Well this is finally getting posted!
Here is my first book review on the blog. I promise with these reviews to either avoid any spoilers or at least give fair warning of them, go in depth about the story line (more than the blurbs) and give you my honest and critical thoughts.
I’m so excited to do this review. I’ve read so many myself and now its my turn to have my say.
So let’s start with ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.
The job is essentially acting as a companion to a man named Will Traynor who is a quadriplegic. As you can predict this is a romantic story but that’s all I’ll say for now.
Here’s my first problem with the book. It’s quite predictable. Sure from the blurb you can tell she will have her life ‘turned upside down, have a major epiphany and of course fall in love- but a sort of forbidden love’. Typical easy read rom-com read.
My next issue is the the context of the characters circumstances. I mean seriously Jojo Moyes. You decided to write about a 26 year old no where near ready to walk down the aisle with no degree and basically living her life through her boyfriend before letting her be controlled by another whom she falls in love with but can’t have a future with. This man being the one who pushed her to step out of her comfort zone, use her brain and actually look at her life and all the possibilities it contains.
I don’t necessarily love the idea of allowing someone to make you happy or to tell you what to do with your life etc… but I can get past it if I feel that this person makes you a better you, and Will Traynor did just that for Louisa.
The other problem though is that he couldn’t stick around,he couldn’t reciprocate the feelings, not truly. It’s like she’s a dog, he put the lead on her but didn’t take her for a walk. (weirdest reference i know but stick with me here!)
This book was good. But just that…good, not great, not inspiring not a spectacular profound change your life read. It wasn’t a complex read. It was written well though. I appreciated getting inside Lou’s mind and getting to know the characters from her point of view.
I can’t completely shut it down though. I did skim through it quickly and I did laugh at parts. This is a heartwarming story-line, and for that I would still recommend others to give it a read. There were moments where Lou was sassy and I loved it! This is where the character really shined, in my opinion and Moyes’ skillful writing showed.
I’ll even admit I teared up at the end, well not quite the ending but rather the epilogue. I won’t say much more hear just that if you’ve read the book you’ll understand what I mean here.
Despite my critic I was looking forward to see what comes next for Lou in ‘After You’. I’ll be doing a review on this novel too, it’s only fitting right?! And actually I loved this book, so much more than the first so keep your eyes out for that!
With all that said I give this book a solid 3 stars ***