Book Review: Me Before You

March 28, 2016

Me Before You
JoJo Moyes
385 pages
kindle edition

From the Publisher:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

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 and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, 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 am SO behind on book reviews!  My husband loves looking up movie previews and funny videos on youtube and he came home the week before Valentine’s Day and showed me the preview to this movie.  I had seen the book all over the place, and at the time it did seem like every guest on my favorite podcast “What Should I Read Next?” was talking about it – but I also had heard them all talk about how most people “ugly cry” at the end and I just didn’t want to go there. I wasn’t really sold on reading this book….But then my husband showed me the movie trailer. (click here if you haven’t seen it, or click here for the new one released today!) And it got me.  Plus, it was also Valentine’s weekend and I had sick kids…so I had a lot of time to sit at home and read.  So it might as well be a good love story!

Once I started this book I found it hard to put down.  I really enjoyed the characters and found Louisa funny and quirky. She made me laugh and smile.  Will was a hard one to like but he grew on me. I wish he hasn’t been so moody.  I just wanted to yell at him to get over it already…but honestly I probably would have been moody too!  I loved watching their relationship grow and develop. I should admit right now that I did not “ugly cry” at the end, but mostly because I knew it what was going to happen and I also knew my husband would make SO much fun of me if he saw me crying while reading book. (Although he should be used to it by now).  It was so heartbreaking!!  I don’t see how I will be able to watch the movie and not cry…it’s inevitable.  As much as I liked the book, I will also say –  I couldn’t help but in the back of my mind wonder if JoJo Moyes is the new Nicholas Sparks….I felt they were pretty much read-a-likes to me.  Which made me worry about reading more of her books, if they would become predicable to me.

The book did have some language, and was graphic at parts..  If you are sensitive to that you might want to steer clear of Moyes, but I didn’t feel like it was excessive.  It is not a super squeaky-clean book like I usually post about.

Overall it was  pretty good, easy to read and something that I had a hard time putting down.  Not my absolute favorite, but worth the time.  I am looking forward to seeing the movie this summer!  Which is also a great thing because this book takes care of “A Book that is Made Into a Movie” for me on my 16 in 16 challenge!

Final Score:

4 stars









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