Me Before You book review

Hello, everyone! After a long break, I`m back, and I couldn`t be more excited! I have some great books on my summer TBR, and I can`t wait to share my thoughts on them. Today we`ll be talking about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, a book that has been on everyone`s radar now that the movie is in cinema. Usually, I stay away from romance books, but this one sounded promising and so many people raved about how it changed their life, I had to read it. I also got the movie tie-in edition and who can say NO to Sam Claflin`s gorgeous face? I know I fancast him in all of my books.

The protagonist of the book is Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old woman who lives in a small town and has an ordinary life. Despite her quirky outfits and playful personality, Louisa is one of the most relatable characters I have ever come across. She is smart, funny, caring and tries her best to please everyone. One day though Lou loses her job and it feels like her world is falling apart. Because even though she is bright, she does not have many "real life" skills. Eventually, she is hired to take care of Will Traynor, a quadriplegic. Before his accident, Will was a man that lived a full and adventurous life, so now he feels stuck. He resents his situations and pushed everyone away.

Despite a rocky start, soon Lou and Will develop a beautiful friendship, which changes the way they view life. It`s one of those cases when the title fits perfectly with the story. Before Lou, Will was shallow and egocentric. Before Will, Louisa was content with her boring life and never thought about what she wants to do in the future. While in the end, their friendship develops into a romance, that`s not the primary focus of the book. Or at least, for me, this book was more about finding your path and trying to live your life to the fullest.

'' You only get one life. It`s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.''

There is a major plot twist, which I obviously won`t reveal. I will say though that it`s a great one, which will leave you with lots of questions. I personally understood Will`s decision, so that`s why I did not find the book so heartbreaking. The topic is quite controversial, one of the reasons which will set this book apart from other romance books. I always love it when a book makes you think and after reading it, all I wanted to do was check other reviews and see what other people thought about it.

I gave this book 4.50 out of 5 stars because I loved the characters and story. The writing style was simple and straightforward, which makes it an easy read. The main reason I did not give it 5 stars though is that it did not live up to the hype. It was a beautiful story, but it did not leave me sobbing. Everyone was saying how they cried for hours, and it just wasn`t the same for me. Like I said earlier, maybe it`s because I understand Will`s decision, but it did not break my heart. Nevertheless, a fantastic book, which should be on your 2016 TBR.

'' Push yourself. Don`t settle. Just live well. Just LIVE''

1 comment

  1. I loved this book and I did not cry either! have you red the sequel? :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥