Saturday, 12 April 2014

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Me Before You(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
26-year-old Lou is upset when she loses her job, and less than enthusiastic when the only job she is able to get is basically being company for a quadriplegic man called Will who wants to commit assisted suicide.
Can Lou change Will’s mind? And is loving him enough?

This book wasn’t what I expected at all, and although there were some humorous lines, I didn’t really enjoy it.

The characters in this story just didn’t call out to me at all. Every single one was either selfish, stupid, or annoying, and I really could not get past some of the ridiculous things they did or said. Sure, your brother wants to kill himself? Don’t let that change your plans at all! Want to quit your job, go to college, and have no way to support your 5-year-old son? Just go right on ahead! Want help committing suicide? Of course – don’t even consider that the people you leave behind might suffer because of your choice!

The storyline in this was not very nice. The selfishness of the characters, and the way they only thought about themselves did not help at all, and for me Lou was too much of a sheep to possibly want to change someone’s mind about something. There were a few funny lines in this that made me laugh, but overall this was not a very nice story, full of not very nice people.
The romance was a bit of a joke. Lou’s boyfriend Patrick was so self-absorbed it was ridiculous, and why she had been with him for over 7 years was beyond me. For Lou to then fall for Will, who basically then told her she wasn’t enough for him was just sad and unfair, and a less than romantic tale.
The ending was also annoying. Okay, I get that his life wasn’t what he had envisioned, but did he not consider the sadness and suffering he would be inflicting on everyone who loved him with his decision? Like I said, selfish.
Overall; not a nice story, full of not very nice characters.
4.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. You are not the first one I read complaining about how selfish the characters are. I'm so not reading this book. I think the author had a great idea but couldn't put the right words on paper.
    Great review