Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You Series
Published by: Pamela Dorman Books on December 31, 2012
ISBN-13:  978-0670026609
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Romance
My Rating:  3/5

“Me Before You” is my first Jojo Moyes book.  Although I enjoyed this read, I have to say that I don’t really understand the overwhelming hype for this novel.  To me it is just another predictable story of love and loss.

Summary:  William Traynor, a successful businessman, suffers a tragic accident which lands him into the new unwanted life of a quadriplegic.  After Will’s accident he meets young Louisa Clark, a small-town ordinary girl who is hired, by his parents, as his new caregiver and companion.  Louisa’s first encounter with Will leads her to believe he is arrogant and harsh.  Louisa, determined to keep her new much-needed job, refuses to allow his arrogance to overwhelm her.  This starts the journey of a new relationship between two very different people from completely different worlds.

My Thoughts:  My overall impression of “Me Before You” is it is plainly, underwhelming.  After reading so many raving reviews about this book, maybe my expectations were too high?  Personally, I found the writing style to not be overly creative or descriptive, which almost gave it a flat feeling, the story to be a bit contrived and cliche, and frankly just predictable.  With that said, I did find the storyline to be interesting, the characters to be relatable, and the theme to be strong, however, I have a difficult time saying it is anything more than just a decent read.  Would I recommend it?  Maybe.  If you enjoy a typical love story with a semi-predictable ending, then yes.  If, however, you are not particularly fond of cliched loved stories, then I would steer clear of this one and maybe check out the newly released movie.




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