. To be honest, I like gritty, smutty, and a Happily-Ever-After. This one isn't gritty, it definitely isn't smutty, and I don't think this is a spoiler but just in case... SPOILER > there is definitely no Happily-Ever-After. < SPOILER

Having said that, I can appreciate a beautifully written, emotional story even if it's not even close to being up my alley. This is definitely that.

What I loved:

- Of course JoJo Moyes can write the bejesus out of a story. The Last Letter from Your Lover was a gorgeous story, and this one is no different. JM's stories have a peaceful tempo - they take their time (some might call it slow-paced, but I don't think it's that?) and kind of meander. I never get stressed reading her writing. And the editing is impeccable.
- The plot could have come across as manipulative. Like, lets see how much depressing shit we can throw at these readers. I found that because the subject matter was handled so thoughtfully, it was more of an insight into a different POV than anything else. I personally don't agree with Will, but it was extremely helpful for my niece to see this issue through new eyes.
- Part of why I avoided reading this was because it looked cheesy. I don't read a lot of chick lit (off the top of my head, probably only What Alice Forgot in 2016) for that reason. If a quote makes me cringe, I'll probably avoid the book. A lot of the quotes I've read from Me Before You made me cringe, but the book itself actually has very little cringe-factor!
- It was funny and thought provoking and emotional and frustrating in the best possible ways.

What I didn’t love:

- I doubt I'll ever read another book about physician-assisted suicide. I didn't like it as subject matter, but that's not the book's fault.
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