Me Before You – JoJo Moyes


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 is a book which has been recommended to me on various occasions and I never got round to picking it up. Frankly I had heard about the ending and being the giant emotional mess that I am, I think I was scared to experience it but I’m so glad I finally gave it a go because it’s beautiful and heart wrenching and it is easily my favourite book so far this year. (most likely forever)

I whole heartedly believe Me Before You deserves the 5 star rating in which I am giving it, JoJo Moyes is a writer who prior to this book I wasn’t familiar with but I found her writing to be exquisite; it was a perfect mix of just enough description to paint a full picture but not too much to make you bored. In fact I fell into the story so easily and felt like I knew the characters personally. Additionally to this her writing was consistent throughout and it kept me interested and intrigued as to what could happen next. Me Before You is a very emotional book, but I never expected it to fill me with so much hope for Will and hope for a certain outcome which ultimately I knew wasn’t going to happen but I held onto that hope with a very strong grip.

Additionally to this, I found myself laughing on numerous occasions throughout the book. Despite it being of a serious subject matter its filled with little jokes along the way and having seen the new extended movie trailer for the upcoming film I did picture Sam Claflin and Emelia Clarke as Louisa and Will. I think Emelia Clarke’s own personal tendencies and characteristics are perfect for Louisa’s Character.

As a whole Me Before You is a romance novel unlike any other, it is the first book I have read which features a protagonist who is suffering from a disability therefore it already set the book apart from others I have read but what also set this book further apart was the heart wrenching love blossoming between Louisa and Will. Firstly they both seem like polar opposites, she loves bumble bee tights whilst he likes to visit the Orchestra or watch Foreign Films with Subtitles. However opposites surely do attract and soon the tension began to build, as a reader I felt like Me Before You offered such a wonderful and unique experience as it drew so many different emotions out of me as each chapter passed and I felt like I was part of the story. It was as if I was experiencing it first-hand rather than as an outsider.

Another unique element to this book and JoJo Moyes writing style is her incorporation of numerous point of views, on the whole the book is from Louisa’s Point of View but as the book progresses and the heavier themes such as Dignitas (Assisted Suicide) are introduced we begin to experience Chapters From  Nathans point of view to Will’s parents. This allowed us to build a bigger picture of the story from his loved one’s point of views, we could experience more emotions and understand their thought processes as they each had known him longer than Louisa’s 6 months.

You can go into this book having strong views for or against assisted suicide but the book truly makes you see the point of views and arguments of the person who is suffering and their loved ones. Will’s story was heart breaking, I had so much hope that suddenly there would be a treatment that could fix his disability then he would go back to being the old Will and he and Louisa could live Happily Ever After, like a fairy-tale but the book stayed truthful to real life and their story ended in a much sadder but still beautiful way.

Overall I think Me Before You is a book worth reading no matter the genre you love, it is truly a beautiful but heart breaking story. I have recommended it to so many of my friends already. Once I had finished it I wasn’t sure whether I should do this review straight after or if I should of waited until the morning when my tears were dry, but I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts and hear what you thought during your readings of it.

Furthermore Have you read Me After You? What were your thoughts on the second book? I really want to read more based on Louisa and Will but I don’t know if I can cope with the emotions this book has made me feel. JoJo Moyes is absolutely brilliant!



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Movie Madness


This post is inspired by Kat Impossible who runs the wonderful blog Life and Other Disasters where every week she incorporates a post on new trailers that have been recently released, it is here I find the new trailers I have yet to see pop up on my Youtube homepage and she is the reason I find so many great films I want to watch. Therefore this post is dedicated to ‘Movie Madness’ which I may make into a regular feature where I will be talking about 5 trailers I have seen recently for movies that have left me with a burning desire to watch them as soon as possible. These 5 trailers could be for upcoming movie releases, recent or even for movies already out. So without further ado here are the 5 trailers for this week…
The Danish Girl
Drama | Eddie Redmayne | Alicia Vikander

‘The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.’
Thoughts: I finally decided to give the Trailer for The Danish Girl a chance after watching The Oscars 2016, Alicia Vikander won the category of Best Supporting Actress and I realised I had always skipped passed the trailer when it came on my screen and I really needed to give it a chance. I found the trailer to begin to incite emotions from me just within the 2 minute trailer alone and I think this is a film I will actually really enjoy with it being based on a true story.

Drama | Brie Larson | Jacob Tremblay

‘Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her 5-year-old son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time’
Thoughts: Similarly to The Danish Girl, after watching The Oscars and witnessing Brie Larson win her award for Best Actress for this movie I watched the Trailer immediately and it made me cry, just from the 2 minutes of the trailer as you could see the heart-breaking story this movie will take you through. This movie is based on the bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue also titled ‘Room’, after reading an array of reviews [all giving the movie high star ratings] it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to this one.

Historical Drama | Helena Bonham Carter | Meryl Streep | Carey Mulligan

‘SUFFRAGETTE is the first ever feature film to tell the inspirational story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who risked everything in the fight for equality’

Thoughts: SUFFRAGETTE is actually a movie that was recommended to me by my best-friend, I hadn’t seen the trailer anywhere prior to her watching the movie herself which I was rather shocked about. I would have expected to have seen it on the internet or television somewhere, but I’ve always been curious and interested into the story of the SUFFRAGETTES and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this movie depicts that story and the age in which these strong women were living in and fighting for our equal rights. (Does it make me terrible that I do not know the full expansive history of the New Women and the Suffragette Movement? – We were never taught this at school but it is something I’ve been interested in and I am going to research more in-depth)

Historical Drama | Saoirse Ronan | Emory Cohen | Domhnall Gleeson

‘An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), but faces temptation from another man (Domhnall Gleeson) when she returns to her homeland for a visit’
Thoughts: I have watched the trailer for Brooklyn a number of times and I still haven’t gotten around to watching it [Kicking myself]. I adore Saoirse Ronan, I think she is a wonderfully talented actress and finally a movie in which she can use her lovely Irish Accent! I’m looking forward to Brooklyn as the trailer depicts the premise of a love triangle as Saoirse’s character must return back home to Ireland after moving to America in the hopes of a better life and who doesn’t love a good love triangle element. The fact that this movie is set in 1950’s New York is also what is making this movie appeal so much to me, I have always been drawn to the clothes and style of this moment in history. Finally the concept of the movie itself is really intriguing and I’m looking forward to how the movie portrays Saoirse’s character first arriving in New York and if it tackles her feeling like an outsider in anyway alongside the romantic elements.

Me Before You
Romantic Drama | Emilia Clarke | Sam Claflin

‘Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined’

Thoughts: Last but certainly not least, Me Before You.
Ah I have been recommended the book by JoJo Moyes a number of times and I placed it on my TBR pile and never thought of it again, until Christmas when I bought my mum the book to see if she would get round to reading it faster than me and inspire me to finally pick it up…She didn’t! But I am inspired to read the book prior to this movie release as the story looks both beautiful and heart-breaking.
In terms of casting I have to say I think they have done a tremendous job by hiring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin for the two main protagonists. Individually they are both wonderfully talented actors but together, from what I can sense from the trailer and the emotions it ignites within me I believe they will have true chemistry and be phenomenal.
That’s a wrap…
As you can see each of these movies lean towards a more serious tone incorporating the Drama Genre, so I may have to make sure to watch some comedies in between each of these movies to give myself a happiness boost. I can’t comment too much on these films based of their trailers alone so I just hope they live up to the stories depicted in their trailers and the reviews of critics who have watched them. I am truly looking forward to watching each of them and I might come back with some reviews for them if any of you would be interested in something like that? Let me know in the comments. Also Are there any movies on here you have seen? If so what did you think of them or are you looking forward to watching any movies from this list yourself? Again; Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!