Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I Cried Like A Baby

Me Before You #1

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

I can't believe I hadn't given this book a second thought before the movie announcement, because this book is bloody wonderful and I already know that there's no way the film will be anywhere as heartwarming/heartbreaking as the book. I had to read this book a bit slowly - three days - because there were so many feels, but I really wish I went even slower because I want to re-live it all over again. I love everything about this book (except maybe one thing that I won't discuss because it's a major spoiler) and ugh. I still hurt.

This may be hands-down my favorite contemporary romance novel ever. Forget The Fault In Our Stars, because Me Before You is so much better than any realistic romance you have ever read before, guaranteed. So why is it that you need this book right now and don't you even dare try to watch the movie before devouring this book?

1. From the first moment your eyes meet those of snarky, rude, and arrogant Will Traynor, you know he's going to rip your heart into shreds without even lifting a finger.

2. The main character, Louisa, is lovely, and all her problems + the crazy family dynamics will draw you in, make your heart grow, and also make it feel like brittle glass that leaves you feel miserable, but it's worth every moment.

3. Banter between Will and Louisa is life, and they both grow so much through this novel and everything is beautiful and hurting.

4. The romance isn't the only thing that makes this book amazing - the complicated bonds forged and cut between people, and the absolute realism to the storytelling makes the novel indescribable. There's no sugarcoating - people don't always do what you want. People don't always change for the better, and sometimes there's nothing to do but to accept that. But that doesn't mean you can't eat ice cream and blow your nose into tissues while you're working on that accepting we just talked about.

5. I don't care what you've been told - no way will you be ready for the ending when the moment finally arrives. 

If you like The Sound Of Music, read this book.
If you like agonizing love stories, read this book.
If you like books, read this book.

And if you are even thinking about watching the movie, don't you dare not read this book.

Rating: ★★★★★


  1. I keep seeing the trailer for this movie on TV. It’s made me really interested in the book, even though it’s not my usual type of read. I added it to my TBR list.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. You should definitely read the book, especially since you like the movie trailer :) I can't wait to hear what you think of the book once you get to it, especially since it's not your usual read!


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