Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You (Me Before You #1)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Released January 5, 2012
Borrowed from Friend
Rating: 4.5/5


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 (Summary from Goodreads).


In an attempt to read books other than YA Fantasy, I have been getting into contemporary reads lately. I saw the trailer for Me Before You a few weeks ago, and when I saw that (1) My baes from Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games were cast as the main characters and (2) the film is based on a book, I knew I had to read this.

Just a warning: this book deals with  a few tough subjects, mainly suicide, but also rape was implied, though not expressly stated. Although these tough subjects are present, this book will also make you laugh, question the meaning of life, and make you wonder if you are living life to your fullest.

I thought Louise Clark was  relateable character; she is an ordinary girl with an eclectic fashion taste thrown into a caregiving position for Will Traynor, whose sarcastic, rude remarks (at first) make it difficult for her. Lou, desperate for a job, sticks through it. When she finds out his intention to end his life, her reluctance to work for him turns into newfound determination to make him see that his life is worth living. Will, on the other hand, is determined to make Lou see that she has the potential to get out of their boring hometown, see the world, and get a college education for herself.

Overall, this was a bittersweet book that will make you laugh and depressed at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing the film adaptation next month!!

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