After going to London to see the movie Me Before You and watching it at home with the Hubby I decided to try reading the book. I don't usually do very well reading books after seeing the movie but I wanted to give this one a go because everyone I spoke to told me the book wasn't that different to the movie. Well after a few weeks I have just finished reading both Me Before You and After You, the sequel.
Me Before You
- 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.
I started reading Me Before you a while ago and given that I don't get much time for reading I think I finished it in record time. The book is very much like the movie apart from a few details. When reading I saw the actors who play the characters rather than conjuring the images myself but I didn't mind that. I smiled at the bits I remembered from the movie and this is the first book in a long time to make me cry.
- You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.
Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
While I knew what to expect it was still written in a way that evoked emotion and I was a blubbering wreck when I read the last few pages. For the first time in ages I had felt something for the characters I was reading about and was truly sad when I finished the book.
It was easy to read, no complicated words to wonder about, and the chapters, although slightly longer than I'm used to, were a quick read.
- When one story ends, another begins . . .
- Lou Clark has lots of questions.
- Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
- Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
- Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
- And will she ever get over the love of her life.
- What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
- Then, one night, it does.
- But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
- Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
- Open it and she risks everything.
- But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .
When I finished Me Before You it took me about two minutes to start reading the sequel, After You. I was desperate to find out what happened to Lou Clark and how she was going to cope with everything that had happened.
Obviously there is no movie for After You so it was all new to me but I didn't enjoy it any less. I read about Lou and her adventures after Me Before You. I was shocked, laughed, cried, and felt relief. Jojo Moyes is a great writer and knows how to make you feel something while you're reading.
- It is important not to turn the dead into saints. Nobody can walk in the shadow of a saint.
Jojo Moyes, After You
I finished After You a few days ago and was sad that the story had ended. I'd followed Lou Clark through her relationship with Will and afterwards and saw her grow as a person. I cried when bad things happened, smiled when things were okay, and wanted everything to turn out well for her. I don't want to give away much about the story but it's definitely worth a read.
Me Before You is available from Amazon for £3.85 (paperback) or £4.99 (Kindle).
After You is available from Amazon for £3.85 (paperback) or £4.99 (Kindle).