Book Review || Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Book Review Me Before You

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There has been a lot of hype about Me Before You. Mostly due to the fact the film was released last year. I can only imagine that often happens when favoured books become scripts and most avid readers will attest that the book was better. Though I can’t imagine having a film made is negative for the original author at all…!!

Still, I have been meaning to read this novel for ages, and pretty much refused to see the film before I had (yep, I’m one of those “book was better” folk! Having promised my friend and fellow Plymouth blogger Emily a borrow of I Let You Go in return for her copy of Me Before You, we finally remembered to swap and I’m glad I did!

The official film blurb gives you an adequate premise for the story:

Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.

The premise for the book actually sounds a bit naff if you ask me, but once you’ve read it, it does describe the story quite well.

Now, this wasn’t quite as hard hitting as I had expected, and it did touch on chick lit a little more than I thought it might. Knowing a little about the story before I started made me think strongly of a film I remember seeing on the BBC “A Short Stay in Switzerland”. Now if you haven’t seen this one I highly recommend it. Julie Walters is unbelievable and it’s one of the hardest things to watch (I was pretty much in tears for the entire second half and that’s really not like me!), but boy did it widen my perspective on euthanasia!

Though we’re talking about Me Before You here, and I have a tenancy for getting distracted!

The story was told well and was heartfelt. I liked the change in narrator and perspective and the ending (no spoilers here folks) but honestly, I also thought it was a little unrelatable. Not that I’ve ever been in such a situation, but just that the characters didn’t have a huge level of depth and the plot didn’t have any significant shocks or twists. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it didn’t leave me pondering over it for days afterwards like some of my favourite stories have. A good one for a holiday read, but if you’re after something that won’t let you put it down, this one just wasn’t gritty enough for me.

Rating: 6.5/10

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  • I understand what you mean, but I absolutely loved this book! It definitely brought me to tears and really made me think about a few things – I also quite liked the characters and plot but I get what you mean about it being a tad idealistic! This film sounds really good – I absolutely adore Julie Walters and can imagine she’d be simply brilliant, so thanks for the recommendation!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • I totally expected it to, I cry a lot more easily in books than in films, but actually I didn’t think it was as intense as I expected. I did like the characters and plot though so I’m still glad I read it! If you do watch a short stay in Switzerland, it’s one to get the tissues out for! xxx

  • Yes, this books belongs into everyone’s shelf. Really enjoyed it, really emotional I remember.
    x finja | http://www.effcaa.com

    • I’m glad I read it, and now I’d quite like to see the film – have you watched it? xxx

  • Abi Street

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve read One Plus One by Jojo Moyles and that was amazing! I’d definitely recommend that x

    Abi | abistreetx

  • I haven’t read it but I did see the movie. It made me cry rather a lot!

    • I’m quite looking forward to seeing the film now I’ve read the book, I have heard good things! xxx

  • I might have given it an extra half point or point, but I’m in agreement with you here! I flew through it quickly and would look forward to being able to pick it up again, but it is a touch more chick-lit-ish (?!) than I was expecting and I also found the premise a bit naff. Still, it made me cry, I saw the film and then also read the sequel, so I can’t say I didn’t like it! Perhaps it just wasn’t written with as much depth as I might have hoped. Definitely going to have a look for A Short Stay in Switzerland, although I expect it will have me in bits…
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to now read the sequel, and I’d also like to see the film, but it just didn’t leave me thinking about it for days afterwards, and that to me is the sign of a book I really like. It may have been reading it sporadically as it’s been a bit disjointed with reading time since the move, but although I enjoyed it, it didn’t grip me or make me cry like i expected it to! Have you got any brilliant recommendations you’ve read recently? xxx

      • I know exactly what you mean – I read it and then that was that. I’ve only actually managed a couple of books so far this year which is really strange for me, but one of them was Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain and I thought it was great. The cover and blurb didn’t really get me excited because it actually looked like chick lit but a friend from work lent it to me and I am SO glad I read it. It’s not a literary masterpiece but it’s well-written and researched and it made me cry and think! Aside from that I always recommend Engleby and A Week in December, both Sebastian Faulks or anything by Paul Auster or Margaret Atwood (quite a range haha)! Have you got any recommendations? I’ve not had much time for reading recently but I’ve resolved to make the time and I cant wait to get stuck into a book again xxx

        • Oh me too, i pretty much only manage to read for about 20 mins if it’s sunny (the one time I can escape the office and sit outside on the grass with a book) That’s pretty much what I look for in a book – one that grips me enough to think about it for a few days afterwards! I’ve read and really enjoyed Engleby, but don’t recall Paul Auster so maybe I’ll try some! The Handmaid’s Tale was a weird one, but pretty interestingly written, and I’m intrigued to see the TV show they’ve recently made! The best books I read last year were Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and I let you go by Clare Mackintosh. Both completely different, but I really haven’t had enough time to read, and at the moment I barely get through a book a month, whereas I have been known to get through multiple books a week! xxx