I’ve reached the halfway mark in my 2016 reading challenge!
This book by Jojo Moyes follows the lives and relationship of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Louisa is an eccentric young woman who has lived her entire life in a tiny village in England without much desire or motivation to expand her horizons or see what lies beyond her parents home in her small town. Will, on the other hand, was once a high-powered and affluent financier who lived life to the fullest until a tragic accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Will’s accident and resulting paralysis turn his outlook on life quite cynical until Louisa enters as his caregiver and attempts to help him see everything that is worth living for. The two strike up a lovely friendship that changes each of them in ways they could have never thought possible.
Me Before You has been on my “to read” list for a LONG time. I’ve heard friends and other bloggers absolutely rave about this book for years, so I was excited to start reading it to see what all the hype was about. I won’t go into specifics about the storyline because even after hearing about this book for a while now, much of it was a surprise to me. I really wanted to love this book like my friends did, but I just couldn’t. I’ve read reviews where people mentioned how they bawled throughout the entire book so I was expecting to do the same because I am a huge ball of mush when it comes to sappy stories, but I didn’t shed a single tear reading this book. Maybe that makes me a robot, but I didn’t see the depth in the characters that I really wanted and while I did enjoy the relationship that Louisa and Will struck up, I never got invested in them or really truly “felt” their love and respect for one another. I wanted to connect with the two of them, but in the end, I didn’t. There’s just no other way to put it. The ending of the story didn’t sit well with me either. Again, I don’t want to give it away, so I know this all may sound annoyingly vague, but this book was a big upset for me.
I know my opinion on this book is in the minority, so if you’ve read it and loved it, please share your thoughts with me! I’m open to them and maybe you can help me see this book in a different light.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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