Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
General Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Date Published: January 5th, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
A New York Times bestseller
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
You thought I would be crying my eyes out? Guess what?
*Feelings towards this book: meh*
I had high expectations for this book. I don’t know if its the fact I read so many reviews that praised the book or all the good things I have seen about it that made me have a positive attitude towrds the book…but it wasn’t what I expected.
I didn’t hate the book. I actually liked it but I didn’t love it. I thought I would love it and consider it one of my favorites…but I couldn’t connect at all.
I have to admit that I decided to read this one because of the movie trailer…and I was extremely excited. The movie trailer made it seem like a romance story…but then I remembered that movies are never like books.
I consider it a sort of a tragic story that towards the end has some romance. But it is not a romance story.
Here is the thing:
I did not cry. Simply because I couldn’t connect at all with any of the characters, especially the main one. Lou…26 year old Lou who does nothing with her life. And I already knew what was going to happen towards the end. I did feel extreme sadness in some parts…also extreme madness and I laughed. But knowing what would happen in the end doesn’t change anything at all. I still wouldn’t have cried if I hadn’t know…simply because…well I couldn’t get into the story.
Another thing. Is it just me or are all the characters of this book:
The other thing that happened while I read this book was that I simply got bored at some parts.
You would ask yourself:
How could you get bored at the greatest story of all time?
Well…I did. I felt that some things were unnecessary to the book like:
Lou and Patrick’s relationship. I mean WTF!
Or some characters weren’t needed like Katrina or whatever her name is.
And…*Don’t hate me* I did not swoon or cry when Lou poured out her heart to Will or when the book was almost finished. It felt rushed and I disliked Lou more than ever towards that part. I just couldn’t drop a single tear. I read that part feeling nothing.
I mean..I wanted to cry…but…I guess that didn’t happen.
That said, the writing wasn’t that bad, and the book had a moral. Some characters were relatable. And yes,there were some parts that were cute and funny. And I kind of liked Will. But I just couldn’t connect at all. It doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book…I did but I did not fall in love with it. Which is sad because I really wanted to, but some books aren’t meant to be.
Oh and I have a feeling that I will like the movie better.
My Goodreads review is here.