Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Posted March 3, 2016 by Ely in Reviews / 5 Comments

Me Before You Book Cover Me Before You
Me Before You #1
Jojo Moyes
Adult Contemporary
Michael Joseph (UK)
January 5th 2012

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.

I’ve been aware of the existence of Me Before You for years. I’d seen it in multiple bookstores, and all over Goodreads, but I was never even remotely interested in it. As much as I love YA contemporary, when it comes to adult fiction the only author I’ve read is Cecelia Ahern. I honestly never thought I would pick this book up.

Then I saw the trailer for the new movie with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. I really like them both, and the trailer looked incredible so I added the book to my wishlist. I considered ordering it online a few times, but it wasn’t until I had ten hours to kill in Heathrow airport that I actually bought it. I read most of it during that time, only stopping when things started getting sad and had to put it down before I started scaring the people around me with my tears. I finished it the second I was on the plane.

For a little while I wasn’t sure about it. Lou is the sort of character I don’t usually like reading about. I struggle to understand people who don’t have ambition. I’m a very ambitious person (hence being a full-blooded Slytherin), and I get very annoyed with myself if I’m not getting things done. My point is—Lou is the opposite, she’s happy where she is in her small little town and she has absolutely no sense of adventure. I thought I’d hate her, but as the story went on we got to see why she was like that and I could begin to understand. I won’t lie, I definitely found Will to be much more interesting, but I still really liked Lou.

I liked Will because of his accident. I finally found a book with a disabled character that is both realistic and not completely about that disability. It’s still not the perfect book, but it’s still really good. Will got to be an actual person with a personality and life outside of his disability, sure some of that was in the past but it was still great to see that side. I absolutely cannot wait to see how Sam Claflin brings Will to life.

The only thing that stopped this from being a five star book for me was the ending. I know why it went that way and I appreciate it, but I can’t help but wish it went differently. I don’t know if anyone else who read this can tell me if they felt the same (without spoiling it). All in all, I am super excited to see the movie bring this incredible book to live. I am, however, not ready for the crushing pain it’s going to inflict.


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5 responses to “Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  1. Wow this book destroyed me. But yeah the ending got to me as well.


    It kind of felt like it was sending a message that a life with a disability isn’t worth living, which kind of pissed me off, honestly. I mean, I didn’t exactly expect a happy ending but it seriously annoyed me – that’s how it came off anyway.

    ****END SPOILERS****

    ALSO I didn’t mention before how much I love your new design <3 <3

    • EXACTLY, it just made me really upset that that’s how it went. It made me feel really uncomfortable.

      Thank you, Emily <3

  2. *snaps fingers* THAT’S where I heard the title before. I saw the trailer! Haha. I think portraying a character that has no ambitious is both easy and hard. Because there are people who don’t have ambition at all, but we tend to dislike those kinds of characters in books. I guess they’re not interesting enough (which is kind of true unless you’re trying to get artsy), but I always think it’s the journey that’s important. I think this book seems to do that well. It gives us a good journey and hopefully Lou has a different outlook on life after. Again, I haven’t read the book, this is what I’m gathering from your review and the movie trailer.

    • It’s an incredibly hyped up book so I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it! I guess that’s what it is. I don’t know if it’s just me though because I think ambition is a really important trait to have. She definitely grew as a character by the end of the book though!

  3. This is one of my favorites. I agree about Lou in the beginning but I was happy to see her grow and grow on me throughout. The ending destroyed me. The tears didn’t stop for a while. I hope the movie lives up to the book for me!! The trailer certainly is promising. Great review!