Book Review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Series: Me Before You, #1
Pages: 369
First Published: January 5, 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
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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.


I’ve been so stuck up with my never ending reading list that’s why it took me this long to finally discover this amazing book. Well, I guess we should thank the trailer of its film adaptation eh? And also, for Emilia Clarke, which is popularly known as Daenerys.

Of course, I will never deny the fact that I was only interested to watch the trailer because of Clarke that even if its story wouldn’t be that great, I would still watch it. But thankfully, the story line got my attention and right there and then, my stalking mode flipped on. And because of it, I found out that it was based on a book! I instantly acquired a copy of this book, but unfortunately, my schedule didn’t allow me to read it sooner. But when I finally did, I was really excited.

As a routine, I didn’t read the sypnosis of this book when I started reading it, but I already know that Will (main male character) will die in here (such a bummer eh?). I never wanted to be a bummer but what I’ve just said will not hinder you to enjoy this story, promise!

I was a bit disoriented because I don’t know who’s who from who. Most of the characters in this book were introduced in bulk so it’s really hard for me to catch up, but in all fairness, my irritation were instantly wiped out when I finally able to grasp what’s this story is all about.

As you can see, I started this book not that impressed with it. The idea on what makes this book so popular to its readers is still a mystery to me. But this book somewhat slapped the realization right into my face into not judging the book until you finally understand what the story is all about. I really can’t contain how I love this story. I know I wasn’t able to enjoy its first few chapters but when did I ever had with other books that I’ve read eh? Haha

I really admire the author for making this story enjoyable, romantic and full of life lessons considering how sad and heartbroken the story plot is. Saying that, I really can’t help myself not be affected and feel so down whenever I thought of what happened to Will. My heart is aching that it makes me realize how short life is. This book also made me realize how I am missing life. I am thinking of those opportunities I’ve missed because I am so afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I might be bold when it comes to books, but now I realize I’m a big fat scared to move and step outside this little box I am in.

I also love how unique Will and Louisa’s love story is, though I have to admit that I wasn’t happy how their love story ended. I don’t know how to react on Will’s decision, but I am sure that I was really annoyed or should I say mad. I just thought it was a bit selfish, but thinking of his situation, I can’t help but just burst into tears.

I don’t really have any major complaints about this book because it was so cleverly and geniusly written. There are two or three words that I need to consult my friend Merriam D for its meaning but so far, it didn’t destroyed my reading experience. I know I was a bit disappointed on how Louisa and Will ended their love story but I was still happy because at least almost all of its characters was finally able to have a promising life especially, Lou. But to be honest, I’m still feeling down right now. Every time I think about this story, all I could think of is what happened to Will, which leaves me teary eyed.

For its characters, I was really thankful because even if it wasn’t introduced well in this story, there were only a handful of them, that’s why they’re so easy to keep track of after you finally able to get a hang on each characters roles. Also, this story has almost all the POV of its important characters though I was a little disappointed that Will’s POV isn’t in here.

On its main character, Louisa, I was really impressed with her. Though she had a not so pleasing past (well, all of us had been), I adore how hard she tried just to persuade Will to change his mind. I love how she loves her family and I adore how she fights for what she think is right.

For Will, well, what should I think? His character was so heartbreaking. I know I can’t be able to feel what he’s feeling, how hard it would be to wake up and found out that you can’t be able to do the things that you love to do. To always needing someone to do the things for you. I can’t sympathize enough of what the pain he is feeling, that every time I think about his situation, my heart feels like it was ripped off of me. I have to say that he was a bit selfish on his decision, but I really adored how he changed Louisa’s boring life. He transformed her as well as she transformed him.

I can’t count how many times I cried, well, it was sobbing actually. I can’t count exactly how many times I almost want to shout just to release my frustration. I thought my idea that Will’s going to die was wrong, because I thought he’s going to change his mind, but dang! I’ve been too attached in this book that I think I was one of the characters in it. That itself didn’t made me think twice to lit the raging 5 stars.

This story didn’t have any SPG scenes so I guess this is safe to read by anyone. Though I suggest you’ll get your tissue ready, because those tears of yours will sure come out. Can’t wait to read the second book, and see what will happen to Louisa.

There’s also some moral issues in this book, which is actually a big deal for me and I’m sure to others too, but I don’t wanna spoil my and your mood, so I guess I’ll just leave that to you to find out eh? So if you’re ready to start the weeping feast, read this book now, and please feel free to come back and share how you find the story.

Lastly, I have a little advice, don’t read this book when you are working or doing something important, because you’ll forget all about them and all of your focus would be in this book. *wink

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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