Me Before You: Book Review

Before you pick this book up to read, you better have nothing planned for the next few hours because reading this book will be the only thing you want to do. You better have some tissues in hand, even if you don’t cry in books. This book will make every reader cry.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Released: January 5, 2012

Pages: 481 (Paperback)

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.

About the Author: Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.

The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

What is Quadriplegia?

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Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost. Tetraparesis or quadriparesis, on the other hand, means muscle weakness affecting all four limbs. It may be flaccid or spastic.

What Happened?

Will Traynor lost his ability to do anything by himself due to a motorcycle accident, where he was hit. Will was a spontaneous, adventurous person and now his life has changed and he can’t do anything. He can’t even fed his own self. His mom Camilla went on a hunt for a person to be by Will’s side and Louisa is the person for the job.

Louisa’s parents rely on her for the income of the family. He dad recently got laid off and they were waiting to hear if anything was going to change on the situation. Louisa went to get the interview with Camilla, got the job and met Will for the first time.

The first time Will and Louisa met, Will was shy and quiet with Louisa was talkative and wondering about Will. The first few weeks was the same thing: Will kept to himself and really didn’t want Louisa’s help. Louisa really wanted to quit the job but her sister Katrina kept talking herself out of it. Louisa had to remind herself that she was doing this for her parents and she continued her job.

Lucky for Louisa, she didn’t need to worry about changing Will or giving him his medicines, unless she had to. Nathan, Will’s medical aid came daily to do all of that stuff. Nathan also allowed Louisa to have a half hour to eat every day and do whatever she wanted to do. Typically Louisa went into the town to let the two get their stuff down.

Will never called Louisa by her own name. Will always called her Clark, which was her last name. No matter where they went, her name was Clark. Louisa never really was bothered by it since the two of them were always going back and forth to each other. Will would say something and Louisa would say something back.

Alicia was Will’s girlfriend before the accident so when she and her boyfriend Rupert comes to Will’s home, he was interested to see what would happen. Louisa didn’t know what happened between all of them before she came over. Alicia tells Will that her and Rupert are going to be getting married. As soon they leave, Will wonders off and Louisa hears a crash. She rushes to Will and she finds a shelf with all kinds of pictures off the wall. Will tells her to leave it the way it is because he wants the pictures to be gone. Louisa then realizes that Alicia and him were together and she was the one in all the pictures.

The first time that Louisa drives Will the doctor, she was scared to drive too fast because she didn’t want anything to happen to Will. Lucky for her, Nathan was with her so she didn’t need to be alone on her first trip with him. She waited in the waiting room and she accidentally walked in on Nathan dressing Will. She walked out as fast as she could and she regretted walking in the room.

The weeks past and a routine began. Nothing really changed in the routine – including life at home for Louisa. Louisa gave part of the money she earned to her parents and saved a little for herself since she really wasn’t a big spender.

Louisa and Will begin to get more comfortable the more time they spent together, and the fact that they spent the night with each other. Will got really sick at night and they all decided that Louisa should be there because Will enjoys having her around. She gets to the house and watches Will when everyone else left to get some rest. Instead of leaving in the middle of the night, she fell asleep next to Will, and Camilla found them. Camilla got a little upset with her because of the whole thing but not enough to fire her.

Louisa told her sister almost everything. Katrina and Louisa were pretty close so when Katrina leaves to go to college, Louisa ask if she could take her old room. Katrina comes racing back to the house, telling Louisa that she could not do that. It happens anyway and Louisa makes the room better, by adding paint and cleaning everything. She does everything she can think to this room.

Georgina, Will’s sister comes rushing into the house one of the days while Louisa was there. She comes into the house and she begins to yell. Will’s parents and her go into the other room and they begin to talk about the whole 6 months contract. Louisa was over listening to the whole conversation when she found out that Will wanted to die on August 18. Louisa finds out that Will has contacted the Dignitas (a place in Switzerland where they will kill you with your agreement). Louisa wants to quit her job but she really doesn’t want to. Camilla talks her into staying with the family and raising her payment a little more. Louisa.

For Louisa’s birthday, her parents wanted to finally meet this wonderful Will she works for. Louisa thought that Will wouldn’t be into something like that but Will actually wants to go. Will goes to the party and Louisa’s boyfriend, Patrick, gets really jealous and upset. Patrick doesn’t like what everything she is doing with Will and doesn’t want her to do this anymore.

Katrina begins to spend more and more time at the house so the room situation changes – Katrina gets her old room back and Louisa moves in with Patrick. Will suggest that she moves into their house but she doesn’t agree with it.

Since Louisa knows about the whole suicide, she wants to convince Will to live longer. She begins to make plans to take him to see things he hasn’t seen before. The first trip was see a horse race with turned into a epic fail since everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The wheelchair got stuck in mud, her horse lost (got 6th) and the restaurant she wanted to go to didn’t let her in.

The rest of the trips became less planned and a lot freer. Not a lot of planning went into them, until Will and Louisa go to a violin concert. Louisa really wasn’t a big fan of the classical music scene but she really enjoyed the concert. Will wanted to take some time and pretend that he was normal again. He didn’t want to be in the life that he is in.

Will received an invitation to Alicia and Rupert’s wedding. At first, he tells Louisa to throw it but she doesn’t do it. When the day comes for the wedding, Will decides that he wants to go to the wedding, with Louisa. Louisa agrees to go and for once, Will was enjoying himself. Louisa got a little and Will liked seeing drunk Louisa. They both decide to stay another day in the city of the wedding. They get back to Will’s house and Will comes down with AD. Nathan cares for him and nurses him back to health.

Patrick and Louisa begin to have some problems in their relationship when she tells him that she can’t go to his big race event since she has to go on a big trip with Will. Patrick tries to make it up to her with a big dinner but that doesn’t cut it. So when Will gets pneumonia, she moves in with the Traynor’s

She stays with Will until he gets better. Since his due date is coming up, she figures something out to get him to the resort. Even though Will’s mom doesn’t want him to go, he still goes, and Louisa pays every single penny.

It was the best week of all of their lives. They went swimming, to the beach, and out to the ‘club’. On the last day, Will and Louisa share their first kiss. Will begins to apologize to her, saying that he is not the man that she wants to have and no matter what, he isn’t going to change his mind Louisa gets really mad and wants nothing to do with Will. She doesn’t go back to work. That was the last time she was ever going to see Will.

Louisa didn’t leave her room for three days and only one person knew why, Katrina. Louisa finally tells her parents the whole story and none of them could believe what they were hearing. Someone from the news paper returns to the house asking Louisa about Will. She starts to believe that he is dead. Camilla calls Louisa up and tells her that she has arranged her to go to Switzerland. Louisa leaves as soon as possible.

Louisa arrives and the room was silent when she went to see Will. Will and Louisa say their final goodbyes and they share their final kiss. Louisa doesn’t even try to talk him out of the whole thing because it was his life. Not hers. That was the last time she ever saw him, in person.

With the money, Will arranged for Louisa to live a little. He sent her to Paris and in a letter, he reveals not only he wants her to have his money but for her to live a little in her life.

My Rating:

On Goodreads I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars but in reality, the book deserves like a 10 out of 5 stars. This book had everything that a good book needed. The plot twist, the good and bad characters, and the element of surprise. Something that this book had that most books don’t have is the value of emotions. This book makes you want to cry at some point of time and makes you want to laugh. The message behind the story – live your life to the fullest – plays out through the whole entire book and not once do you want to give up on this book. The book will make you sit down and not allow you to get up or eat until you finish it.

The Sequel:

After You (Me Before You, #2)

Title: After You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Released: September 23, 2015

Pages: 352 (Hardback)

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Have you read this book or seen the movie? Is this book like something you would read? What book are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Happy Reading,

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