Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Chick Lit
First Published: 2012
Page Count: 369
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Book 1 of the series
A book that captures the highs of pure, simple love, and the lows that come with the unpredictability of life.
*Beautiful Story *Old School Romance
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” Louisa Clark led a simple life that she was content with. She is in a long-term relationship, lives with the family she supports and loves, and works for a local cafe where she gets to catch up on the latest small town gossip. But when she loses her job and is forced to become a caregiver for successful but now disabled William Traynor, the focus of her life and energy completely changes. Will Louisa be able to show sarcastic, snide Will that life is worth living even in his new state?
When watching a movie trailer makes you tear up without knowing anything about the story, you know you’re in trouble. After I’d seen the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of this book, I knew I needed to propel this to the top of my to read list. It was as lovely a novel as the trailer promised. The feelings between Will and Louisa take the entire novel to fully develop but it is a nice change from what romance has become in most books. The progression of their relationship is so pure and simple that it feels very realistic. At the same time, this isn’t a perfect love story, but the time and energy the author puts into building Will and Louisa’s relationship makes their struggles so much more heartfelt and compelling. Me Before You is for books what The Notebook represents for movies in terms of tear-jerking romance.
From beginning to end, there is some interesting aspect of Louisa’s life or her relationship with Will that will engage you. Even when your gut begins to hint where the story might end up, the ending is no less surprising or emotional. With how easily I flowed through this book and became enveloped in the story, I could not find anything to complain about. I want to read more from this author and I know there is a sequel to this book. However, I just can’t imagine with all that happens in this book that the next one can capture the same feeling this book embodies. This book feels like one in a million all by itself, just like Will and Louisa.
* Film Adaptation: (Starring Emilia Clarke 2016)