Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
Source: Personal Copy
Blurb: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Review: As you are all aware I’m known for having a swinging brick instead of a heart. I rarely allow my hard exterior to be broken. I get the occasional lump in my throat now and again don’t get me wrong, but I’m not the crying type. This however, all changed when I read Me To You. Everything about the book from the way Jo-Jo Moyes has beautifully written it, to how much emotion and compassion has been put into the characters, the research done to make sure this book was medically correct and ultimately fascinating.
I don’t really want to say much about the story as I would love it for you all who haven’t read it to go do so.
It’s enriched with power, Love, friendship, dreams, shattered lives, humour, but more so reality.Like I said I cried after reading this book. Not straight away, but about an hour after I’d finished. I sat and pondered greatly over life and the many issues some of us have to face. Then, I cried. Sobbed, in fact. I honestly could not get the book out of my head. It took days for me to get over it. I swear to god, no lies. I tweeted JoJo a day later and this is what I wrote:
‘Still lost in my own head 24 hours after finishing me before you. A modern day Romeo & Juliet, a serious must read! praise for @jojomoyes’
I was honestly blown away. You relate to characters all the time in books, but this is on a completely different level. It’s truly brilliant.
One of the main reason it hit me so hard was that actually a few months before, I watched a documentary/film on assisted dying by Sir Terry Pratchett. Sir Terry made the film to establish whether he would be able to die at a time and in a way he wanted. The programme, showed Peter Smedley, a 71-year-old hotelier, travelling from his home in Guernsey to Switzerland and taking a lethal dose of barbiturates given to him by the Dignitas organisation. On Sir Terry’s Journey to the Dignitas home, I remember them entering into an industrial estate. It was full of warehouses and factories and it was awful, truly awful.
The Journey Lou takes in this book, is this journey.
Sorry, I’m aware how morbid and depressing this review has become.
It does have wonderful funny parts too, it is a fabulous book. Please don’t take this review as anything but positive. I can assure you that is all I have for it is praise.
This is a book worthy of a film contract.
There are no marks out of five or star ratings for this book because I don’t have enough stars or numbers to give.
It is by far my favourite book. I treasure my copy and I recommend it to everyone I know who reads. Please treat yourself to a copy and like me have your eyes opened to how you see yourself at the end of it. It’s a book filled with nothing but pure love.