Friday, April 29, 2016

*Review* Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Genre: Chick Lit
Published: December 31st 2012
Pages: 369


Lou Clark knows lots of things. 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.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book because that was the only way I would finish it in time for my book club meeting this month. It took me a while to get used to the British accents (which make perfect sense for the story), but once I did, I quite enjoyed the narration. The opposite gender voices weren't great, but they also weren't awful, and the voices were decently distinct.

My initial reaction to this book as posted on Goodreads was "Go to Hell Jojo Moyes" and I stand by that even now. She ripped my freakin' heart out and bludgeoned it with a dull spoon, then threw it into the Thames.

This book did a masterful job of putting me into Louisa's shoes for the whole book, but also did a great job of showing me Will's point of view so that I could understand his motivations as well.

Overall I give Me Before You 5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children. 
Bio from Goodreads.

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