Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

It took me a long time to decide to read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Because it’s not my sort of book. I’m all about the thrillers, not the girly romantic stuff. I haven’t sent the film either, although I did see the trailer and even that made me well up.

But I’d heard good things about the book, so when I got some money for my birthday and decided to spend it all on books, I thought I’d give it a go. Because people generally rave about books for good reason. I usually end up reading most of the books everyone is talking about – from Bridget Jones to Harry Potter to The Hunger Games. Everyone was reading these books because they were good. (I was never tempted to read Fifty Shades of Grey though!). Anyway, I digresses…

From the moment I started reading Me Before You, I was hooked. Not only is it a great story, but it’s very well written. I loved the character of Lou – the 27 year old woman, still living at home in a very crowded house, who has seen nothing of the world. I loved her family and the way she was always the butt of her jokes – a bit like Anthony in The Royle Family. It felt very real.

You probably know the story. Lou goes to work for Will Traynor – a quadriplegic man, who had been injured in an accident a couple of years before. The complete opposite to Lou, he had really lived. He had a highly paid job, he’d travelled, he’d done extreme sports, and now he was stuck in a wheelchair, unable to move.

Initially, they don’t get on, but gradually they start to build a relationship, based largely on banter and taking the piss out of each other. Will’s mother doesn’t seem keen on Lou, but is pleased to see that he is starting to enjoy life a bit more and that Lou is good for him. Yet Lou is only on a six month contract.

I won’t say any more about the plot. You probably know it anyway, but if you don’t, I don’t want to spoil it. All I will say is that I spend the last 40 pages of the book barely able to see the words through my tears.

This might not be ‘my type of book’, but I genuinely loved Me Before You. I read it really quickly, loved every second of it and then felt very sad that I’d finished it! If you haven’t read it, you really should!

Me Before You, JoJo Moyes, Book review

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23 Comments

  1. I haven’t read the book but I’ve seen the movie and oh did I sob and sob! I’m wondering whether I should now read Me after you. Everyone says that’s a good read too!

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    • A lot of people have seen the film and I really need to watch it now! I’m reading After You now and really enjoying it.

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  2. I have not watched the movie but after reading AND watching Girl on the Train, I am going to do one or the other from now on. I didn’t know the story but it sounds like something I would read. And I sob at anything so I will get the tissues ready x

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    • You definitely need the tissues ready for this one! I like to watch the films after I’ve read the books, although there’s a lot of films I’ve wanted to watch that I haven’t actually got round to watching!

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  3. I wanted to read the book and never got round to it so I watched the film and yes I cried. In fact I don’t think a film has ever made me cry so much. I read Me after you last weekend and really enjoyed it too but The girl I left behind by Jojo Moyes is a simply brilliant book, I recommend it

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    • I can believe that about the film! I really need to watch it now. I’m currently reading After You. I’ll have to look out The Girl I Left Behind – thanks!

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  4. OH!!! I have got this book totally mixed up with another one! The story I have in mind that I thought was Me Before You ISN’T this! I now have to go and buy the book because I think I’d really like it!
    Nat.x

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    • You will love it! It’s amazing 🙂 x

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  5. This book had me in floods of tears but I always say that’s a sign of a good book! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • I think it’s the sign of a good book too!

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    • You must read it, it’s brilliant! Anyone who can read it without tissues must be made of stone!

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  6. I must admit it wouldn’t be the sort of book I’d pick off the shelf either – I’d assume it was chick lit and dismiss it. Might try it from the library now.

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    • It’s definitely worth reading! It is way better than chick-lit!

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  7. Ha, I always spend my Birthday/Christmas money on books too! I love books, hehe. I really enjoyed ‘Me Before you’ I thought it was a great read!
    The movie was good also. #ReadWithMe

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    • I really need to watch the film now as I loved this so much.

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    • I would definitely recommend it! It’s impossible to read without tissues!

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  8. Ooh it sounds good. Will bear it in mind next time I’m in the mood for a weeper 🙂
    #readwithme

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    • I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! I do love a book to make me cry every now and then!

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  9. I hadn’t read this because I didn’t think it looked like ‘my kind of book’ either! But if you like it maybe I should give it a try?! #readwithme

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  10. Sometimes it’s good to stretch outside our comfort zones and try something new. #readwithme

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  11. I’ve seen the trailers for the film of this book but don’t know too much about it. From your review it sounds like a great read though #readwithme

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