Me Before You

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

4.5/5

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I had been wanting to read this book for a while, and when I heard they were making it into a movie, I decided that I wanted to read it before it came out, so then I will be able to know what they actually got right in the movie. I looked but couldn’t find it, so I borrowed it from a friend, hopefully I can buy my own copy soon though. I have a love/hate feeling when books I have read or like are made into movies. I love it because I get to see how the producer/author imagined the characters, but hate it because if they leave something or someone out, I get really annoyed. Especially if they are my favourite scenes/characters. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but have heard good things about it, so hopefully when I see it, I wont be disappointed. If you have seen it, comment and tell me what you think? So without further ado, her is the review.

 

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 teashop 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.

 

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I really loved this book. I had heard about it quite a while ago, and was really intrigued. But I couldn’t find it at any of my local bookstores and didn’t want to wait for it to be sent to me, so I borrowed it from a friend who had read it and said it was really good but sad. Everyone said it would have me in tears at the end, but surprisingly it didn’t. I think maybe because I had already figured out what the ending would be so it didn’t come as such a shock to me. Although I didn’t cry, I was still upset. But luckily I had previously purchased the sequel, so I could go straight into that.

Pretty much the basis of the story was kind of like boy meets girl, but under different circumstances and didn’t have a very happy ending.

 

Will Traynor is a quadriplegic. Before his accident he enjoyed many outdoor recreational activities such as skiing, skydiving and more. But his accident caused him to not be able to do that anymore. He could hardly do anything for himself and was living with his parents.

 

Louisa Clark has lived in the same small town all her life. She has no big ambitions and enjoys her everyday routine. But when she loses her job what else will happen to her? She goes to the job centre and works many different jobs. But none of them last very long as she doesn’t enjoy them. There is one job she hasn’t tried out yet. Working as a caregiver. For a quadriplegic man. She had no clue what would be in store for her and what would happen along the way.

 

I understand Louisa’s reason for trying to stop Will from doing what he had planned, but in the end, Will’s mind can’t be changed. As much as she tries, Louisa can’t stop it. Her family don’t support her decisions and feel what she is doing is wrong. Her boyfriend is making life hard for her, trying to stop her from helping Will. But she persists.

 

This book was amazing and is a great read. I highly recommend it and if you decide to read it, I hope you liked it as much as I do. I’m also very excited for the movie, which I am seeing very soon. I really hope it lives up to the book and is not a disappointment.