BOOK REVIEW: Me Before You – by Jojo Moyes

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Title: Me Before You
(Me Before You #1)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
First published: January 5th 2012
Finished reading: February 15th 2016
Pages: 369
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“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

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It seems like everybody is reading or rereading this book right now! I’ve heard so many great things about it and I know everyone including my neighbor’s cat loves this story, but I guess I am one of those unlucky few who wasn’t blown away with Me Before You. Yes, I do have a heart and I thought the ending was heartbreaking. It is an interesting enough story and I like the general idea of the plot, but that doesn’t take away that I had some minor problems with it. I know part of the disappointment itself comes from the fact that I had really high expectations of this novel by Jojo Moyes before I started it, but that doesn’t change the fact that I thought the main character Lou is annoyingly ignorant at some points in the story. I do like Lou and I can actually relate to her partially (especially the not being afraid to be different than the stereotype), but her expecting to change Will’s mind without asking him if he wants to? And organizing all those outings without thinking it through and asking will first if he likes those things in the first place? I’m sorry to say those facts and other more day-to-day things started to get on my nerves. Will’s character is more complicated to judge and I give him the benefit of the doubt, but Patrick is a man I seriously can’t stand. And yes, I would totally order cheesecake in a bar full of health freaks like Lou did and I’m not afraid to admit it. Another thing that seriously bothered me was the pace, or at least it took me ages to actually finish it. It might just be that the read wasn’t for me, but I just couldn’t understand the hype around it… But Me Before You won’t be the first nor last hyped book that doesn’t live up to my expectations anyway. So if you like the genre, don’t let my slightly negative review discourage you!

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Lou Clark is living a comfortable and predictable life living in a small town with her parents and sister. Lou has been in a relationship with Patrick for years, but somehow they never decided to take the next step. She also loves her job working in The Buttered Bun tea shop… But everything changes as the owner decides to close the shop and Lou is left without a job. She is desperately trying to find another job, especially since her parents and sister count on the money she earns to keep things afloat. She has tried all kinds of jobs already when the opportunity comes up to work as a caretaker for Will Traynor. Will has been in a motorcycle accident that took away his movability and desire to live… His mother wants to hire Lou to show him that his life can be worth living, but what Lou doesn’t know at first is that she has a deadline: if she doesn’t convince Will in six months, his parents will have to assist him in ending his life. Will Lou be able to chance Will’s mind?

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I’m not saying Me Before You is a bad read; it’s a great story even though I had some problems with the characters and pace. I’m not sure if it was just me or if the story reads slow for everyone, but it took me a long time to actually finish it. The fact that Lou’s actions were starting to become annoying at points didn’t help either… And lastly, I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but I felt the story kind of gave the negative impression that it’s easy just to give up on life if something bad happens to you. Still, Me Before You was good enough for me to want to read the sequel some time in the future.

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28 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Me Before You – by Jojo Moyes

    • I guess everybody is trying to read it before the movie comes out… For me it was a bit overhyped, but I know most people seem to absolutely love this book. I hope you do as well!

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  1. This is on my TBR, if only to read it before watching the movie. A coworker really enjoyed it and I’m curious since everyone and their mother seems to be reading or talking about it 🙂

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  2. It actually puts me off reading a book if there’s a lot of hype around it as they almost never live up to it. Thankfully I read Me Before You a couple of years ago so I did really love it. I will say though Jojo Moyes books do tend to be a little on the slow side and it often takes a while for them to grip me.

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    • I don’t like reading hyped books normally either, but I decided to give Me Before You a go anyway to avoid spoilers from the movie… It might just be that I’m not really into the genre in the first place though, because I didn’t love her other novel The One Plus One either.

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  3. I feel that everybody but me has read the book. Everybody can’t stop saying wonders about this book. Glad I finally read a review that isn’t all praise and glory for the book. It keeps it real. I still feel I have to check his book out. I’ll keep it on TBR.

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    • It’s true I haven’t seen many not completely positive reviews out there, although I know I’m not the only one who didn’t love it. Me Before You is not a bad read, but not as good as the hype may makes you believe.

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  4. Hmm, sounds interesting, but not really my cup of tea.
    (Totally unrelated, but I love the quotes you put at the start of your reviews; they tend to be really great, even if I don’t want to read the book they’re from)

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    • I’m not really into the genre either so that might be part of why I didn’t like it as much as others… 😉 And thanks! I love hunting for good quotes when I’m reading.

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  8. Although I absolutely adored this book, upon reflection (and seeing the trailer) I actually agree with a lot of your points and it’s made me look at the novel on a different way. I still love the book but I love the points you’ve raised too and thought this was a great review 🙂

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    • Thank you! I’m glad my points made sense to someone who loves the book as well and it wasn’t just because it’s not my favorite genre that I didn’t like Me Before You as much as others. 🙂

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