Book review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

mebeforeyouTitle: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars

Daniela’s review

I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved reading it and getting to know these beautiful and layered characters.

“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”

As you all may know, Me Before You is the story of two people finding each other in really particular circumstances. Lou just lost her job and is desperate to find something, anything to help her family. Will had it all, up until one day when he lost it all, or at least everything he thought was worth living for. But this book will tell you or remind you that there’s always some kind of light in this dark tunnel, and it will come when we least expect it.

When I first heard about this book, I went and read the blurb and it scared the hell out of me. I thought this was going to be one of those books that breaks your heart and soul, you know? The kind that rips everything apart and it’s actually hard to get it all back together once you’ve finished reading it. So I didn’t read it. And I didn’t read it when one of my friends told me I needed to read it. But when the movie trailer came out and I saw Finnick, ok, Sam, playing Will, I knew I needed to get past my fear and just read it. I can’t tell you how much I love him (Sam). And then, we had a brunette Khaleesi playing this colorful and silly character. Of course I needed to read it before the movie came out. So, I did. And yes, I liked it, but I didn’t quite looooooooved it.

There’s something about books and movies that everyone raves about how good they are and how heartbreaking it will be and how much of an experience it is to read/watch them… that most of the time, when I finally get to them I just don’t feel like everyone else. The hype is not as strong as it is for everyone else and that turns out to be a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and scary and frustrating and happy and sand and I enjoyed reading it, but I can’t say it marked my life. I moved on easily and I’ll admit I didn’t cry. Sure, my eyes teared up once or twice, but that was petty much it, there wasn’t ugly tears running down my face and me screaming “WHY JOJO, WHY?”.

So now you know. I told you guys the truth about how I felt after I finished the book. Now, I’m going to tell you my thoughts on the book itself. I loved getting to meet Will. I always fall pretty easily with the guys in the stories, because I’m always able to see their love and their concern for the girl. In this case, you can’t possibly see it right away because Will is completely broken and he’s just tired of everything his life has become, so yes, he’s kind of an ass. But the beautiful thing about Will is that even though he’s exhausted of everything and everyone, there’s a part of him that still sees good, and he sees it in Lou, sees her potential and everything she could be, if only she gave herself a chance. He once had it all and he knows how much she could do, be, if only she saw a little bit farther than the castle, if only she took a little more risks. I can’t possibly know how it must feel to be in his position, so I had this inner battle, but I saw his pain, because Jojo made it easy to see it, his frustration and his need to be the guy he once was. Then we have Lou. She’s this quirky kind of girl, who dresses in funny and colorful clothes and well beyond that, she’s kind. She’s too kind and that can be frustrating at times because her kindness often stopped her and wouldn’t let her stand up for herself. It seemed like she was only able to stand up for herself in front of Will, because she could only truly be her when she was with him. I liked her, especially when she was with Will. He pushed her and encouraged her to do what she never thought she was able to do and he opened her eyes to a whole new world full of possibilities. That I loved.

“All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.”

I can’t say I liked her family or Patrick. Her sister was the most selfish and spoiled sister I’ve ever met. Her mother was way too closed minded and focused only on what Treena wanted. The only other person I liked in that family was Lou’s dad, even though he always kept his distance from deep life stuff. But I liked him, because when he needed to step up, he did.

So, yeah. It won’t make it to my favorite books list, but I enjoyed it. It was a good book and I don’t regret reading it.



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