Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: January 5th 2012 by Michael Joseph (UK)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 5/5
“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life–or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window–is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”
“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.”
When Me Before You was chosen as The Literary Lions BOTM for March, I was a little sad. It wasn’t a book I ever actually wanted to read if I had the choice. I always appreciated Jojo’s books from afar, admiring her choice of matching paperbacks across all of her books. If anything, I wanted to own them simply to bring beauty to my shelves.
But in agreeing to be part of these book clubs, I made a decision to read along. Even if I’d rather not. So I gave in, and then I joined the movie hype and watched the trailer, which alone destroyed me. Before I knew it, I was on the bandwagon and diving head first into Feelsville, preparing for the inevitable tears I had been warned were to come.
What I wasn’t warned about was how gut wrenching this book could be.
We are given a main character, Lou, who is basically all of us. She’s unusual and she certainly doesn’t have it all put together. She has to deal with being the shadow behind a “perfect” sister, help take care of her parents and family, even if it means sacrificing her happiness, and all the while she gets made fun of by everyone.
Louisa is haunted by a tragic past, she’s in a relationship that has lost its spark, and then the one thing that made her happy, her job at a tea house, is gone. And this quirky, confused, and sometimes strange girl still holds a heart of gold.
And then she’s thrust into the world of Will Traynor, and what does she do? She gets her emotions out, buys a calendar, and sets out to change someone’s life. Even while her’s is slowing crushing her with the burden of his secrets. If there ever was a woman to look up to in literature, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Louisa Clark.
I’m not kidding, my heart is still hurting as I write this.
The ending sucked, guys. And I mean that in a good way, I guess. My heart was ripped from my chest, stomped on, thrown outside in the cold for a few hours, and then gently stitched back in.
I can so easily feel. I’m a feeler, just ask Myers Briggs. And this one had me feeling every single emotion on the face of this planet, and then some that I’m sure only aliens can feel.
I just can’t give away details, because if you don’t know what’s behind this book, like I didn’t, then it makes it so much stronger. This book is the definition of “I can’t even.”
All I can tell you is that you need to read it. Take a weekend, a rainy day, or a couple nights alone, and just let it steal you away. I hate recommending that you get your heart broken, but I’m recommending you get your heart broken. Lou Clark is a beauty in striped tights, Will Traynor is a lost soul saving a lost soul, and Patrick will be played by Neville Longbottom in the movie, so why would you avoid this book?
And please, let me know what you think of it, the movie, all the feelings. Because I’m still reeling from mine!