In only a week, I have just finished reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. In that week, the book completely destroyed me emotionally. I’ve been walking around the apartment aimlessly because I don’t know what to do with myself after finishing it, so I figured writing this would be more productive.
I’m not going to give away any plot points to this story, as I know some people may just be reading this post for a book recommendation (and the film is being released soon), but I will say that while this is a beautiful story it is also a sad one. I don’t know why I always choose the sappy, sad romances when seeking out a new novel, but here I am, yet again.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Nicholas Sparks novels or The Fault In Our Stars. You will smile, laugh, and mostly likely, cry, while reading this story, but in my opinion, we all need a good cry every now and again. It actually is quite similar to The Fault In Our Stars- Will Traynor’s paralysis and his attitude about it are reminiscent of Augustus Waters’ cancer diagnosis in TFIOS. While each of these are different and horrible in their own right, it led to a similar feel between the two novels– the sadness that came along with every happy moment. But, Me Before You is still it’s own novel and has just as many differences from TFIOS as it does similarities. I think I liked it better. The characters are love able, the drama is intense, and the romance is all there, even though it is quite unconventional.
Originally, I picked out this book because I saw the trailers for the film. I typically like to have read the book if I’m going to see a movie, and since it comes out on June 3rd, I was determined to have it finished by then. It was very easy to do, as I couldn’t put it down!
I will say that I’m worried the movie isn’t going to hold up, but when does it ever?
The novel looks at the storyline mainly from the point of view of Louisa Clark, the female protagonist of the novel, but there are also chapters in the point of view of Will’s parents, Lou’s sister, and the caregiver, Nathan. It gave the story a little more depth that I’m not sure a film can have. However, I will go see the movie when it comes out and report back with my official review!
In summary, if you like romance novels and you like crying, you’ll like this book. 10/10, 5 Stars, Jordyn’s seal of approval.
Here’s a trailer for the film below. If I haven’t convinced you that this is worth a read, maybe this will: