Me Before You {Review}


Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


Rating: ★★★★☆ {4.5}

It isn’t a big secret that contemporary is one genre I have difficulty reading, simply because often I find them predictable and cliche. That being said I had heard many a good thing about Me Before You and with the movie adaptation coming out this summer I wasn’t about to end up seeing the movie before reading the book.

The first thing I noticed was how compulsively readable I found it, I did not want to put it down (which became obvious once I realized I read 105 pages in one sitting). I found Louisa adorable and quirky without being too over the top about her oddities. What I liked most about her was how she seemed completely comfortable with the knowledge that she was just a little odder than everyone else in the world. It’s not often that I relate to a character on multiple different levels but Louisa is that character.

When I first met Will (before the accident) I nearly didn’t like him, he seemed cocky and mildly stuck up. Honestly I wish we would have been given a little bit more of Will before such a life-altering accident, if anything to simply give us a bit of perspective on how drastically things had changed. However, I found Will growing on me – he was intelligent and maybe even a little sweet.33a89bfefb4bf379537b8d89c026e93f

While I’ve heard people call this a love story, and in a way it is, I closed the pages thinking of it more as a “coming of age” story (of a sort) for adults. It was the moments when Will was trying to convince Louisa to try something new or make her realize all the things she was capable of doing that I loved the most. Because of Will’s accident he could see Louisa’s life in a different light and knew better than she did that she was wasting her potential.

Like most who have read Me Before You I did cry (come on you know you saw that coming), there may even be a stain near the end of my copy where a tear fell on the page. I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a contemporary to break up all that fantasy you’ve been reading lately; however, I will say that the main topic at hand in this book is one that may be a cause for differing opinions.

I can’t say that Me Before You has been put on my list of favourite books (which I don’t actually have sadly), but it is one of those rare contemporaries that I will actually be keeping in my personal library and can expect a future re-read.




4 thoughts on “Me Before You {Review}

  1. Glad you loved it this is one of my favorites as well. I can’t wait for the movie, I love the trailer and the casting 😀
    I agree on the coming of age for adults theme it’s so much more then a love story. Lou’s is one of my favorite characters and her quirks and clothes are adorable.

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