By: JoJo Moyes
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.
For The Life Of Me…
Before I continue. A little back-story. I hadn’t even READ the goodreads synopsis for this book, I started reading at work one day since it was on the New Release table.. before I knew it, I was sucked in. I later realized even the e-book was 15 dollars. But, it was too late.. I was going to spend 16 dollars on an ebook. I will only say, it was possibly the best 16 dollars I have spent.. ever.
But I Haven’t Even HEARD of This..
That’s great! This is one of the most under-rated books I have ever come across in my life. The story is full of lively characters who all come from different socio-economic classes. Our main character, and narrator, Louisa, is just amazing. She, I feel, has a full grasp of what reality is, and what she can and can not control. However, we soon see Lou is a bit sheltered, and she leads a rather boring life, even though she is perfectly content with it. Her boyfriend, is the opposite. He seems to think he has it all together, and that it is his way or no way at all. [Can we tell, I don’t like him much] Lou’s family plays a pretty key role in Me Before You which is an element I much enjoyed, and is missed in so many YA novels. [Which, by the way, this is not]. The interactions between Louisa’s family are so realistic, and I loved her parents and her sister so much. The relationship between the two sisters is quite key here, as well, and we get to see two sisters who really love each other, even when they’re fighting. But, of all the characters.. my favorite was Will. He was so… REAL. Will has been through a lot, as you will see in this novel. He was used to a certain kind of life, and the accident that he had took all of that away. I can not begin to say how much I feel for him. At first, maybe you think Will is just bitter about what he no longer has in life, but when you really think about what this man has to go through day after day, it is heart breaking. And that would be the case for a normal person. Never mind for someone who lived their life seeking adventures. I will tell you that this book is going to bring some moral/ethical issues into play. I won’t state them clearly, and I won’t say my opinion on that element. What I can say is that, for a little bit it made me uncomfortable. But it was necessary to have this element in the plot. You will see.
If I Had All The Money In The World
If I had all the money in the world I would buy a copy of this for all of my readers and book-blogging friends and force it upon them. I would do this because there are so few books that you come across that stick with you. Forever. This book will stick with me. It is January, and this book WILL be on my top books of 2013. I know this because I am passionate about the characters. I am passionate about this story. And I am in love with the realistic elements of this book. Nigel [Will’s caretaker] was wonderful, and made me feel so happy that there are people like him in this world that are GOOD, they are simply amazing people who can care for those who can not care for themselves. With all the madness that goes on in this world, it is good to be reminded that there is heart out there. Not only that, but people who are miserable with some aspects of their life, they have heart too. They can love, and they can feel, but it is different for everyone. Not all love is simple and kind. Some loves are torturous and brutal, but they mean just as much. We get to see this kind of love in Me Before You. If you ever listen to a recommendation I make.. please let it be this one. Please, for yourself, read this book. I almost never write emotional reviews. But, with this…it is different. I truly LOVE Will and Louisa like they have some part of my heart. I wholeheartedly invested myself into their story, and into feeling everything that they did. All the pain, and all the happiness, it was felt. And I hope that you can all do that as well.