Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Title: Me Before You

Author: JoJo Moyes

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book.


I don't know what to say.
I usually listen to audio books on my commute. So when Friday evening came, and I found myself sitting in my car in my driveway, with still half the audiobook to listen to, I decided to go inside and listen to "just one more chapter."

Which turned into a very late night of me laying on my bed, staring up at the ceiling. Before dinner. After dinner. And finally, with my husband asleep next to me and the lights out, until 2am, when I finally finished Me Before You. And was a hysterical blubbering mess.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book.
I met friends for a fun Saturday afternoon the next day and they remarked upon how puffy my eyes were and how I looked very tired. Which of course then I had to explain to them why I was up all night, a sobbing crazy person.

Lou seems content with her small life, her simple existence. Will's life was bigger, brighter, fun and in motion. They couldn't be more different and that's why their middle ground is so unstable. But coming from each side, both of these characters have a journey ahead of them through struggles and hardship and love that alter them so completely, my heart warms just thinking about who they were in Chapter One and who they became by the end.

This is not Chick Lit. It is not a conventional romance.

It is way more than that.
It's a deep and thought provoking read about courage, living and love.

I listened to the well read audiobook and highly recommend it.
I also fear that reading the book would have been very difficult for me as I probably wouldn't have been able to see the words from all the crying!

This is one of the best books I've read in a while, and certainly the best one I've read all year.

Go get it.
I'll wait. 


Now, let's discuss...

Rating 10 One of The Best


  1. I have read all of the emotional, raving reviews for this book and was so excited to finally get to it. I have to say, I just didn't find myself connected. Will fell short for me at the end and instead of feeling sorry for him, I felt angry. I thought I would cry also and found myself dry eyed even at the end of the book. I wonder if something is wrong with me?

    1. Hi Scott!

      Ha! Nothing is wrong with you. I can totally understand your view. I think I cried out of a mix of emotions, one of them being frustration. And I've totally read books that have had rave reviews and then felt lonely afterwards when I said- "Really? I didn't love it that much..."
      So you are in good company.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I loved this book. I admire the choices the author made.
    Someone told me I would cry at the end and I told them I can't remember the last time a book made me cry.
    Needless to say, I was a sobbing wreck. But not depressed -- that's the key.
    But most of all, I really respect that this author took risks.

    1. Jamie,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I totally agree! I admired how the author didn't shy away from tough choices.
      It made me love the characters more

  3. So glad you loved this as much as I did! It made me think a lot about what it’s like living with a big disability and pain day after day. I also loved Louisa. She was lively and genuine.