Book Review: Me Before You

A friend recently recommended a popular book from Jojo Moyes that’s been making almost everyone whose read it well up with tears. I should just state that chick flick-like novels aren’t something I usually read, in fact, it’s more something that I watch on a late Saturday night but taking a twenty minute subway ride everyday means I’m open to giving new genres a try. Needless to say, I was pretty captured by the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor from the start.  



Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. She has a steady boyfriend, close family and has never left her little village. For the last six years she’s worked at a little café but when her boss decides to close the business, Louisa is left jobless. With no skills whatsoever and after many trips to the job agency down the road, she takes up a much needed job as a paid carer and companion for the wealthy Traynors’ now wheelchair bound son. Will Traynor, on the other hand, has always lived a vastly extravagant life filled with extreme sports and global adventures. His day to day life was filled with closing big deals at work and of course dating fabulous models. After a motorcycle crashes into him, he now finds himself confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the top down. It’s no surprise he is resentful, bitter and has lost his passion for life.

As Will and Louisa get to know each other, she soon realizes his plan to kill himself and relieve the burden he feels he is inflicting on others. Slowly Louisa sets out to show him that life is still worth living while Will himself decides to show here the limitations she herself, has imposed on her own life before executing his plan.



Born in 1969, Jojo Moyes grew up in beautiful London. After a degree at Royal Holloway, she worked as a journalist for ten years before becoming a full time writer in 2002 when her first book was published.



“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life – or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window – is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are.”



I love reading books but how often do you find a book that makes you crave more and more? That’s pretty much what happened to me with this book. I wouldn’t say I’m a fast reader because I usually end up distracted with all the other things I need to do but this time, all I did was read, read and read. On the subway, walking down the street, in the bathroom, in bed… read, read and read some more… and it felt good. There’s a flurry of emotions within the pages of this book. Louisa for me, was a pretty frustrating character. Sometimes, you just want to just jump into the book, grab her by the shoulders and shake some life into her. Will Traynor, on the other hand, has a hard life ahead of him. Despite his pompous and difficult character, the reader can still identify with his personal struggles and at times, even support his plan. But what do you do when such a great love hits you just months before you choose to die? Are you still that same person as before? Or does your life change in ways that will never leave you the same as before. Confusion, helplessness, acceptance and a slice of life is what I felt when reading this book. I loved every minute of it.





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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Me Before You

  1. I haven’t read the book, but I did watch the movie, like 3 times. Its a real tear jerker and yes I agree with you about Louisa, there really was times that she made me feel so frustrated.


  2. I’ve watched the movie twice as well and it’s definitely a tear jerker but the book is just so much more intense. It builds up their relationship in a much deeper way. That being said, I’ve read After You too and I can safely say the second book is even better than the first! I was wondering what more can happen after the first book and then…! Please read it if you get the chance! x


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