Me Before You Book Review


Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books
Released: April 26th, 2016
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Pages: 369
Format: Paperback
Characters: Louisa Clark, Will Traynor, Camilla Traynor, Steven Traynor, Patrick, Bernard Clark, …



Synopsis (Goodreads) :

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely 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.

My Review :

When I first watched the movie, I was telling myself, I may not need to buy the book. The movie was good but I didn’t think I’d be crazy about the book. So, I didn’t get it until I saw it on sale the other day. I flipped to the first page and oh boi, all the feels actually came creeping to me. Guess what? I bought it of course along with After You.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Reading this book was entertainig. It was funny, not boring at all, fast paced, very meaningful and I love how Lou and Will’s relationship developed. I’m always a fan of that kind of relationship, whereby they hate each other at first and then slowly fall in love with each other. Beautifully romantic, isn’t it? Like I said, since I’ve watched the movie and the book I bought is the movie tie in kind, I kinda expected most of the events but the feelings of reading it is totally different from watching the movie. There was this part where Lou told Will she loved him, at the beach and they kissed. Then, Will said she was not enough. That part when Lou was so upset about it, it felt different from the movie. Because one will not only need to interpret how mad she was at that time, also how confused she was with everything that happened in her life.

“I told him I loved him,” she said, her voice dropping to a whisper. “And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak . “How am I supposed to live with that?”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

I also adored the characters. They were genuine and lovely, especially the main characters, Will and Lou. They were both in pain and hurt. Even though Lou was always bubbly but deep inside, she struggled a lot. Her boyfriend did not understand her, her family sometimes put too much pressure on her, her dad made fun of her. All of that just took away her confidence but she was still strong and was so positive about her life. This is what she wish Will would have in himself, being content with his life, with the love he received. But Will couldn’t do just that, he had so much to deal in his life.

“I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

The ending was indeed a tear-jerker. It had so much impact to the whole story. It completed the book and gave it a perfect conclusion. I wouldn’t want to change a thing about the ending.

“You are scored on my heart,Clark. You were from the first day you walked in,with your ridiculous clothes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

If you’re a sucker for romance genre, go for this one. 😉

“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars


3 thoughts on “Me Before You Book Review

  1. I loved this book – I read it before the film came out and definitely agree it is worth a read even if you’ve seen the film. ‘After You’ was okay, but I felt ‘Me Before You’ was a poweful book on its own and didn’t really need a sequel.


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