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Book Review: Me Before You




"I had 117 days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live." 

If you haven't seen this book floating around the bookosphere, you must have been taking a hiatus from social media. Me Before You is probably featured on every bookstagrammers IG page and is set to hit theaters in June. So what are my thoughts? Is it worth all the hype?



AB-SO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!!! If you follow me on Twitter you've had front row seats to my real time responses to this novel. When I first purchased this book, I thought it would just be another boy meets girl, girl meets boy romance, but Moyes seemed bent on NOT being that predictable.

As I read this book, tears streamed down my face as the storyline was unveiled. Will and Louisa have a rough start and you're left to feel empathetic for both characters. On one end, there's Louisa Clark. She's just lost her job, has a pre-occupied boyfriend who isn't exactly a modern day Romeo, feels the weight of needing to work to help supplement her family's lack of income and more. What I love about Louisa is she's upbeat, unapologetically unique and chooses to be happy despite life's funky moments. 

And now she's been employed to care for acerbic, grumpy and bitter Will Traynor. But can you blame his less than bright eyed view of life? Will was a successful business man who lived a life on the fast track. His life was full of action and adventure, however a freak road accident leaves him to live his life as a quadriplegic. Will lived such a lively existence and now he's confined to a wheelchair completely dependent on those around him to survive. 

As Lou takes on caring for Will and trying to be as upbeat as possible, she overhears a secret that changes everything. 

This novel truly made me reevaluate the little gifts of life. The ability to feed myself. The ability to hug someone I love. The ability to come and go as I please. There were so many times I felt for Will! I could only imagine how many times he wanted to reach for Lou and couldn't. 

                                             


I suppose that is one of the things I loved most about this novel. It wasn't just about love when love is convenient. It was about love that surpassed convenience. It was about life and choice. 

Although it was a page turner from the beginning (I finished it in 2 days), I wasn't invested until halfway through. I did like the way Moyes wrote a few of the chapters from the POV of other characters in the story. It really contributed to getting a well rounded perspective of how others were affected. 

I wanted so desperately for the story to go one way and ... it just didn't. I don't want to give away any spoilers but gahhhhhhh! Go read it. It's heartbreakingly wonderful and truly has so many nuggets to chew on long after the final page. 

Literally what I felt by the end. This + boxes of Kleenex



Have you read this book? Do you plan to? 
What were your thoughts? 


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26 comments

  1. I've seen this book everywhere. I want to read it, but I'm just not in the mood for contemporary right now. Maybe once it starts getting warmer I'll give it a try. Anywho, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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    1. I'm a mood reader also lol There are several books I won't even touch depending on how I feel. Let me know how you like it when you do :)

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  2. This is one of my all time favorites!!! I loved Lou so much. I totally had tears - a lot of them!! Glad you enjoyed this too. Great review!!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, Lou was awesome. I loved her quirkiness :)

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  3. Fantastic review...I am so glad I finally listened before the movie..because we book lovers know the book is always better!!

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    1. Exactly! Lol I promised myself I would not see the movie until I'd read the text first. I hope the movie does it justice :)

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  4. I finally caved and bought a copy last month and I am super excited to read it! The tearjerker thing is so intimidating for me. I love em, but they take so long for me to work up the courage to read! LOL. Great review though and I love your blog! This is a first visit for me, and I am a new follower now! :D

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    1. I was intimidated by it being a tear jerker also. Who WANTS to cry? I made sure I didn't read it in public for that very reason lol

      and Thanks so much! I looove your blog name and page. Hope we connect more
      XOXO

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  5. I just read this and I did really like it, sad ending and all.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! The sad ending was heartbreaking but it was realistic. Life isn't always a "happily ever after" so I appreciated Moyes taking that route

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  6. I'm in line at the library for this book but it might be a few more weeks. I'm impatient! I was never really big on reading it until I saw the movie trailer which I've become obsessed with. I'm normally not a big fan of books that make me cry but this sounds too good to miss. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and that it didn't let you down!

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    1. Aww I'd lend you my copy if you'd like :) The trailer definitely pulled me in and the book did not disappoint. Hope the movie is just as good!

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  7. I've seen this movie around but it really isn't the kind of thing I'd normally read. Still, I've seen it around so many times and everyone seems to love it! Maybe I should give it a try... Great review :D

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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    1. You should! It's not my typical read but, like you, I was curious to see what they hype was about. It isn't my favorite book in the whole wide wonderful world (lol) but it was a good read :)

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  8. I really enjoyed Me Before You as well, Jenn, it was very well done, especially when it came to Will and the few choices he could still make.
    Great review :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  9. This book completely broke me! I read it back in February, and I still haven't been able to review it, but I'm definitely going to soon. I don't have alot of favorite couples, (I can literally count 3) but I adored Lou and Will's relationship. I just knew everything was going to happen the way I wanted it to by the end, but of course the author had to break my heart in two. I'm still not over what happened lol. Anywho, great review girl! I'm definitely going to stalk your posts more often :)

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  10. Oh gosh, this sounds like the fanfics/independent stories I used to read on Mibba. I never actually looked into it but it sounds like a good book. I'll be sure to look for it next time I'm out (if not, I'm 31st in line for it at the Library - I'll have it in no time!).
    Also the GIF feels are strong with this one.

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  11. Omigoodness, Jenn! I read this back in February and just like you, I had tears streaming down my face for most of it. It did make me think as well, re-evaluate so much in my life...the little things we take for granted. I adore Will and Louisa and my heart broke for them both. Fantastic review! :)

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  12. Loved reading your thoughts on this one, Jenn! I read this back in 2014 and it was one of my favorite reads of the year. I *love* all the renewed interest with the movie coming out. (And I feel like the casting could not be more perfect.) It was lovely and funny and heart-warming and heart-breaking. Back in February I read the follow-up After You and was so nervous about it. I was satisfied with how Me Before You ended (not happy, obviously, but satisfied) and I had my own thoughts about what became of Lou. I'm so glad I took a chance because what a remarkable story it was. Do you think you will read After You at some point?

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  13. I was 110% invested in this book and the relationship between Will and Louisa. The end, however, I was left looking for more answers! Cannot wait for the movie to come out (will they stick to the plot?!)

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  14. As we discussed on Twitter, this book just about killed me. I seriously sat in my bathroom at 2 AM sobbing - we are talking a full-on crying jag with hyperventilation and constant tears - for an HOUR after I finished reading it. I have never done this with a book before or since then. You would think that such a violent response would make me hate it. Instead, I absolutely adore it. However, I will not see the movie, nor do I want to read the follow-up novel. This is one of those times I want my images of Lou and Will to stand forever, and I do not care what happens to Lou in the end. I want that gorgeous, perfect, and utterly devastating ending to stand.

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  15. Ha, your review is so accurate. That last gif is most definitely me upon finishing this book. It was so good though. I am so glad I read it, despite the numerous warning of tears and heartbreak ahead. I read this in a day (I know, I'm an overachiever) but I agree that I wasn't truly gripped until halfway through, that's when everything changes. I am so glad I read it but it broke me a little bit for a few days.

    Have you read After You, yet? If you do I would love to know your thoughts as I had mixed feelings on that to begin with.

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  16. This is a great review, and helps convince me that I should give this book another try. I had tried it a long time ago, but wasn't feeling it at the time. And honestly I have to be in the mood for a sad book, which is why I've been holding off trying it again. I feel like I'm the last person in the world to read this one!

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  17. This. Book. Scares. Me!

    It's my co-blogger's birthday today and I NEARLY bought her Me Before You as a present, but... that bit about "the book not going the way you wanted it to" in my head translates to TRAGEDY! TEARS! ABJECT MISERY! (The TFIOS comparisons probably don't help.) And as with TFIOS, it will probably take us both a few yeeeeears of mental preparation before we subject ourselves to the deluge of tears.

    I love this review so much, though. I LOVE that it's the sort of book that makes you appreciative of just being healthy and capable and with prospects of some kind. I love it when a book leaves you with gratitude and/or a go-getter attitude. And this sounds like... a bit of both? Either way, it's a TBR add. And a scary, scary one of that.

    - Lexie

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  18. Ugh, I feel you girl. Me Before You left me heartbroken. Whenever I think of the ending, tears start forming in my eyes. You can't help but get attached to these characters because they feel so real and I thank Moyes for that. I went to see the movie and it was great! Not as good as the book of course, but it was a good adaptation of it.

    Kathlyn | www.kathlynskorner.com

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  19. I know I am a tad late to the party but I finished this book about 3 weeks ago...and KA-RIIIEEEEEDDDD while reading the last 3 chapters. I mean, got tears everywhere lol. It was so good!!! I could honestly pick it back up tomorrow and read it again. Like some of you have said, it made me more grateful for the small freedoms I have and the small freedoms of those I love. I got to see the movie and it was pretty good. Of course the way I painted each scene in my own head while reading is better in my own mind than the movie but they did a great job with cast selection. I loved Lou on screen and Will...oh Will...I could cry all over again. (excuse me while my heart melts) Would be a great ladies movie night idea!!!!

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