Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Title: Me Before You 
Author: Jojo Moyes 
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Publication Date: December 31st, 2012
Format: Paperback 

Page Count: 369 

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. (taken from goodreads.com)



Very rarely does this happen, but alas, it's happened: I don't know what to say. Bear with me as I begin rambling. 

I'll admit that I only really bought You Before Me because I saw that it was becoming a motion picture. I'd heard a couple of people say good things about it, but nothing too exciting. Mostly, I just knew that people cried over it. Normally I'm not in the mood for tear-jerkers, but I finally sucked it up and read the entire thing. 

It did take me a while to get through the whole thing. It's not exactly a fast-paced novel. Lou steadily works her way into Will's life, and her progress with him is painfully slow at points. I know I had to set the book down for a while and come back to it later to keep myself entertained. However, it did get more interesting as the plot progressed. 

BIT OF A SPOILER IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH: 
The main reason I cannot decide how I feel about You Before Me is the ending. I just don't know, guys. On so many levels, it was beautiful. Moyes poignantly writes about seizing the moment, living life to the fullest, etc. I found myself moved by Lou and her struggles. On the other hand, the Disney lover in me was desperate for my happy ending. Where was it?? WHY DID SHE TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME? As stupid as that sounds, I really was disheartened by the final turn of events. 

This is honestly one of those times where I wish I'd read a book with a book club or discussion group of some sort. Anyone else have opinions on Will and his choices? Lou and hers? I'd love to hear them. 

All in all, I don't regret dedicating a couple of hours to this novel. It was well-written, and more than that, it was original. It encouraged me to consider scenarios and emotions I hadn't ever really thought of before, and for that I'm grateful. I would definitely recommend readers check it out before seeing the movie, but hey, that's just me.