Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

'Me_Before_You'Book: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Pages: 481

Genre: Adult novel, Realistic fiction

Series: Book 1

Published by: Pamela Dorman Books/Vikings

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

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.

 

My review:

“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?

Xoxo, Nina

 

Fifty Bookish Questions 

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog! On here I’m going to blog about everything that has to do with books but I’m sure you’ve already guessed that from the title.

I’m Nina, I’m 18 years old and I love reading and writing books. I decided to make this blog after having had my bookish Instagram @theeenchantingbooks for a few months now.

I actually didn’t know what my first post on here should be about; but then I found this awesome bookish questions tag on mylittlebookblog.com and thought that this would be a great way to tell you all a little more about my reading habits.


1. What was the last book you read?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

2. Was it a good one?

It was one of the best books I’ve ever read and it made me cry my eyes out.

3. What made it good?

The main characters, their story, the topic of the book – literally everything.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

YES! I’d recommend it to everyone.

5. How often do you read?

If I’m not in a reading slump, I try finding time to read a few chapters every day.

6. Do you like to read?

Of course I do.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

I don’t actually remember. I think I haven’t read a book I’d call bad in a very long time. But the first book that came to my mind was actually Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

8. What made you dislike it?

Well, I absolutely loved Divergent, but I was already having trouble getting through Insurgent because I just felt like she could have ended the series after 1 1/2 books. However, there was no chance I would’ve ever been able to get through Allegiant. I just didn’t like the plot and felt like she just wanted to find something to write about (I’m not trying to be mean.).

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes and no. I love writing and have already written an entire novel and a few short stories which I have published on Wattpad. But I don’t think I’m good enough at it to be a published author.

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

Yea, there have definitely been lots of books that have influenced me even though I couldn’t name all of them right now. I just feel like reading in general has always been a huge influence on me and my life.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

I’ve read a few ones in my life, not because of the celebrities or the fandom but because those had great plots and were well written. But usually I don’t read fan fiction.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

No.

13. What’s your favorite book?

I honestly don’t have an answer to this question. There are lots of books out there I love and I couldn’t name all of them but some examples are the Harry Potter series, Me Before You, The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments and The Fault in our Stars.

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Like I’ve said before, it’s definitely Alligeant by Veronica Roth.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

I love my kindle and I love how I can just purchase a book and then it immediately is on the device but I still prefer owning physical copies of the books I love.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was 5. My parents always used to read to me but they always stopped reading after a few chapters because they said it’s enough even though  I just wanted to know what would happen next. And so I just began reading the books myself.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

Either “Thirteen Reasons Why” or “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Definitely Harry Potter. It was the first book series I’ve ever read, I read it a million times and it was the first book series I’ve ever read in a foreign language. I will forever be a potterhead.

19. Who is your favorite author?

J.K. Rowling, Cassie Clare or John Green.

20. What is your favorite genre?

Definitely YA.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
I really love Will from TID and Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes, that happens almost every time I read a book. Whenever I read, I feel like I’m a part of the story and am actually where the book is set.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Maybe The Fault in our Stars because I would like to know if Hazel survives somehow.

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

Divergent/Insurgent …

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

A few hours, a few days and sometimes even longer. It always depends on how much time I have and how much I like the book. If I really enjoy the book and have time to read, I literally only need a few hours.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

It really depends on how close to the books the final movie is. Usually, I love seeing everything “come to life” but sometimes the movie adaptions are just horrible and nothing like the book, that’s when I hate that a book has been made into a movie.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

There is a German book series called “The Diamond Series”. All three books from the series have been made into movies but the final movies were nothing like the book and had a completely different plot. They were horrible.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

The Harry Potter movies are awesome and so is The Fault in our Stars.

29. Do you read newspapers?

Ocassionally, but I have a news app on my phone and check it every morning. It’s the app of a big German newspaper.

30: Do you read magazines?

The only magazine I read on a regular basis is the SHAPE magazine.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

I usually prefer magazines.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yes, it’s my second favorite reading spot. My favorite one is my couch.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

No I don’t.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes I do, as long as I’m not driving myself but I guess that’s self-explanatory.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

I probably would if I liked taking baths, but for some reason I hate baths and always take a shower.

36. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, except if I don’t like the book (like lots of books I had to read for school).

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nope.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

On my couch, right below my roof window.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Only if there’s a lot going on in my life. If that’s the case, I always have to think about all the things I still have to do and can’t concentrate on a book.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Yes, if it’s not silent I always start focusing on other things.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My entire family. Except for my dad, my sister and one of my granddads, my entire family loves to read. My mom started buying me a lot of books when I had learned how to read and we went to the library on a regular basis.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

I’m currently reading Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and the next book on my TBR list is Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

When I was like 6 or 7, quite soon after having learned how to read. I just loved reading and spent every free minute of my life reading books.

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

When I was a child I was only reading German books and honestly can’t remember any of the authors’ names.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Cassandra Clare – she just seems to be such a nice person and I love her books so much.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Maybe John Green.

47.What book have you reread the most?

The Harry Potter books.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Books that have been around for a very long time and have been read and loved by several generations of readers.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Books that make children love reading. Nowadays most children love watching TV or spending time on the Internet and I feel like children have just stopped appreciating books and the things they can teach us.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t actually think there are any books that should be banned from schools. As long as the books are suitable for a young audience, they’re books that can be read in school.

And that’s the end of the tag. I hope you liked it and are following my blog from now on.

Xoxo, Nina