- Title: Me Before You
- Author: Jojo Moyes
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Publication Year: 2012
- Pages: 512
- Purchase: UK | US | Malaysia
- Note: Prequel to After You 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.
This is my very first read by Jojo Moyes and let me tell you this – I am extremely satisfied. Me Before You is as real as it gets. A story filled with love, laughter and pain. Yes, pain. A story which speaks volumes of truth on relationships and life. It’s a book you just HAVE TO READ to understand how much of an emotional roller coaster it actually is. It is sure to make you laugh, cry and experience a major hangover – you have been warned.
Me Before You is a story of Will Traynor, who became a quadriplegic after a tragic accident, and Louisa Clark, a young woman who took the role as his carer after losing her job at a nearby tea shop. Their relationship developed slowly yet surely, and will keep you wanting for more till the extent that when it hits the climax, you feel terribly overwhelmed and just burst into tears. (Read alone. Might be horribly embarrassing if you’re in public.)
The characters are very well-developed and I felt instantly attached to Lou. She is quirky, awkward, opinionated and so comfortable in her own skin despite her many flaws. She is admirably content with life and her non-existent dreams of reaching greater heights, despite having an over-achieving sister. Will on the other hand, led a big life before his accident. His travels, career, money – he enjoyed great, big things in life, of which he no longer could after his accident. Both main characters are multi-dimensional and well-rounded. You just cannot help but fall in love with their sarcastic conversations, their arguments, and little adventures. The supporting characters played a big role in bringing the story together. Patrick is my favourite. I’m glad that he was included in the story! Once you read it, you will know why.
The plot was well-paced and satisfactorily descriptive – weaving each chapter with ease. Even a slight development in the story would give you a punch of different emotions, leaving you in need of more. More emotions, more romance, more pain. It sounds scary, doesn’t it? I did warn you. Moyes’ writing style is incredibly fulfilling. Coupled with the great characters – this book is a winner.
If you’re looking for a boy-meets-girl love story with sappy conversations and happy times, this might not be the one for you. Read this book and you will be reminded of how complex our life really is. You will realize that hey, it might not always turn out the way we want it to but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t real.
This book is the real deal. Approach with caution, but as soon as you dive in, don’t hesitate to allow it to drown you.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Me Before You is now showing in cinemas worldwide.