Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review #649 - Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes


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.

This was a book that I knew what the ending was going to be from the outset - not only was the name of the sequel (which happened to be printed on the cover of my edition) a massive tip off, but it just followed the trend of similar type books. 

The main difference with this book from the others was that I was actually really accepting of the ending of this one which really surprised me. 

The book starts with Will's accident and then carries on with him struggling with the transition from being a really active guy to being stuck in a wheelchair. 

The accident hurts Will as much mentally as it did physically and when he shows no signs of improvement in either, his positive thinking mother hires Lou as a carer. 

I loved that this novel delved into Will's family so it gave a broader view of how his accident affected everyone in his life. 

Lou was such a bright, yet lost character. She tries to hide behind her eccentric wardrobe. Her family were loving yet very dysfunctional. 

The relationship between Lou and Will was rather slow paced, and I never really grasped the 'romantic' spark between them. I really did enjoy their friendship though. 

I have yet to see the film adaptation of this book which I am really interested in seeing as none of the actors are really what I pictured for the characters. 

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