Me Before You Download eBook by Jojo Moyes Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews I really don't know what to say. I started this book a couple of hours ago, after seeing it on a Goodreads list and having it sitting in my stack of unread books for so long, I decided to finally dive in. The term 'never judge a book by its cover' strongly applies to my current situation. The cover is probably what put me off reading it for a long time since I got it. I have never liked romance novels all that much but for some reason, this book really struck a heartstring as I got deeper into the story. In my journey along the chapters, the novel keeps proving my cliché-seeking skills wrong to the point that I got so frustrated that I had to make tea. Current famous novels and television shows conditions our mind to expect what's going to happen next, and sadly, I opened this book thinking that the outcome would be the same as any romance novel which is the reason that had caused me to have a slight aversion to the genre; but I was both unexpectedly pleased that it didn't end in a cliché and also very gutted that it didn't. The story was very uplifting and has the perfect mix of struggles and redemptions. I found myself sometimes skipping sentences and having to re-read them again because I had been so excited to know more about the characters. I had been so invested in Lou's narration that it threw me off and slightly confused me the first time another person's POV was introduced. Overall it tells a compelling and very moving story between two individuals who lead totally different lives and crossed paths due to drastic circumstances. I understand that this review makes me sound unstable but when it comes to reading novels, aren't we all? For an author to get a reader to have that instability for feeling with his or her characters and story is truly a wonderful thing. It's a connection like no other. This novel is definitely something I'm keeping in my shelf of favourite books and to be read again in due time to pick up on things I haven't before, which may make the experience of reading such a delightful novel even better if possible. Now excuse me while I sink in my bed an emotional lump of eternal sadness not because of the story (okay maybe 75% of it is due to this friggin novel), but because it ended.
What is there to say that hasn’t been already said about this book? Glowing reviews, one of the publishing people whispering to me “Oh that’s wonderful” and Jo-Jo Moyes herself being a complete delight. World Book Night ensuring another few thousand rush for the tissue box. It grabbed me from the first page when I picked it off the table in the Artists area at world book night. While my husband was being photographed and sound tested, I was getting right into it and on the plane next day (despite three hours sleep) was back into it. Even Rome had to wait while I finished it. In many ways it’s a simple, easy read. There aren’t twists or real surprises (though at one stage I thought the author was going to cheat and take the easy way out, but she doesn’t), mostly seen through Louisa Clark’s eyes (occasional chapter from her sister or Wills the heroes helper and father that helped convey some things that couldn’t be otherwise, but I didn’t think were all that necessary) it moves towards the inevitable with the tissue pile mounting. So why was it so good? Simply two great characters (and Louisa’s family are really done well, and so in Running Man her boyfriend) and a great premise. A premise with heart, topical and important. Yet somehow Moyes manages to make Euthanasia gripping and uplifting; this is the real brilliance of the novel. Despite the tissues, and the topic, Louisa is zany, quirky and fun and there are plenty of wonderful light moments. I loved it, even if
it does still bring tears to my eyes.
This will teach me not to judge a book by it's cover! The 80's romance font on the red background was off-putting and the other cover combined with the book synopsis made it sound like a girls coming of age story/chick lit. However, I could not be more surprised that I absolutely adored this book. I don't want to give anything away but the question of 'will he or won't he?' pulled me through this story to the very end. I felt so invested in Lou and Will that I just kept turning page after page even though I could feel a lump in my throat from trying not to cry. I read this in 2 days and I could've easily done it in a day, but I had to step away. To take a break. Because I knew. I just knew how it was going to end and I wasn't ready. If I had to describe this book in one word it would be poignant. I double checked the definition just to be sure I got it right: (a) 1. painfully affecting the feelings: piercing. 2. deeply affecting: touching (b) designed to make an impression. Yes, it was definitely all those things and more. Technically it's not a romance, but it is love story. A beautifully written one in my opinion. If you need a break from the typical romances, 'new adult' and YA romances out there, I would recommend Me Before You. Just don't forget the tissues and a hot cup of tea!
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