Me before you – Jojo Moyes

Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Today, I have read one of the loveliest books I’ve happened to come across for ages. I shouldn’t give my opinion away at the beginning of the post since it’s obviously a review, but rules were made to be broken and bent… at least sometimes. For whom have I just broken rules? Few words:  “Me before you” by  Jojo Moyes. Let the bookish journey start! I would be happy if you joined me in this one…

SHOW ME  A BIT OF YOUR WORLD

Louisa Clark is a 26-year-old English girl, whose life has been perfectly steady for years. She lives with her family in a small house, has a long-term boyfriend, and a job in a cafe, which she really likes. Aside from that, she’s an ordinary girl. She doesn’t challenge herself and asked what her dreams are she has no idea. She lives from day to day: goes to work, comes back, does home chores, watches TV, meets with her boyfriend sometimes, repeats the cycle. Everything changes, when she loses her job in the cafe and has to look for something else to pay the bills of herself and her financially struggling family. She becomes a caretaker of Will Traynor. Will is everything Lou is not. Before a terrible accident, he lived his life as fully as possible, challenging himself in  every possible occasion. Their outlooks on life are drastically different, and as their lives come into fusion, the world changes in thousand of shades…

 

QUEENS AND KINGS OF THE STORY

Main characters of the book are realistically created. Lou is an honest portrayal of a small-town girl. She doesn’t know anything aside from her hometown, and as she feels safe there, she doesn’t want to change anything. She’s relatable in her struggles and fears, and she’s by no means perfect. She has her flaws, but she is funny, quite cheerful and her loyalty to those, who she loves is truly charming. Will makes an interesting example of somebody, who lost his identity, and everything he was and was proud of. As a disabled man, he can be ironic and simply mean to those around him, but this is his way to deal with the pain of loss. After all, he is still an intelligent, witty young man, who used to be a top entrepreneur and did everything from bungee jumping to climbing Kilimanjaro. Rest of the characters are also well portrayed.  Lou’s family is a good representation of a small-town family with all their hopes and problems. Will’s parents and his nurse – Nathan – also make a nice addition to the story and give it some more depth. Summing up: I believe all characters are relatable and  not even single of them made me think “Oh no, get out of this story”.

VERDICT TIME

Taking everything into consideration, I would give this book A+. It is not 100% predictable though it’s definitely not the other way round, too. As a small-town girl, I could relate to many of Lou’s struggles, which may make me more biased than usual, but the book is truly remarkable. The writing is  pretty plain, but not in a bad way. It’s just easy to read it and get hooked. The characters are funny and very human, and the story itself is gripping. I loved it from very first page to the very last. I would definitely recommend you to read it.  The picture below is Will’s advice, and I thought it was a quite smart thing to share with all of my female readers. Will knows what he’s saying!

For all of you who love movies more… there’s a movie coming in June! I absolutely adore Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin so I can’t wait! Actually… I decided to read a book after watching a trailer. Nevertheless, it gives away quite a lot of what’s going to happen, so if you want to read a book without spoilers… don’t watch it! If it doesn’t matter to you… watch it as soon as you can! Yes, I am writing this as I’ve seen this for 8 times just today. Obsessed? Oh, maybe. Definitely. YES! 

Thanks for reading guys! You are the best. 🙂 

Yours truly,

Jessie

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50 thoughts on “Me before you – Jojo Moyes

  1. I was recommended this book last year and never read it, after reading this I think I should make an effort to read it! Especially since a movie is coming out, I love reading books before the movie comes out! Thanks for sharing!

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      1. Oh since the trailer is out it is a matter of few years for me, till I can watch it lol! I really got busy with uni and my old reading list.. This is why I lose sense of time, and I can’t keep up.

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      2. Ah, I can relate, I’ve been obsessing over its for such a long time! I hope you’ll be a bit less busy soon and have a chance to keep up. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. ❤

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  2. I have not heard of this book – which kind of surprises me! Seems like something that I would have come across or know someone else who is talking about it. I will put this away in my “To Read” list on Goodreads 🙂 Thanks!

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  3. laurahartleyy

    Oh my gosh don’t get me started on this book! This is one of my all time favourites and made me bawl my eyes out. Can’t wait for the film!

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  4. Me too, I love to read the book before watching a movie and more often than not the movies do not do justice to the book I feel! Having lived in urban settings all my life, I am always curious to know and learn a small-town perspective on things. Looks like you just made me add this book to my list, thanks for the review 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Exactly! I’ve watched very few movies, which turned out to be better than a book or just as good! I am happy to hear it, thanks for stopping by. ❤

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  5. journeyfreak

    This sounds like a good read. I was just actually looking for some new reads so I think I’m going to grab this when I go book shopping. Thanks for sharing. Great post. Cheers

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  6. Shanna Rogers

    I just watched a movie and this was one of the previews – I almost cried just from watching that! So it’s good to hear the book is amazing. I’ll have to read it!

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  7. maggiesblog2

    I loved this book so much. I cried so hard over it. I haven’t read the sequel yet and I can’t even think about the movie.

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    1. I cried too and to be honest I’m afraid to read the second book… I don’t want to be disappointed! Thanks for your comment and stopping by. ❤

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  8. Kirkis ¿No te has liado con los sueldos? ¿Cómo van a devaluar su trabajo si, según tú, están pidiendo el doble de lo que cobran los prioesfonales?

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  9. CarlaElla, mulÅ£umim frumos… noi încercăm să trăim cât mai aproape de ceea ce eu consider a fi normalitate. Problema e cu ceilalÅ£i din jur, pentru care &##&t0;normali2atea288221; a căpătat niÅŸte înÅ£elesuri cel puÅ£in bozare.

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