I’ve finally finished reading it! I swore to myself I wouldn’t watch the film until I’d read the book and here we are. As soon as I finish writing this post, I’ll be settling down in front of Netflix (what’s new I hear you ask) to watch the film. Can’t wait! Well, actually I won’t be as it’s now 1am and I should at least retry sleeping but I will be watching the film as soon as possible. I can’t wait!
But before I get there, I owe you all a book review. And I still owe you a review of Melancholy Mind… Okay, I’ll write it next and then go watch Me Before You. Actually, I’m really excited about my next book I’m planning on reading! I’m getting off topic again…
This is my seventh book of 2017, so it’s safe to say I’m ahead of my reading schedule, and I honestly struggled every time I had to put the book down. For anyone who hasn’t read the book, I’ve put the blurb down below:
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.
Everywhere I’ve looked recently I’ve seen people talking about how amazing this book is, and they certainly weren’t wrong! I started reading it when I was at home over Easter, and the only reason it took me so long was because I was jumping between family days and revision. However, two sleepless nights during the 12 days of revision brought us here and I fell in love with this book. I can’t actually vocalise my feels about this book right now, I just loved it.
I found myself relating to Lou a lot – in her twenties and not doing much with her life, stuck in the same routine, and suddenly she’s thrown to the wolves, so to speak, when she gets made redundant unexpectedly. As I read through each chapter, I found her more and more relatable in some ways. When we first meet Will, I hated him. Think back to 2009 when everyone hated Jacob for trying to steal Bella from Edward – that was the level of anger I felt towards him. However, Jojo Moyes managed to persuade me within the short space of a chapter that I should give him another chance. I learnt to love him, as Lou grew to like him more. So for that, I really have to congratulate the author – not many authors get me to change my mind about a character through the story!
I don’t want to give away too much. I had somehow stayed away from any spoilers about this book and so I don’t want to give anything away to other readers. However, I have to briefly say that the whirlwind of the last 100 pages had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I laughed, cried, threw the book down in anger, everything! I was transported to the scene of these last few chapters and felt as though I was watching it all unfold around me – I truly was drawn in by how well this book was written.
If you haven’t yet read the book, having seen the film or not, I would highly recommend this to anyone who asked. In fact, I’m probably going to put it in the suitcase for Mum when we go to Turkey in a few months. My rating would probably be 9 out of 10, simply because it did take until the last 200 or so pages for me to actually be hooked by the story, but that’s just a personal thing.
Have you read Me Before You? What did you think? And if anyone recommends After You, then please do let me know! I’m unsure about whether or not I want to read it.