Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Club Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Me Before You
by JoJo Moyes
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Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking
Pages: 369
ISBN: 9780670026609
Genre: Adult Fiction | Romance | Chick Lit
Source: Book Club Read

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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. (Goodreads)
Me Before You was the book club pick for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Club for February. I was having a bit of trouble deciding on what to read, and my dear friend Kathy suggested that we give this book a try. I immediately agreed, and did so just by going off the ratings that I had seen for the book at that point. I was definitely not disappointed.

I knew this was going to be an emotional read even before I started it, and to be quite honest, the book broke me. I was able to keep my emotions in check for the most part, but in the last half of the book, I was an emotional mess.

You will fall in love with the characters in this story, especially the two main characters, Louisa and Will. Lou was lots of fun and a bit snarky at times, which I love in a character. When we first meet her she has no idea what she wants from her life or her future. But she grows and matures so much throughout the novel, she really felt like a completely different person by the end of the book, in a good way!  As for Will, you just couldn’t help but sympathize with him for what he had been through, and for the decisions that he makes in the novel. But you’ll totally fall in love with him as well.  Lou and Will have a wonderful chemistry together that makes this book so insanely special.

But they aren’t the only characters that you will love in the novel. There is also Lou’s family; her parents, grandfather, sister and nephew. Her family is one that grew on me more and more throughout the novel, and by the end, I was pretty much in love with them as well, especially with her parents. Nathan, Will’s health care worker was also a really great character.

The storyline for this book is one that will really, really make you stop and think... Think about the choices you make in your life, and how those choices can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. It’s about learning to love and to accept things that you can’t change. As I mentioned above, this book was a really emotional read. Sometimes you just need to read something that will give you a really good cry, and this book will definitely do that.

Overall; I’m SO very glad to have read this book with my book club. We all agree that it was so good, and in our discussion we pretty much flailed over all the awesomeness that is this book. It really is a great read, so if you haven’t picked it up, please do so! Now that there the sequel has been announced, I am really looking forward to it as well.

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Don't forget to check out the reviews for the book from my fellow book club members!!

Kathy at A Glass of Wine | Kimmy at Pingwing's Bookshelf | Kelly at KellyVision

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3 comments:

  1. Fantastic review, Christy! I am reading my first Jo Jo Moyes book (One Plus One) and will have to check this one out next. It sounds like a fantastic book and I might need a box of tissues with me as I read it. I think they are making it into a movie, right? Just another reason to read it before the movie comes out!

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  2. Me Before You is one of my favorite books. I read it with my book group last year and we all loved it. Did you know that it is going to be a movie this summer (August I believe)? It stars Sam Claflin from the Hunger Games movies as Will and Emilia Clark from Game of Thrones as Lou. I am eager to see the movie but I hope Hollywood will do the story justice!

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  3. I adored this book. I was hoping for a different outcome, but in the end I respected it all. Its such a tragedy when young people have such a horrific injury. I'm not sure if I would want to live my life so dependent either.

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