Review: Me Before You

me before youTitle: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 469
Contemporary, Romance
Published: 2012 by Viking
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Synopsis:  Lou Clark knows lots of things. 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.

Didn’t you ever love anything that much?”

Great characters, great setting, great situation. Slow parts. Hardly a romance.

The main love interest is disabled- quadriplegic, which makes this an unconventional romance however I wouldn’t say it’s totally unconventional as to be shocking and full of surprise. Mostly the book does what is expected, minus all the romance that everyone gushes about, and I like that to a degree. I just wanted more romance!

The main character, Clark, is quite amazing. Reading something through the perspective of a cheery extrovert who is content to live her entire life in one place was sort of fascinating. I’m the complete opposite and I find that most protagonists tend to be more mellow- or if they’re extroverts they have a chip on their shoulder. Lou is quite a different story and while at times I couldn’t relate to her, it was exciting to be a part of her brain for a little while.

The story is a bit too slow of a slow burn for me to consider it a romance. I feel that sometimes the story just kind of sits there unmoving, and some other elements could have helped pass the time if it wasn’t going to be the romance it set out to be. I felt that the plot between Patrick and Lou often had more colour and intrigue just because it was dramatic.

That said, the chemistry between Lou and Will was definitely something I dig. I really do wish this relationship had moved along a little more quickly. If this hadn’t been sold to me as this great sad romance I might have enjoyed it more.

(Isn’t it funny that Emilia Clarke is playing Lou Clark? Yes okay, everyone reading this lately has probably remarked on this already. I’m super excited about that though.)

3.5 Star3.5 Ships


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