Me Before You - JoJo Moyes
Reading Challenge Category: A book recommended by someone with great taste
Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life? 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 teashop 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.
So, I’ve not been really looking forward to reading this book. I have no idea why but I have been putting it off all year. It’s getting to crunch time for finishing my reading challenges, so I knew I had to sit down and get this book read. I kept reminding myself before starting that it is a well-acclaimed book, not just recommended by my friend Jo, but it gets raves reviews. I went into it, remembering this, and it served me well. Once I started, I could not put this book down; I kept finding myself putting off anything else I needed to do just to get this devoured. I read it so much faster than I expected and if I’d have known it was this good and I’d enjoy it this much, I would have read it months ago. This is undoubtedly a heartbreaking but thought-provoking story. For hours after I’d finished, I kept trying to see everything from Will’s point of view at the end. It’s such a tough one as I’d feel the same as him if it were me, and I’d feel the same as Lou if I were her. The situation is unsolvable, and I don’t know how the author managed to come to the ending she did as there were so many possible outcomes. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a note from the author at the end, I’d liked to have known what inspired this story and what she felt about writing it and the decisions she’d made. However, there was nothing, so I will just have to accept the story for being just that! This was a wonderful book to read, although hard going in some places (due to the nature of the story). I’m so glad I gave it a chance and didn’t change my book choice for the reading challenge. I’m not sure I will read the two follow-ons, as I felt that Will’s side of the tale made this book what it was and I’m not sure two more books will do justice to the overwhelming feeling I have had reading this one. If anyone wants to convince me differently, that’s fine; I’m open to being persuaded. I am going to watch the film, though. I’m hearing excellent things from people who have both read the book and watched the film. So, I am looking forward to seeing this book come to life on the tele. Overall, an amazing book from an obviously talented writer and although missing out on making my top five books for this year, it is certainly number six!