Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Book Review

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s an article by Jojo Moyes in the back titled ‘Erich Segal’s legacy: movies that make you weep’. Moyes discusses her love of books (and movies) that she refers to as ‘weepies’ – my sisters and I call these ‘heartstompers’, which I tend to prefer because they really do feel as though your heart has been ripped out and stomped on. I LOVE these kinds of books and movies. Crazy, I know. I love to feel all of the feelings and bawl my eyes out in the process.

Although there were a few moments throughout Me Before You that made me cry, I didn’t bawl my eyes out at the end as much as I wanted to, hence the 4 stars and not 5. But maybe that’s my fault. Perhaps I didn’t choose the right moment to finish the book. Perhaps I didn’t set up my reading time and situation for the full potential – I like to be alone, in nearly complete silence so that I can almost hear my own pain (the further this goes on the crazier I’m sounding!). My focus has to be on point. And perhaps it wasn’t. Perhaps I was buzzing a little too much from the chai tea that I’d just consumed. Whatever the reason, I simply didn’t cry deep, heaving, I-can’t-breathe-so-I-need-to-stop-reading-for-a-minute-to-compose-myself kind of crying. But this book was still great.

I really liked Lou. I’ve read other reviews where people complain about her being an immature brat who didn’t want to do anything with her life. But come on guys, it’s not like she never had a job or didn’t want one. She simply didn’t want to reach for the stars and experience the possible brilliance that is out there. She wanted a life of safety and comfort, and is that really so bad? Life is scary and Lou is just one example of a character who wanted to hide from it a little. We can’t all be brave souls who put themselves out there and try anything and everything, and hey, she got somewhere in the end anyway!

I also liked the dynamic between Lou and her sister Treena. They were both adults who fought like teenagers, and this is probably what I would be like with my own sisters if we still lived with our parents in our twenties. They were also completely different and sometimes clashed, but they always pulled through for each other in the end and I think that represents a true relationship between sisters.

Will. I liked him. But why did he have to be so rich and handsome? On the one hand, woo, he’s rich and handsome, awesome! But on the other. Would Lou still have fallen in love with Will if he wasn’t rich and handsome? The handsome part is perhaps arguable because people have different perceptions on attractiveness and there isn’t exactly a set of rules for what constitutes a good looking person. But why did he have to be so rich? Part of it was that some things wouldn’t have been possible without him and his family having money, but I don’t think it was necessary for him to be rich. I guess I’m just tired of stories representing these rich, entitled men that are oh so attractive. They’re all one great big Cinderella story that I believe are sending out the wrong kind of vibes to women. There are plenty of intelligent, amazing men out there that aren’t all dripping with money and incredibly handsome. And I know that in Will’s case he didn’t exactly have the life he wanted being confined to a wheelchair, but plenty of people with disabilities are awesome and funny and smart without being rich. So I just kind of wish that there wasn’t the whole money thing because then the story becomes a bit more of a fantasy and a little less real. And in the end, maybe that’s why I didn’t cry as much.

Now to decide whether or not I’ll read the next installment!

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