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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Advantages: Good story, strong characters.
Disadvantages: Strangely jumps between characters
When I came across a few reviews of this book it jumped straight to the top of my books to read. I had never read another Jojo Moyes book so cannot compare it to her others. I did like the style of writing after a few chapters I thought this book would be really depressing but she manages to cover the whole book really well mixing emotions up.
Louisa Clark still lives with her parents and bumbles along in life. She has had the same job for years so when this suddenly gets taken away from her she needs to find something new. After struggling to find anything new she comes across a job as a companion to Will Traynor which after a terrible interview she is very surprised to get. Will used to be a high flyer until a motorbike accident changed his life forever as he is now a quadriplegic. Neither of the two main characters had a clue what would happen when they met by chance what a difference they would make to each other lives.
Louisa and Will are the two main characters throughout the book. It is told from Louisa's perspective mainly although it does include a few chapters told from different characters. I found myself warming to Louisa straight away. She is fun, quirky liking to wear odd clothes and generally a nice person. She liked to drift through life doing what was expected of her without worrying too much about what she could really achieve. As the book goes on we see her grow and start to think differently about life which is involving and pulls you in.
When we first meet Will I found an instant dislike to him. He makes things very difficult for Louisa which in turn makes the reader feel very uncomfortable for her wishing he would stop as she has already had a tough time from the beginning of the book. Although we also get to see Will pre accident at the beginning of the book I did had sympathy for what he was going through I find the author makes it very difficult to like him at first. As you continue to read you begin to understand a little how he is thinking and why exactly he is so rude. We get a glimpse of hope of him being a nice person and watch them both learn from each other. There are other characters like Will's nurse Nathan, Louisa's and Will's family and Louisa's fitness fanatic boyfriend. These characters do play some important parts in the book but it is the two main characters that the story mainly focuses around.
I like the way the author sets the scene as she paints a clear picture of everything we need to know without going over the top with descriptions so you become bored. She also builds the characters well making us care about what happens to them by keeping them interesting and likable. I was a little surprised as I knew very little about the book so when I picked it up as the cover and blurb on the book both suggested it was a love story. I was excited for a light love story but what you receive is actually different. Although it is very easy to read and I like the style the author writes in it really are not all hearts and flowers covering some tuff subjects the book does manage to balance between happiness but also covers the difficult issues well.
I found this book to be rather emotional; reading the pages I laughed out loud began to cry and even became frustrated at parts. I originally brought this to read a little each day but once I began to get a few chapters into the book I just could not put it down. I found myself wanting to know more making time to read it which ended with me finishing it in two days. I really did think from about half way through the book I had it all sussed out. I really believed I knew the ending but infarct in was completely different to what I expected which made it and more enjoyable read. I really liked the way the book was written. I was a little worried with the story it was covering the book would become a little too much but she manages to mix the sadder subjects with the positive points very well. I found myself wanting to continue to read to find out what happened next.
The story covers how Will requires constant help from other people and finds it really frustrating. We get to get a clue to how he is feeling, the struggles he has to go through day to day and difficulties he has to overcome. We also get to see the changes in Louisa's life, the choices she begins to make differently and how she copes with change.
One thing I did not like too much is for a few chapters in the book she swaps from the story coming from Louisa's point of view and we get to hear what his nurse Nathan thinks and also views from Wills mother and Louisa's sister's view. Although it was nice to see how the others were thinking I don't think she introduced it into the story well. The change of chapter brings the change of personal thoughts and then it jumps back again once this chapter is done and I just found it a little annoying. Also I know it may have been hard for her to write it from will's perspective but seems as we had a glimpse at other people's views it would be nice to have a taste of what he was truly thinking rather than guessing.
Overall I would really recommend this book to anyone looking for a light but interesting read. Although it took me a little while to get into the book I found towards the end I couldn't put it down. I have no real ideas on the subject in question it seemed realistic enough I was able to make my way through the story without doubting that it could really happen. It is not a book I would read again as I know the twists and turns but it certainly was a lot better than I had first expected. It is a very thought provoking book making me come away thinking about the characters and their situations. RRP is £7.99 but I purchased it for around £4 from Amazon. You should be able to find a copy really easily from any good book stores or online at places like Tesco and Amazon.
ISBN 13: 9780718157838
Summary: A fantastic book.