BLURB:

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.

 

LITERARY AWARDS:

  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee For Fiction (2013)

 

MY REVIEW:

Wow …

Heading into this book, I was aware that it was a tearjerker. However, I somehow envisioned a lighter read than this.

Not to say that I was disappointed; I was completely in love with the novel and its characters. I believe that Jojo Moyes has put a lot of time and research into creating a topical plot; while also portraying the story as fairly and truthfully as possible. Moyes has highlighted quality of life issues and the idea of living to ones’ potential. Additionally, through the plot Moyes has established a good argument for and against Dignitas as well as assisted suicide.

Ultimately, Me Before You was an insightful and entertaining read. However, I didn’t care for Louisa’s family. I found them to be quite cruel to their oldest daughter; who, by the way, happened to be the family’s main provider.

To put it simply, I binge read “Me Before You” in just over a day. I could not seem to put it down.

All things considered, It is fair to say that this book is one that will be sticking with me for some time.

Next up, I will have to obtain a copy of the follow-up, After You.

MY RATING: 5 OUT OF 5

Published by Melissa Rose