Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Seeing the cover picture of this book Me Before You (the revised one, I mean, of that of movie), I assumed the story to be cheesy and overly romantic. Oh, how wrong I was! I had not read the book blurb as usual but had chosen this book simply on the premise that many people had recommended it to me.

The story weaved film on the big canvas for me – no no, I had not watched the movie. The dialogues, the characters, and the way Jojo Moyes had written made me imagine the scenes and I was pulled into the emotions of its characters. While I continued reading the book yesterday night, at 1:30 am (oops the day had changed, it was today only) , I wondered whether I should take a break and catch up on the sleep or eat something. You ask me why am I telling you this mundane stuff but eating would have re-energized me into completing this book. So, you know it was a no-brainer. I loved the book totally and cried a lot too along with Louisa.

Sample few lines from the book below:

I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.

It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man—the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring—you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one.

The basic premise of this story is Euthanasia, the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. And I think Jojo Moyes has handled it brilliantly in this book. I am yet to watch the movie nor do I know its reviews. However, in conclusion, I will just say, pick up this book for an intense emotional ride and if you do not like reading books somehow, still go ahead with watching the movie (if the story-line and the actors playing the main protagonist are great, the movie ought to be awesome).

By the way, there are two more books published in this series and a new one is being written as well. However, I am taking a break now from Louisa to give myself a reading of variety of genres.

Edit: I did not like the movie for I felt the character of Louisa was shown a little shallow in the movie and even so many scenes were simply skipped over.

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews.

Book blurb:
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never 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, 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?

About the author:
Jojo Moyes worked as a journalist for ten years, post which she turned into a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

Twitter: @jojomoyes
Facebook: @jojomoyesauthor

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 369
Publication Year: 2012


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Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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