Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Publisher: Viking Adult on December 31st 2012
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
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.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Me Before You is a book that I saw tons of friends read and love but I was always hesitant. I thought it might be a little too fluffy and sweet for me. But then I watched the trailer for the movie and I knew it was going to be a heartbreaker. Which meant I needed to read it ASAP.
I blew through it in a day and liked it a lot. I didn’t love it but we’ll get to that later.
Will Traynor was a highly successful, smart, rich, daredevil of a man. A motorcycle accident changes his life in an instant, leaving him a quadriplegic.
Louisa Clark still lives at home and helps support her family and has worked at the same shop for six years. She’s quirky and cute and likes to wear odd things. She has a long term boyfriend that she doesn’t seem to like much and an obnoxious younger sister, Katrina that makes Lou feel inferior. She’s never left her small town and she’s comfortable with her sheltered life.
When she loses her job unexpectedly, she has no proper training to do anything else and after numerous failed attempts at other jobs, she is hired as a caretaker for Will.
They don’t hit it off. Will is, understandably, moody and miserable. He had an amazing life before the accident; full of adventure and now he can’t even feed himself. He’s in constant pain, he’s attached to all kinds of tubes and he’s alone. Lou tries her best to remain cheerful and make Will learn to accept his life but it falls flat.
There is a definite romance aspect to this book and it is quite sweet and really tugs at the heart but the romantic aspects are only the surface plot.
This book is really about choices and it gets pretty heavy with some of the subject matter. There is a bit of a dark and controversial undertone. And I enjoyed that very much, as I have dealt with someone with a terminal illness and there are lots of opinions out there.
Family is another important part of this story. Will’s family barely speaks to each other and Lou’s family all lives under one roof and takes care of each other. Even when they piss each other off and fight, they are still there for each other when it’s needed. Although, the family members (Lou’s and Will’s) were incredibly selfish throughout the book. Especially Katrina but she does come through a few times.
Lou grows so much during this book, I really routed for her. I wanted her to be happy.
I reason I didn’t love it? POV changes is the big one. There were several random POV changes and that’s just a personal annoyance for me. I realize why the author did them, to explain things Lou didn’t have knowledge of, but they were just weird and unnecessary in my opinion. At least one could have been explained through a conversation.
The other thing has to do with Katrina and where she got the money for some things later in the book. I don’t know if I missed something or what but I felt like it was kind of a big thing to leave unanswered, considered it was a major theme in the book that Lou’s family didn’t have money.
So, overall I enjoyed this book and I am pretty excited to see the movie and ugly cry in the theater. I recommend if you like books that make you cry.