“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 … have the choice not to let that happen.” — Jojo Moyes
Title: Me Before You
Amount of pages: 369 pages
Published: December 31st, 2012
Original Title: Me Before You
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013)
Author: Jojo Moyes
“Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s
pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?”
I read this book as part of my book club. Honestly, at first I didn’t want to read it. I voted for the other books that wasn’t this and when this was chosen it took me a LONG time to the motivation to read it. I ended up reading it a week before the due date. The synopsis I read wasn’t the one that made me read it, but the trailer of the movie. I was surprised how good the movie seems and then I thought “Hmm, if the movie seems good, then the book must be even better” and I decided to read it.
The first few pages, the prologue, got me slightly interested. The prologue is in Will’s point of view. Then we switch to the first chapter and it’s kind of a slow start. I understand that we have to understand some background to be able to fully understand the story and the reason I’m letting you know is so if you decide to give this book a try then you need to ACTUALLY give it a try. After those introductionaries pages you WILL get pulled in.I got so hooked on the book that I use one of my audiobook credits to listen to it while cleaning because I didn’t want to stop reading it. I read in two days with college and everything.
That being said I can say I loved the book, but oh my… This book gave me a massive, severe case of book hangover that I couldn’t read, concentrate or think of anything but the book. It was killing me. I found the cure and I feel better now, but oh my was the book hangover severe. This was one of the books that changes your life. I’m not exaggerating! The same way Still Alice changed my life, this book changed my life. I saw the world and life in a whole new perspective. It gave me so much to think about hence the book hangover.
I’m not a person to reread the book. I mean there are always exceptions, I’m looking at you two frostbite and shadow kissed, but this book was so good that I would read it again. I feel like this book is the kind of book that anytime you read it you find more things in it, appreciate it more and react to it differently. It definitely caught me off guard. I am the type of person that usually predicts things and this book was hard to predict because my soul was divided between two predictions. I would sometimes stop and force my parents and boyfriends to hear me rant about it. They would have to hear me nonstop discussing both theories. I loved it.
The characters are fascinating and all too human. I loved the Lou more and more as the book developed, the same with Will. I loved that we could see things from a different perspective from time to time making it hard to decide how you felt about certain characters. This book. Most characters are 3D and that’s something I love. I detest flat, one sided character. This book was plain amazing and now belongs to the shelf in my heart of books that I loved and that changed my life.
I think this rating is one of the easiest I have ever rated.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Get it in English here.
Get it in Spanish here.
Slideshow of the different covers of Me Before You. (via Goodreads.com)