Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Date Started: January 1
Date Finished: January 3
Format: Paperback from my own shelf
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never 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.
So when it comes to this book I broke one of my cardinal rules when it comes to book to movie adaptations. I saw the movie first. Usually when a movie comes out that I’m interested in seeing and I know that it’s based on a book, I try to read the book first so that way I have a cleaner idea of what the movie drew from. But due to circumstances outside of my control, I saw Me Before You before I read it, but I don’t think it really mattered in the long run. I found that the movie actually stayed very truthful to the book. Sure, some things were cut – mostly a lot of Louisa’s internal monologue and her relationship with her sister – but other than that I was pretty impressed.
However, with that being said there were a few things that I didn’t like with the book. Mostly the fact that every so often the book would switch from Louisa’s POV to someone else’s – Will’s mother or dad and Nathan – and I thought that it sort of deterred from the story a bit. I also didn’t like the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I get why Will did what he did, but it’s still a rather…shocking/appalling/depressing (these aren’t really the right words, but at the moment I’m at a loss) thing to do.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Will and Louisa’s relationship is what I love – where they start out hating each other but slowly move to friendship and then to something more. Patrick was a wanker. I’m not sure if I liked either Will or Louisa’s mothers to be honest and what the hell was going on with Will’s dad?
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