Book: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Adult novel, Realistic fiction
Series: Book 1
Published by: Pamela Dorman Books/Vikings
Rating: 5/5 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.
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
I literally didn’t have to think twice about giving this book 5 stars. “Me Before You” is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read and I honestly regret not having read it earlier.
A friend of mine gave this book to me as a birthday present about three years ago but I never actually read it mainly because I didn’t like that friend’s taste in books. Due to that MBY has been standing on my bookshelf until it got a lot of new attention when it was made into a movie.
I began hearing a lot of good things about this book and so I put it on my TBR-list. But guess what? The book had been standing on my shelf the entire time and it took me until the beginning of this month to realize that the book called “An entire half a Year” was actually the German version of “Me Before You”.
Long story short, I read this book within two days and I would’ve probably been able to read it within a few hours if I didn’t still have to study for my oral a-level exam. It’s a very gripping read that captured my attention from the very first to the very last page and it literally gave me all the feels (I must admit that I wasn’t fully prepared for that.).
The book has two strong main protagonists, Louisa and Will, who are great characters that both have a mind of their own. They are not perfect in every way possible; they both have their quirks which make them real people just like you and me.
Surprisingly, they were the only two characters I liked. Usually I always like some of the secondary characters as well and I’ve also already read books that included secondary characters that I loved a lot more than the actual main characters.
MBY on the other hand didn’t feature any likeable secondary characters. The only character I could actually bear with was Will’s nurse Nathan; but even he did, and said, some things that bothered me a lot.
Anyways, he still wasn’t as bad as Louisa’s family which I would’ve killed during the first quarter of the book if I had had the opportunity. And he also wasn’t as bad as Will’s parents who were representing the cliché image of rich, arrogant people.
However, the worst of all was definitely Patrick; that guy was the biggest prick (excuse my language) ever. I would even kill that guy if we were the last two people on the planet. I wouldn’t even care if I were alone afterwards; I would just want to get rid of that idiot.
But even all these very unlikable characters couldn’t change the fact that I loved this book. After all, these characters just showed what reality is like. We all know people like Louisa’s family, Will’s parents or Patrick. They’re just like a lot of people we all have to deal with at some point of our life, there’s no one out there who only encounters nice people from the start until the end of their days.
But that’s the point of the entire book; it shows us what reality can be like. Not only are there people out there who have ignorant families or insensitive boyfriends, there are also people out there whose life has changed just as much as Will’s life.
MBY showed me how fast my life could change, how fast I could have to live a completely different life and that I should live in the moment and do the things I want to do. Tomorrow I might not be able to do them anymore.
It’s something we all have to realize; we could all suffer the same fate as Will and none of us are protected against such strokes of fate.
I think realizing this while reading the book was also what made me extremely emotional towards the end of MBY. It took me a long time to get through the last two chapters of the book because I had grown so attached to Will, that his situation moved me a lot.
This book made me cry, it made me cry a lot. It actually made me cry so much that I even had to put down the book at one point close to the end of it because I was just shaking so much.
I’m usually not a very sentimental person, the only movie that ever made me cry was “Marley & Me” and there have only been two or three books that ever made me shed a few tears.
“Me Before You” however, is the first book that ever made me cry my eyes out. I’m not lying when I stay that it took me an hour to fully calm down after having finished reading this book. It’s scary how close to reality this story actually is but it just made me appreciate my life even more.
It’s a beautiful book with an awesome story. It will most probably (99%) make you cry but even if you don’t want to cry, you should still read it if you haven’t read it yet.
Thank you Jojo Moyes for writing this awesome book and thank you for being the first author to ever make me cry my eyes out because of a book. I don’t like crying but I liked crying over MBY!
What did you guys think about Me Before You? Did you like it as much as I did?