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Me After Me Before You (A Book Review)

I am an emotional mess.
Here's to the first book that made me rethink about how I'm living my life.
(This review includes a spoiler-free and a spoilers portion)


Okay. Re-wind. I'm pretty sure you have heard of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes already. If not, you should drop everything now and pick up a copy of Me Before You because it is just beautiful. Again, this review has a spoiler-free portion. I will let you know when I'm going to dive into the good stuff (aka the part with the spoilers).
What is Me Before You about? 
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.
 (Goodreads) 
It isn't just your average love story. The story revolves around Louisa Clark. She lives in a small town in England, where she settled for a really simple life. When Louisa lost her job at the cafe, she was desperately in search for a new one. Enter Will Traynor. Will, a quadriplegic, who lived an adventurous life up until the accident. The two, both from contrasting lives, found similarities in one another and started a bond that would forever change their lives.
I can't compare it to any other novel I've read because nothing has ever made such a huge impact to me. I guess if you're into contemporary books and books that would make you think a lot, I highly recommend picking up this novel (even if you've seen the movie! Obviously because they cut out a lot of important stuff!!!). Jojo Moyes's writing is pretty laid-back, it wasn't too plain but it was simple. I thought it fitted well though because the book is Louisa's POV and the way Moyes wrote it is exactly how Louisa was characterized. You could really hear her tone and understand how she thinks. I related to Louisa Clark. Maybe that's why I really loved this book. Overall, my rating is 5 out of 5

 Listen to Maybe by Birdy when you read it! It's perfect!

END of spoiler-free section!

Art print I won from Society6's giveaway on Instagram. The art is by Quibe.
Okay spoilers section! You've been warned okay?! Scroll past this if you haven't read or watched the movie.

I have a few things I really want to talk about....
  1. THE MAZE. Okay, from the context of the maze scenes, we can assume that Louisa was raped. I think. Am I right? Anyway, it was the scene were we get a little more of Louisa's history. She wasn't the perfect cheerful person we are introduced to... she has some flaws too! This was the main reason why I was a bit disappointed with the film adaptation... They cut it out! It would've been more emotional if they included that. However, from an article I read, they actually tried to film the maze scene, but it didn't translate perfectly into the film. *sad face*
  2. PATRICK. I'm honestly not a huge fan of him because I thought that he was so insensitive and so selfish. I can't believe he was like that to Louisa. I feel like I could understand his situation but still. (Omg I'm rambling)
  3. CLARK SISTERS. Jojo Moyes did a really great job with writing Louisa and Katrina's relationship. Their relationship with each other is love and hate but mostly love and understanding. You can tell Louisa gets annoyed with Katrina (especially when she was leaving home to continue her education and when she's asking too much from their family), however she can't be mad at her for so long because they're sisters and they support each other no matter what. I just loved that. 
  4. EMILIA CLARKE.  Okay this isn't really a spoiler or anything but... I've never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, and I haven't read any of the books. But oh my goodness, I am obsessed with Emilia Clarke! She seems like a really cool person and she's really funny on Instagram. However, from the film Me Before You,  I felt like her eyebrows were so squiggly? They were moving around a lot! I couldn't stand it (especially in the beginning of the film). (Is it just me?!) 
  5. THE FEELS. Why did this book "change my life"? This book hit me hard. Okay, the romance was good but so much life lessons! I related to Louisa in so many levels. I'm living a comfortable life and I haven't really pushed myself to experience anything new... I'm stuck. I feel like I'm stuck as how Louisa was stuck. And! Will's letter to Louisa after he continued with the assisted suicide felt like it was addressed to me as well. It's like a little push for me and it made me open my eyes to all the things I am missing.  
I know a lot of people didn't really like it and I know that there are a lot of issues going on about people with disabilities and how the book and the film is shocking... But overall, I thought Louisa and Will's relationship was incredible but heartbreaking.

END of spoilers.

Any thoughts about the book or the film? Have you read or are you going to read After You? Let me know! Let's talk in the comments! :-)

M.

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