The Book: Me Before You

Having seen the much anticipated trailer for the film adaptation of this last week, I felt a sudden urge to read Me Before You, which was timed perfectly as this book became my go-to during our week in Anglesey. A book not only about morals, euthanasia, expanding your horizons and humanity, it was a story of love that, for me, was captured in a far less cliche way than what we see in a lot of chick-lit (trust me, I’ve read a fair amount!).

The story is mainly written from the point of view of Louisa Clark, however there are a few chapters in the words of a few of the other characters, which I thought was almost a necessity and worked extremely effectively. Whilst the beginning of the book was a little slow to draw you in, once you’d got past about the first 10%, it was one that I didn’t want to put down! 

Whilst the idea of being trapped in a tiny village for the rest of my life was one that only dawned on me during the reading of this book and seemed a lot more like a realistic possibility, it’s certainly made me a lot more aware of striving for a lot more - the development of Lou's character is what I loved about the story the most and makes me want to read several more of Jojo Moyes' books!

The book argues the idea of Euthanasia from both sides throughout and definitely tries to make you aware of both the pros and cons of each without really ever taking a certain side, which I think is extremely clever. There is always a theme of hope running throughout, which in my opinion, is a winner for a book - it certainly makes it a lot more involved! 

Me Before You, the book that once I'd finished, made me instantly google to see if there was a sequel (there is - After You, which also comes out in soft back in June!) is an almost grown up version of The Fault in Our Stars - whilst the illnesses are of course different, Jojo Moyes, as John Green did in my opinion, captured a very effective account of someone who is no longer fully physically functioning. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me frustrated, it made me think - the perfect balance for a “chick-lit” book, me thinks! 

I adore both Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin and I think they are very similar to the characters that I imagined that Lou and Will were, so I can’t wait until the film is released and see how the book comes to life on the big screen - plus it’ll be a great post-exams outing! Have you read this? Do you have any other Jojo Moyes books you’d recommend? Have a good week!

Becky xx

*final picture does not belong to me*


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