For book number seventeen I have finally read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. All I can say is – better late than never! This has been on my ‘to be read’ list for quite some time and i’m sad to say that I saw the film first, which is a pet hate of mine! Here’s the synopsis for those of you who have not yet read it;
‘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.’ (Courtesy of Amazon)
I think it is fair to say that in 99% of examples, the book is better than the film. This is one of those books. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the film and probably more so than if I had read the book first. The actors chosen were perfect for their roles. However, it wasn’t until I started reading this novel that I discovered just how much was missing from the film; details that really helped to shape Will and Lou, our main characters. It is a mistake to believe that this novel is about Will Traynor, a strong man who loses everything in one single moment. This novel is also about Lou and her journey away from her pain filled past, something she seeks to hide from with her strong (and sometimes questionable ) fashion sense!
This is a beautiful, albeit sometimes gut-wrenching story of how two people from two very different walks of life come together to save each other. Together, they are able to find some joy once more out of the depths of their own private miseries to change their future paths forever.
There really is very little I can say about this book, except prepare yourself to laugh and cry. Read this book!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars