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.
Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication Date: 5th January 2012
Series: Yep. Joyo Moyes published the second book last year.
Soooooo….the movie came out….I WANNA WATCH IT *sad face*
This book is told from the perspective of our main character, Lou Clark. She’s generally a cheerful, crazily creative and colourful person. I mean that literally. She likes to wear the weirdest of clothes. Like….black and yellow striped tights…green glittery tights… Help me. I’m a bit conflicted about her actually. Do I like her? At times, she strikes me as childish and naive but then at times, it shows that she actually drinks and has sexy sexy fun times. The narrative felt inconsistent to me, with switches from stupid kiddie fights as adults and just outright innocent/naive/kiddie parts to suddenly parts with arguing and make up sexy sexy fun times. Except that it wasn’t fun.
Will is suicidal and the entire book is spent looking at that and how on earth anyone is going to save him. After an accident that has left Will – a crazy rich dude that did everything – stuck in a wheelchair and unable to do anything for himself. I can’t be bothered to write more. Basically. The characters don’t really have that much depth to them. They’re exactly what they appear to be.
The other characters don’t do anything major, apart from Nathan…who is there to just lift Will and attend to his other needs that our main character Lou cannot do because it may ruin the cutesy book. Is the book cutesy? I can’t figure out whether the book is supposed to be heartwarming and cute or depressing.
Like I said, the entire book is about a suidcidal quadriplegic and Lou. Lou is Will’s carer/someone-hired-to-cheer-him-up-and-make-sure-he-doesn’t-kill-himself. For a romance novel, this was hilarious. NOTHING – and I repeat, NOTHING happens until over halfway through the book. The weirdest (and most off-putting thing) about this novel, was the fact that up until a certain point, Will completely ignores Lou and basically, things are awkwaaaaard and they don’t talk. THEN SUDDENLY AND MAGICALLY…They become besties, watch films together and BOOM. Things pick up.
The prologue is horrible. It’s written in present tense and in the 3rd person narrative. The writing style was horrible and I couldn’t take it. It was torture and I honestly put the book down and did not pick it up for 2 days after reading the first 2 pages. (Though to be honest, that might also be due to the fact that I had a load of essays then.)
I picked the book up again, got past the prologue (I should be rewarded with cake, more specifically Tiramisu for that) and carried on. The rest of the book was really different and actually made more sense and didn’t make me want to papercut myself to death. The rest WAS NORMALITY AND I COULD READ.
My biggest gripe? WHAT THE HELL IS A CHINESE KIMONO?? I nearly threw the book right there. What. The. Hell. Is a Chinese Kimono? If you don’t get it, then let me give you a cultural lesson.
Now do you get it??? You can’t even say that they look similar, because THEY. DO. NOT.
Cute read with darker moments thrown in. I didn’t start enjoying myself till like, nearly halfway in. Once things get going, the conversations between characters, thoughts and observations made by Lou can sometimes hit you and you’re able to understand them a lot more. This book isn’t a book I was sucked in right away, but it was more of a book that slowly dug its nails into me and wouldn’t let go. The ending did not move me like it did with many people, but it made me sad and also made me think.
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
- Some funny parts
- Hits you hard in the feels at points
- Horrid prologue
- The culture issues…
- Not a great deal of depth/consistency to characters
Rating: 3.3 Stars – See my rating system.
Recommended for: Those that want a book with disabled people in. Those that watched the movie and those that have run out of contemporaries to read.
Did you read it? If so, what did you think? And have you seen the movie? I desperately want to!