‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes

‘Some mistakes just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you.’

'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes
Author Jojo Moyes

This novel is not a tale I that I would customarily be drawn towards. I feel life, although great, is generally hard and sad and as such my chosen books – and the worlds that they create, which I then lose myself in so easily – lean more towards the happily ever after. Reading is an escape for me and while this book does not end happily (something a reader can ascertain from a brief glance at the book description), the deep impression the story leaves is worth the tears shed by this reader on a crowded, rush-hour train.

‘You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.’

Jojo Moyes’s novel tells the story of Louisa Clark, a woman who is afraid to live, and Will Traynor, a man who wishes not to live. Louisa is adorably relatable and realistically imperfect – she is a woman you would become friends with, with her quirky sense of style and unassuming nature. Will is a self-proclaimed asshole, a man who had everything, did everything, traveled everywhere, lived the life of a giant and after an accident which occurred while he simply walked to work, is now stuck in a broken body that can not satisfy the intense spirit that once was ‘Will’. Thrown together, the two characters are able to learn from each other in so many true-to-life inspirational and utterly heartbreaking ways

This book is not simply words on a page but more an experience. I loved every minute – through my tears, through my angst, and through my desire for Will Traynor to have a miraculous and unrealistic recovery. And for once, I was able to live with the unhappily ever after ending – and, in fact, be completely satisfied with it – for the story was rich, and real, and so much more than a fairytale.

After reading this novel I found myself reevaluating my life, my fears, and my dreams. When was the last time a book did that for you?

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 5 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 3 {out of 5} stars | ★★★☆☆
RATING: 5 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★

{This novel was gifted to Her Literary Salon by Viking/Penguin Books USA. Penguin Group also created and shared this fabulous little book club packet with me … perfect if you are interested in recommending this tale for your club.}

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