Book Review: Me Before You

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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!

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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:

 

 

 

 

Jamie Lawson at Cafe 939’s Red Room

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We were at the very BACK of the room. The most intimate venue in Boston.

On Sunday night, I attended a Jamie Lawson concert at Berklee College of Music’s Red Room at Cafe 939. I’ve gone to one other concert at the Red Room, a Passenger concert in 2012 with my dad, and I have a lot of love for the venue for two reasons.

  1. It is incredibly small and intimate (200 capacity).
  2. When I went to the Passenger concert in 2012, Ed Sheeran made a surprise appearance and I quite literally cried (I could write an entire post about this event)– grainy iPhone 4 quality photos from that night are below.

So when I saw in March that Jamie Lawson was playing a show there, I knew it would be a great night and bought tickets within an hour of them being on sale. After serendipitously getting to see Jamie open for Vance Joy in April, I was even more excited for this concert.

I know that I wrote fairly extensively about Jamie Lawson in my Vance Joy concert post, but I can’t emphasize enough how talented this guy is. His voice is incredible. This probably is going to sound like I’m exaggerating, but his live voice is ten times better than the recorded version, and I feel like any video I ever took didn’t even reflect what I was hearing in that moment. Hands down one of my top 3 favorite voices.

Since the crowd was so small, and skewed more adult than teen, the show was very mellow, which was nice for a Sunday night. I’m a huge pop music fan (as I’ve stated many times), so often when I go to concerts I’m with all the teens. I have nothing against them, and I actually think that people need to cut the teens some slack in most cases, but I will admit it was nice to be at a show where people weren’t screaming at the artist on stage in between songs.

Jamie of course sang his radio hit “Wasn’t Expecting That,” along with other songs from his newest album, older songs that many people weren’t familiar with, and even some new unreleased songs. Since I’m only familiar with the most recent album, I appreciated getting a taste of more of the Jamie Lawson discography. Still, my two favorite songs of the night were “Ahead of Myself” and “Don’t Let Me Let You Go,” which are just my favorite songs by him in general.

Jamie very kindly stayed in the lobby after the show to meet/take pictures with the fans, but since we had already met/gotten a photo with Jamie at the Vance Joy show, we opted not to wait in line for round 2 (at risk of appearing like stalkers). Still, it was something that he didn’t have to do, and I think it speaks to his character.

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Post-show with Jamie after Vance Joy in April

Just last week, Jamie’s song “Someone For Everyone” got a music video, and I found it to be very charming. It’s available to watch below, and if you like acoustic singer-songwriter types I’d highly recommend checking him out. The music is available in all the usual places. 🙂

 

Song of the Week: Foy Vance, “She Burns”

Lucy Hale + a beautiful song = a music video that I will probably enjoy.

Foy Vance, not to be confused with Vance Joy, is the second person Ed Sheeran has signed to his record label, Gingerbread Man Records. “She Burns,” is a single off of his upcoming album, The Wild Swan, which is due May 13. And it’s really, really good.

Being a long-time Ed Sheeran fan, I’ve been familiar with Foy Vance for a while now, and have listened to his music before. I’ve always appreciated his style, as I have a soft spot for acoustic, folk-y singers, but I never felt the need to listen to a song by him more than once, never-mind purchase it for my library.

 

But after watching the “She Burns” music video one time, I immediately went into iTunes and bought the song.

I find this song really beautiful lyrically and soothing musically. I’ve been listening to it a lot in the mornings while I cook breakfast or take the T into campus, and I haven’t gotten sick of it in the past week of non-stop listening.

Not to mention, the video is gorgeous. I love the black and white, and I love that Lucy Hale is the leading lady. I’m a huge PLL fan and I think she’s stunning. Her hair and makeup in this video, along with her wardrobe, create such a pretty and retro vibe (I’ve shared of my favorite stills in this post). She just seems like the perfect person for the role. Getting Lucy involved was definitely a huge plus for an up-and-coming artist like Foy Vance, as she brought a significant number of her fans with her to the music video.

The entire thing was beautifully and delicately shot, and I think that it matches up with the song perfectly. I re-watched it three times just while writing this post!

If you haven’t already, check the music video out above and give it a listen. It’s definitely worth it.