Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


About the book

Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life?

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 teashop 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.

What I thought

I imagine most have already read this book if they were ever going to read it. I’m a bit late to the party. But hey never mind, better late than never as the saying goes.

My daughter passed her copy on to me. She loved it and went on to read the next two in the series. I think I will wait a little while before reading the other two.

For anyone who hasn’t yet read it, the story is about a young quadriplegic man – Will Traynor and Lou Clark who becomes his assistant and paid companion.

There is more to the story than just Will and Lou. There’s the relationship between Lou and her sister and Lou’s Mum and Dad.  Lou has always tended to live in the shadow of her sister.  Lou was happy working at the local cafe until her boss decided to sell up and she found herself out of a job.  Still living at home with her Mum and Dad and her sister – a single mum with a desire to finish off her education and go to university, the onus was on Lou to bring in a wage – things were tight in the Clark household.

So Lou took on a position of personal assistant and companion to Will Traynor with some trepidation.  After a rather rocky start, Lou with fierce encouragement from her sister tries to make the best of the job and does her best to bring Will out of himself.  After overhearing a conversation about Will from his Mother, it’s with shock that Lou comes to realise just why Will’s mother insists that Lou never lets Will out of her sight for too long.

After many ups and downs and quite a few laughs along the way, the two eventually fall very much in love.  Is it enough to change Will’s mind on his future though?

It is a very powerful story tinged with overwhelming sadness.  Yet there is hope left at the end of it all and I know I will read the next book in the series in the not too distant future.  I can understand why this book was such a success and how much it is loved by its readers.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

6 thoughts on “Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    1. It is a very sad story. I must admit I liked The One Plus One a little more. Thank you for your comment, it’s lovely to hear other readers opinions on books.

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    1. I think sometimes it’s good to quit while you’re ahead and perhaps leave on a high note. I’ve still not read either of the next two. Perhaps maybe I may leave it at Me Before You.


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