Book Review: Me Before You, Jo Jo Moyes

Me Before You

Goodreads Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

This was an utterly beautiful read! I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started it but I rather quickly fell in love with the characters And got completely sucked into the story. It got to a point in the process of my read where I just couldn’t seem to be able to stop reading. Thus I ended up finishing it at nearly 3:00am.

Me Before You sets out a story which both asks and answers the difficult questions of the preciousness of life and what ‘living’ really means. In this way, finishing this novel left me somewhat stunned. It didn’t end in the tear fest I had expected, yet it left me with a mixture of emotions I didn’t really know how to explain. All I could do was lie in bed and ponder what I’d just read until I fell asleep a good while later. I found the small bouts of humour cleverly and well placed, especially in regards to Will’s sarcasm. Something I seemed to connect with right from the start.

Moyes wrote in such a way which really drew me in and hooked me into the romance of it all. Despite the almost obvious outcome and ending I was taken on a long on a ride which  contrary to my expectations, I rather enjoyed. There was a certain tenderness to the characters, even the ones I didn’t like as much, which got me caught up in wishing for everything to turn out okay. Yet, as expected, reality happened and there was little I could do keep myself from feeling my heart break along with Louisa. However, though the ending was heartbreaking, I didn’t get as emotional as I expected. Maybe because my emotion wasn’t driven by sympathy for Louisa but more of an understanding of what Will wanted for himself. No matter how much I speculate over this, its something which I will probably always be trying to get to the bottom of. One thing I am sure of though is that because of how I feel about the ending, there is no question of whether or not I will read the sequel. In my eyes, it isn’t really needed, and I have no desire to go near it. For me, in this case the end is the end, full-stop.

Overall I found this to be a wonderful and engaging read. It took me on a journey which kept on going beyond me having closed the book, which is something I find really special in a novel.