Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Release Date: January 5th, 2015
Read: July, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Format: Paperback, 480 pages

Description from Goodreads:

       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.

Review: Where to start? From the very first page I was hooked. Lou Clark is such a funny and relate-able character, that charms you from the moment you first meet her. Her journey alongside Will is a great one, and by the end of the book you care deeply for her. She is the character that we all want to be, because she is not the selfless heroine that we so often read. The supporting characters only add to the heartbreak of this novel. Each one gets their own chapter, where you discover what has led them to this difficult situation dealing with quadriplegia. Moyes does an excellent job of weaving a beautiful story, filled with laughter and tears. I like to call this one "The Fault in our Stars" for adults - so have a lot of tissues on hand. It is easy to read, and really grabs you until the last page. It deals with some difficult issues, that even now are still being discussed. It is worth the read, and it's a memorable one.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Favorite Quote: “All I can say is that you make me... you make me into someone I couldn't even imagine. You make me happy, even when you're awful. I would rather be with you - even the you that you seem to think is diminished - than with anyone else in the world.” 

Recommended for people who enjoy: Sad romances, hard choices, love, quadriplegia and inspiring endings

Happy reading,