Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Posted March 2, 2016 | 26 Comments

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: December 31, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 385
Source: Purchased

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose

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.

I know everyone and their dog had read Me Before You already, so I’m late to the game. I was finally pushed into reading it when I saw the trailer for the movie come out. I wanted to read the book before even watching the trailer, because movie trailers give a lot away.

Now, I don’t want to go into it, but I knew someone in Will’s position, and who was very much like Will before his accident. And also like Will, he made the same kind of plans View Spoiler ». So I had a weird, slightly uncomfortable sad feeling throughout the book. It didn’t dampen the story or anything, just brought up certain feelings.

Okay, so to be honest, the first 20% was kind of boring. I can’t help it, it was! But it definitely got better when Will entered the picture and the banter between him and Louisa picked up. I enjoyed watching their friendship grow and how much they bonded. I definitely loved Will’s sarcastic humor. I went in expecting to become an emotional mess, but that didn’t really happen. At first. But then … yeah, then … I’ll just say I read the book while in bed and my pillow ended up soaked with tears.

Me Before You is a beautiful lesson in love and life. I ended up really enjoying it and got a good cry out of it. As much as I did enjoy it, I doubt I’ll read the next book. I’m satisfied with the way it ended and want to stay with those feelings.



26 responses to “Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  1. You summed up Me Before You in an amazing way, Christy! I found the beginning to be a bit slow as well, and the whole story didn’t impact me as strongly as I thought it would. It must have been hard for you to have to deal with something similar in real life!
    I hope the movie will be good, because that trailer is awesome 🙂
    Have a terrific Thursday and happy reading.

  2. I agree the beginning was a bit slow. I totally think once Will comes in the book gets much better. I was a mess throughout the end. It must have been a whole different experience for you with having some personal background what happened in the book. I read the next book and it wasn’t nearly as good but I loved Lou so I liked following her story. Great review!

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  3. Nope. No… won’t be reading this. Won’t be seeing the movie either. Just watched the trailer and I’m still on the verge of tears. See what I deal with? 😀 Thanks for taking the sword for me…

  4. I’m not sure I’m emotionally equipped to handle this book Christy, OR see the movie despite my insane girl crush on Emilia Clarke. I’m not ready for my pillowcase to be soaked in tears! I need happy and fluffy! HAPPY AND FLUFFY CHRISTY!

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  5. I loved this book. I’m glad you read it! I can’t wait for the movie. I think it’s going to be spectacular. Also, last month I attempted to read After You (book two) and I made it 46% through before I just had to put it down. For me, it was soooooo boring.

  6. Gah! Christy!! That trailer has me in tears! As you know (I think) you and I (and Lexxie) were possibly the last 3 to read this (in the world) *ha*…we were all fashionably late. 😉 I will agree that the beginning was a bit boring but I think that was sort of the point since we were seeing Louisa’s boring life. And then. You are so right…an then. I sobbed while reading this book. (Lexxie decided I’m one BIG sap) but it was a very touching story and although it gave you some uncomfortable, sad feelings, I’m glad you read it and enjoyed it all the same. Oh, and I also agree with you on how it ended…no sequel necessary. We’ll see if I decide to pick it up. Lovely, lovely review! And thanks for sharing the trailer…even if it made me cry! 🙂

  7. I am obsessed with the trailer! I didn’t want to read the book because I heard it was ugly cry material and I don’t want to cry but the story sounds amazing! I can see where it would be more challenging to read if you knew someone who had been in a similar situation. I can’t wait to read this and am planning on finishing this at night where I don’t have anywhere to go the next morning so my puffy eyes can recover. I will also have a spare pillow!

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  8. Is it terrible I’ve never even heard of this book? I think I’ve been living under a rock. It’s a pity that the first 20% was lame but thankfully it got better! It sounds so emotional. I loved your review – I’ll have to watch the movie trailer and read it before I see the film 😀

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  9. I completely agree with your review. The beginning did move super slow and I wasn’t sure how I would end up feeling about it. But man, Jojo Moyes ended up blowing me away. She is so good. I’m glad you ended up enjoying it!

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