Book Review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
February 25, 2015
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 have been hearing great things about Jojo Moyes forever, but I had just not gotten around to reading any of her books. Now, I am a HUGE fan! It is so very rare that I give 5 star ratings on Goodreads, but this will be the second book this year that has earned this distinction.
The 5 Star Qualities
- Moyes delves into heavy issues, and presents differing views on these issues with a great deal of balance and compassion. The story makes you analyze your own beliefs regardless of where you stand on certain issues.
- This novel is full of emotion! It will make you smile, and you will definitely cry. You will feel love as well as disgust. You can name any feeling, and I’m sure you will feel it at some point.
- The characters of Will and Louisa are so well developed. They are so very different, but they end up working well together in the end. You may be annoyed with each one of them at different points, but you will end up loving both of them! You will remember them for a long time to come.
- The setting in a quaint town outside of London is delightful. Even though it doesn’t seem a place where I could actually live, I would love to visit it and hang out for a weekend!
- Moyes is another beautiful writer. I could always imagine the location the characters were at, and I always knew exactly how they were feeling.
This is another book where I really don’t see a downside. It may make you a little uncomfortable at points, but stepping out of your box is what makes you grow! If you haven’t read this book yet, I strongly encourage you to run out and grab it soon! This is truly a winner!
Have you read Me Before You or any other books by Jojo Moyes? Are the rest of her books as good as this one? What are your thoughts on this book?