Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is probably one of the ‘hottest’, yet most controversial, books of the moment. My friend Kaeli leant me her copy after gushing to me about it over breakfast one morning. I absolutely devoured it. Honestly, it was finished within about 24 hours..
Initially, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book all that much. My mum had read it probably about five or so years ago, and I can remember watching her cry to it (it’s the last line of the final chapter, I tell you..!). It’s also based around an extremely controversial topic at the moment, which was another off, if I’m being honest. I have friends who have similar situations to Will and felt that they were being misrepresented or told that they were worth less. I can see both sides to the argument, but I felt that Moyes handled the topic extremely well.
Will’s predicament was a thought-provoking one. At the end of the book, there are a list of ‘book club’ questions, which I ended up thinking through on my own. I also had a fairly lengthy conversation with my mum about it all. She asked me questions about Louisa’s mum’s reaction, how I felt about the book on the whole, how I felt about Moyes’ approach to the situation.
For obvious reasons, this isn’t an easy read. However, it’s extremely thought-provoking and definitely well worth a look..
Favorite page/line: Page 163-164 – “I felt the music like a physical thing; it didn’t just sit in my ears, it flowed through me, around me, made my senses vibrate. It made my skin prickle and my palms dampen. Will hadn’t described any of it like this. I had thought I might be bored. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard.” (as a musician, this really speaks to me..).
Read if: You honestly think you can handle it. I’m fairly certain the only reason I didn’t cry was because I knew what happened. There was a drop in my stomach from the first page & I was actually shaking at the end..!
P.s. thanks for all the love on my last book review – it really meant a lot!