August 1, 2016

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (#1) by Jojo Moyes (2012)
369 pages
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Source: I bought it.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

I was never really interested in reading Me Before You. It just never appealed to me for whatever reason. Then the movie trailer came out and I was intrigued. Then my co-workers, family, and friends kept gushing about how great this book was. So my lovely readers, I finally gave into all the hype and I read Me Before You. I am a little disappointed.

I'm not sure if it was all the hype that skewed my feelings of the book or simply because I obviously knew how the ending was going to play out, but Me Before You was not as epic as I was hoping it would be. I liked it just fine, but I didn't love it.

Lou Clark is eccentric and adorable, but also a little frustrating. Will is understandably frustrated with life and a character that grows on you. I liked both of the main characters, but it's just too bad I didn't love them. I did like seeing how Will helped Lou realize how much there is out in the world that she could be trying and discovering. As for the ending, I am not sure how I feel about it. I did cry. I am glad I had some tissues nearby.

I liked the story, the pacing of the plot was good, and the characters were solid, but I simply couldn't love it. I am however planning to watch the movie when it comes out on DVD. I love the actors portraying Lou and Will so much that I have to give it a try. I think it will be a good movie.

I don't regret finally reading Me Before You, but I am a little sad it wasn't as life changing as I hoped it would be for me. I can definitely see why everyone loves it so. I think it's more of a it's not you it's me instance in this case.


  1. I'm glad you at least liked this book enough to see the movie! I ended up loving the book but I still haven't gotten around to watching the movie. I missed it when it was in my local theater.

    1. I have the movie on hold already at the library for when it comes out on DVD! haha

  2. This is seriously so spot-on! I was intrigued when I saw the trailer, read the book with another blogger, then saw the movie with her. I honestly liked the movie better! The book was kind of underwhelming for me. Not epic, liked it, didn't love it.

    1. Same! I am excited to give the movie a try.


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