Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
Goodreads Status Updates:
Page 76: “I really love Lou omg”
Page 179: “Officially hooked”
Page 241: “I can’t think of anything bad to say lmao literally I love everything about this book”
Page 439: “I don’t wanna leave it but I can’t keep my eyes open D:”
‘Hey Clark’, he said.’Tell me something good’.
I stared out of the window at the bright-blue Swiss sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other. And I told him of the adventures they had, the places they had gone, and the things I had seen that I had never expected to. I conjured for him electric skies and iridescent seas and evenings full of laughter and silly jokes. I drew a world for him, a world far from a Swiss industrial estate, a world in which he was still somehow the person he had wanted to be. I drew the world he had created for me, full of wonder and possibility.
There are not many fictitious things that make me cry. That’s right, I’m the heartless one who didn’t cry at The Fault in Our Stars…Sorry.
For me, my tears are provoked by real, and raw emotion; stuff that isn’t so obviously made up, and lives that people could actually be living.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is one of the few novels that managed to make me cry. Frankly, I cried like a baby.
By the end, I was a snivelling mess, because the characters were so real, and their emotions felt like my own. For the entirety of this book, I had adopted Lou’s story into my own life – I felt a tangible connection between the characters and myself. Their emotions were my emotions.
From the beginning, I knew this book was going to be great: we’re introduced to the story via an insight into Will Traynor’s former life, before it quickly switches to the quirky perspective of Louisa Clarke. Already, I am laughing at her tone, appreciating the wit filling every sentence. Already, I feel a connection to the protagonist, something that I see as very important in a good book.
Personally, I like to be able to relate to the perspective I’m reading from, and understand their struggles; I understood Lou as if she was a hidden part of me, as if she’s a secret section of my soul.
If anything, though, it felt like Lou understood me. Obviously, that was Jojo Moyes, but I am in awe at her ability to craft such a dynamic character.
On the other hand, Will Traynor. I loved how he wasn’t as you’d expect him. He was middle-aged and bitter and resentful, and that just made the story so much better. The banter that existed between Lou and Will was admirable, and heart-warming to peruse.
These spirited characters coupled with the energetic pace of the book caught my attention, and I struggled to put this novel down, abandoning my responsibilities to just sit and read.
In terms of pace, this novel was charged with twists and turns, up and downs, and never slowed. There was always something happening, something to root for, or listen to, or learn about the characters.
I was never bored, never counting the pages until the end of the chapter, and always eager to discover the fates of these characters.
I won’t go into detail with the plot, because I felt it was an experience in its own to follow along the story without having any idea of what was going to happen. In the way that the characters reflect real people, the plot reflects a story that could actually happen – perhaps even has already.
Overall, this novel reaches from light-hearted to heart-rending, back and forth again and again. I haven’t read a book this emotional in years, and I haven’t felt this affected by a story ever. Thus, I awarded it a solidly deserved 5/5 stars, and would recommend to people who enjoy romance books with a twist.
But please, don’t be put off by the attention surrounding this book a the moment, and don’t believe it is just another sappy love story, a rehash of The Fault in Our Stars.
There is so much more to this story than a box of tissues.
Now we just have to wait for the movie. Watch the trailer below – if that doesn’t make you want to read the book, I don’t know what will!
I just love the casting choices!