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Review: ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

Review: ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo MoyesMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Published by Penguin Books on December 31st, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover
Source: gift
five-stars
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.

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review

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Lou lives her life in the most simple way, working at a coffee shop, living at home with her parents, grandpa, older sister and nephew presents a challenge in their small home, but she’s learned to make it work. When the coffee shop and works at ends up closing, she’s stuck with being unemployed and finding a suitable job. That job is a caregiver to a paraplegic Will who loses function in almost all parts of his body except his arm and face. What starts off as an innocent job turns into one of love where life and death are literally at ends.

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I didn’t know what to expect with this, all I knew was that it might be a sad book. Though I didn’t cry, I did tear because most of all you were gunning for something other that brutal ending. I can understand why it was done but gosh, my heart is still broken 🙁 I loved the characters. Here are all these wonderful flawed characters who are simply broken and finding each other just makes them better. I loved this romance. It’s unlike any I’ve read because there’s no instant love at all, just instant dislike. That for me presents more of a challenging romance and I always love how the Moyes weaves in problems at every turn. I liked Lou and her ability to be sunny and bright while Will is a true pessimist. Not like you can blame him for all the pain that he’s in. I pretty much disliked Patrick so that would be interesting to see how Matthew Lewis would play him.

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Here’s a book that will pull at your heart and then rip it to pieces at the end. People warned me so I was ready but still.. I wasn’t ready for the onslaught of emotions..Jojo Moyes has the ability to make you care about her characters that they become so real and memorable. Loved this one..I’m still broken by that ending.. Why oh why do adult books need to be so realistic.. *sighs* Me Before You will have readers crying for more closure even if it’s something we all knew at the get-go. This is one sad depressing read but it’s so full of heart that you need to pick it up and see for yourself.


quotes

How could I explain to this man how much I wanted to work? Did he have the slightest idea how much I missed my old job? (15)
I hadn’t thought that as well as the obvious fears about money, and your future, losing your job would make you feel inadequate, and a bit useless. (15)
You know, you can only actually help someone who wants to be helped. (51)
You did what everyone else does. You decided for me. (152)
You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible. (194)
You are prettying the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning. (265)
Why is this not enough for you? Why am I not enough for you? (329)

reading progress

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rating

5/5

five-stars

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