Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | Review

March 21, 2016 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 5 Comments

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | ReviewMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)
by Jojo Moyes
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Pages: 369
Format: Paperback
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5 Stars
Source: Purchased

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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I’m going to go ahead and try to write this review without bursting into tears. I’m not sure how that will go but I’m hoping for the best here. Okay, where do I even start? I don’t even know how to put into words how much I liked this book. The thing is I was putting off this book for so long because of all the hype it’s getting. I mean this book is all I’ve been seeing in all of my social medias, specially after the trailer release so that took a little of my excitement from this book. Plus I was avoiding books or movies with loads of emotional investment for a little while and believe me this book did exactly that. I am emotionally drained. I have been in a happy streak ever since I finished this book. I have been watching and reading cutesy, romantic things since I finished it yesterday. But let me explain to you guys, my reasons for loving this book:

  • The story- This book has one of the most thought provoking stories I have read in a while. I was completely engulfed in the story and I found myself constantly thinking about what it would be like to be in the position of these characters, Will having to live his life paralyzed and in constant pain and sickness and Louisa knowing what she knows and her role in this whole thing. It was light and witty at the beginning and then shit hits the fan and everything just spirals into an emotional tornado. I will admit that the story is SLOW but never boring or uninteresting.



  • Characters- WILL AND LOUISA ARE OTP!! FOREVER! Don’t fight me on this one okay. They complemented each other so well. Their chemistry and interactions are one of the best parts of this book. Both of these characters have so much depth and complexity. Honestly Jojo Moyes did an amazing job writing this characters and their story. Will is one moody bastard and nobody can deny that but his story and character are so well written and developed that the way he is and the way he treats the people in his life makes sense and it’s realistic. For me Will was one of those learned to love situations cause for most of the book, I wanted to smack him. And Louisa Clark. Lord! Louisa is not your typical woman. She is such an amazing female character and she grows so much in the spam of 369 pages. Her personality and her character growth are one of the best I have read in a long, LONG time.
  • The writing style- Right from the start I could tell how well-written this book is. I love the way Jojo Moyes writes. She is able to write in a light, precise way but the same time manage to give the reader so much depth and feeling. What I mean is that her story doesn’t feel forced or overly detailed. This story was realistic, thought provoking and captivating all at once.

I really loved this book and I would recommend this to anyone. LISTEN if this sounds like something you are interested in, please PICK IT UP.

P.S. I saw the trailer for the movie before reading the book and I was moved by it. Like it’s emotional regardless of having read the book or not. But I watched it again after reading the book and I cried. I had no control of my tears. The trailer looks perfect. I honestly believe this movie adaptation will be amazing. Sam Clafin and Emilia Clarke are two of my favorite actors and they make the perfect Will and Lou.

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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5 responses to “Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | Review

  1. sam

    I am in tears just reading this review, and thinking about this book. It’s just, that when I think about what Lou did. How his needs were put above her needs. That’s love. It’s the feels that keep on giving…forever. I don’t know if I will be able to see this film in the theater.

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