Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 15
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Me Before You will rip out your heart, make you want to throw it across the room, and love it all at the same time. Yes, I loved this book, but I also hated it. Why did I hate it? Everything about it was painful–so very painful. Jojo Moyes writes in such a way that she’ll pull you in with every single word, keeping you thoroughly captivated. Her writing is beautiful and her characters are realistic. I loved Lou because she’s so much different from all the other main characters out there. Lou’s quirky, doesn’t know what she wants with her life, clumsy, and not always the greatest person. She’s realistic and that’s what I loved.
Then there’s Will Traynor. I loved him too, no matter how much Moyes made me want to hate him. He’s so lovable though (well, not at first) and I couldn’t help it. His character is so realistic and even without being in his situation, I understood it. I understood what drove him to do everything he did throughout the book, but I didn’t always condone it. He’s flawed and I loved him.
I will note that this book isn’t to be taken lightly. The thematic element of it is dark and for most people, Me Before You is quite the tear-jerker. I didn’t actually cry; maybe because I knew the ending beforehand or maybe because I found the ending to be anti-climatic. I felt that the ending could have been deeper, less of a sudden uphill before a very sudden drop. The last few pages sort of wrapped things up, but I didn’t completely agree with how the characters acted given the situation. It seemed a little out of character toward the end. However, this did not change my rating because over all, I loved it. I’m not sure if I am going to read After You because it seems like kind of a pointless sequel, if you ask me.