April 2, 2016

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Review:  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A New York Times bestseller

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?

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Published by: Viking  on January 5, 2012
Series: Me Before You #1


This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).


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GabbyNewEver since I saw the movie trailer for the film adaptation for Me Before You, I knew that I had to get my hands on this novel. It looked like the kind of novel that would rip your heart into a million little pieces and, as you can imagine, I was very excited to experience this kind of heartbreak. I can say that Me Before You is the kind of novel that sticks with you for a long while after finishing the book and that it is the kind of novel that leaves you with a) pain b) closure and c) food for thought.

              In Me Before You, Louisa Clark provides for her family through her work at a local café. However when she finds herself unemployed, Louisa begins job-hunting and ends up at the Traynor’s doorstep for a position that involves working with the Traynor’s wheelchair-bound son, Will. Working with Will proves to be a challenge for Louisa whose plucky personality seems to only get on Will’s nerves and sends him deeper into his self-inflicted isolation. But slowly, Louisa finds the many ways to fall into Will’s good graces and befriends him. However a difficult discovery about Will leaves Louisa determined to show him that life is worth living and that life can be good again.

              I loved Me Before You. I loved the writing, I loved the story, I loved the characters, the setting—everything about Me Before You was amazing. I fell in love right from the very beginning with a chapter that shows us the moments before the life-changing incident that will leave Will wheelchair-bound. Me Before You is the kind of novel that has you on the edge of your seat flipping pages, eager to find out what will happen next.

              The entire plot for Me Before You is far from predictable. With every chapter a new layer is added to the story and adds depth to the plot. There are plot twists that come in relation to the very real reactions that the characters have to new information that is put forward.

              The romance that blooms between Will and Louisa is as slow-burn as slow-burn romances come. There is so much chemistry between the two characters from the very beginning and the presence of Louisa’s boyfriend, Patrick, is nothing less than grating. Readers will be cheering on Will and Louisa’s relationship but also cheer on the demise of Louisa and her athletics-obsessed boyfriend’s relationship. The relationship between Will and Louisa is heartbreaking and unique. Their romance isn’t forced or contrived. Watching the two characters fall for each other is a beautiful experience and one that fills readers with hope.

               All of the characters in Me Before You feel real. They are all flawed. They can all be selfish. They can all be selfless. The entire cast of characters in Me Before You drive the heart-pounding plot forward. From Louisa’s brainy sister, to Patrick, to Mrs. Traynor, every character in the novel has something to offer to the story and ultimately make the novel feel that much more realistic.

              I would recommend Me Before You to readers who are looking for the kind of novel that will leave them on the edge of their seat. Any readers who are looking for a novel that is filled with will they/won’t they tension and an unforgettable romance should also give Me Before You a read. Finally, any readers who are looking for a novel that will leave you questioning yourself and your morals should also give it a read.


About Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.


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