me before you by jojo moyes (tw: self-harm/suicide mention)
overall rating: 4.3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
character development: 4.5
genre: adult fiction, chick lit, contemporary, romance
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’ve been dying to read his book for the longest time, especially since the movie came out recently (ish), and i finally got my hands on it!
i really loved will and lou, who are both entertaining and realistic characters. they both definitely change dramatically over the course of the story. because of their interactions, they both become new people, and they truly do “change the other for all time.”
their relationship also develops rather slowly (no insta-love here!), and i really enjoy the build-up before they realize how they feel.
the plot moves quickly but doesn’t feel rushed, and all the characters’ actions feel very realistic. some scenes in the book are very exciting; others get extremely emotional—i cried a lot at the end. there are a few plot twists throughout the book, but i didn’t see most of them coming, and i didn’t think anything was predictable.
i don’t have much to say about the writing, but it fit lou’s personality, and i enjoyed seeing things from her perspective.
overall, me before you is a book that will definitely take you on a roller coaster of emotions.
have you read this? what did you think?