Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Review: Me Before You

Title Me Before You

Author Jojo Moyes

Release Date December 31, 2012

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.

Whenever I started reading Me Before You I had full knowledge of what the book was about. Even with that knowledge, I wasn't prepared. For a book like this, I'm not sure if you can ever be prepared. I think you could read it a hundred times and still be hit with such powerful, heartbreaking emotion.

Me Before You is one of those books that will make you think about things like life, death, hope, dignity, and love. You'll experience a range of emotions from happiness to sadness to ultimately understanding. You'll likely experience all of these emotions at once and won't be able to figure out which one is the strongest or which you should grasp onto. Feel them all. They are all valid and perfectly acceptable when it comes to this beautiful book.

Certainly, Me Before You is one of my favorite books of this year. It will stay with me for a very long time. Read this book. Prepare yourself and grab the Kleenex, though!


5 out of 5 stars

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