Thursday, 9 June 2016

'Me Before You' by JoJo Moyes Review

Hello, I'm Me Before you and I will break your heart and destroy your soul.

But seriously, if you didn't ball your eyes out at this book there must be something wrong with you, it was beautifully written, and the story was beautiful and magnificent. My mum read the book a long while ago and has been trying to make me read it ever since, but now I've read I don't know why I resisted for so long - and really wish I'd read it soon.

Synopsis (taken 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.'


Thoughts
There is something wonderful about Jojo Moyes' writing, where even if she is describing something trivial I still find myself entranced to the story and unable to put the book down. Many of the characters are relatable, even if the major story lines they're involved in are not. Their reactions are realistic and you can  see your self in these characters whether you've been in their particular position or not, which is always nice when you are reading a book.

It's hard to get into this book and what I think about it without spoiling anything for those who haven't read it, but it is beautiful and heart-breaking and I definitely recommend everyone reading it if you haven't already.

Spoilers...

So... I don't even know where to start. I'm still not over how good this books is. I'm going to go through the main characters first and then move onto the ending...
I loved how quirky yet normal Louisa is, living at home in a small town trying to make some money. Her relationship with Will was so well explored, and I felt as I was reading it that I was Louisa making the decisions she was making, which just demonstrates even further how well written it is. She quirky dress sense just makes me wish I dressed that like. I love how she didn't care what people thought.
Although Will's situation is not a common one, and it's hard to know how I would act if I was in his position, I feel that Jojo Moyes wrote very sensitively and made he a very real character. The two main characters and their relationship was not over romanticised which meant it was a heart wrenching love story while still portraying a realistic and tragic story.
As well as the main characters, there were a number of secondary characters who were a part of Will and Louisa's story, such as Patrick and Treena.
I couldn't stand either Patrick or Treena, but that isn't a criticism of Jojo Moyes because I think that was the point. They were both incredibly selfish characters, and both made Lou feel guilty if she did something even slightly for herself. When Treena let her parents sleep on the floor downstairs
r so her and her son could have the room was when I realised how much I disliked her, and I think Patrick was never made likable throughout the whole thing.

On to the ending... Although of course part of me wishes he'd lived, I respect Jojo Moyes' decision for him to die, because it made it realistic to the situation rather than over-romanticising his situation too much, making it about more than just their love story, which is important. The part to got me the most was Will's letter, I was sobbing so much I could barely see my page through the tears. I'm glad Louisa went to Switzerland in the end, and I'm also glad she took Will's advice and travelled to the place in Paris he told her about.

I've given this book a 5/5, and I can't wait to read the sequel 'After You' now and see what happens.


Edit

The film came out so I went to see it last week and I loved it! The portrayal of the characters was amazing, Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin -  among the rest of the cast - did such a good job. Although some part were missed out (e.g. the parts I hated with Treena's character, and Lou's possible sexual abuse), I thought they did a great job at showing the key moments of the story such as the horse racing and the holiday and the ending. There was quite a bit of comedy in there as well, quite a few comedic lines had been added in that I really enjoyed, and I just think overall they did a really great job and I was so impressed!







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