Sunday 3 July 2016

Me before you

Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
ISBN: 978-0-7181-7702-7

I sat all Saturday afternoon reading this book.  Cooked tea for my family.  Then returned to reading.  That was how much this book grabbed me.  If you want to read this then I recommend you read it before watching the movie.  Do not look at the movie trailer as it will totally ruin the book!  Allow plenty of down time so you can justify becoming totally absorbed in the plot.  And... You many need tissues, for both laughing and crying.

The plot was not what I expected.  I didn't realise it was a movie, even though it is screening here at the moment, but did comment that it needed to be made into one.  I will now need to watch the movie, of which I will put up a comparison, book vs movie.  I am thinking the book may just win again as there are parts of the book that just need to be read and played through your own mind.

The characters were captivating.  There was a little bit of wit, arrogance, generosity, loneliness, compassion (the list goes on) in all the characters.  As I read I was able to see a realness in the characters and the lives of each.  I connected with each one in different ways as their realities communicated life in such real ways.  Every character strives to survive life through the emotional struggles handed to them by their situations.   The characters made this book real for me.

There is a sequel to this.  It is on my must read list.  There is no way I cannot see what happens from here.  Having said that, the sequel is not one of those must reads to find the answers books.  The book is rounded off and ended in a dynamic way that does not keep you guessing.  This book is finished.  But, the sequel will be another story all of its own that I just have to read, because I am nosey and want to know what the characters do next.

Yes, you should read this book.  Yes, you should watch the movie.  But, read the book first!


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

Happy reading

This was available from:  Fishpond, Amazon and Book depository

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