SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com):
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Pages: 369 Pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.31/5 Stars
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I have to say, it takes a lot for a book to make me emotional while reading it. But this novel hit all the marks and had me misty-eyed by the end of it. The book handled some more serious and controversial themes, but Jojo Moyes handled them elegantly throughout the entirety of the novel.
One of the aspects to her writing that stood out to me was how natural everything felt. Rather than feeling like I was reading a book, I sincerely felt that I was inside of another human beings head. I could feel the emotions Louisa felt and picture everything perfectly. Also, the dialogue was beautiful. The dialogue did not feel like something from a book – more like a transcript from everyday conversations one may have with their friends and family. I truly applaud the flawless style Moyes wields.
Due to that writing style, the entire story was easy to fall into it. I felt like I was walking alongside all of these characters and truly experiencing the story for what it was, raw and powerful. It’s probably one of the best novels I’ve read in those regards, even if there were cultural differences that I – happily – had to adjust to. (Have I mentioned that I love European culture?)
But more than that, Louisa went through some of the most wonderful character development that I’ve seen. Between the beginning and the end of the book the readers saw her become a whole new person and it was all because of one man. Usually I’m pretty iffy on that type of theme in a book, but it blended it with all of the other themes she was working with. The book dealt with issues of family, relationships, disability, and life itself. Many of these characters represented these themes, which was another neat item of interest.
Ultimately, there is not one aspect of this book that I did not like, which is a rare find.Also, I cannot give more praise to this book than I already have. But readers be warned! This is both an uplifting book and a sad one, so be prepared for an emotional ride as you move through the pages.
If you haven’t checked out the movie trailer, I highly recommend watching it! Plus, the author wrote the screenplay to the movie, so it’s definitely going to be a good adaptation. I can’t wait for June 3rd to roll around!
“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”
― Jojo Moyes,