Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Hidden away in my blog 'drafts' are a fair few book reviews that I never really got round to posting. Admittedly, I don't really read that often but every now and then I find a book that is just worth talking about.

'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes follows the compelling journey of Lou - a twenty-something year old, small town girl who has just been made redundant- and Will - a high flying businessman who's world is turned upside down when he is hit by a motorcycle.

The phrase "don't judge a book by it's cover" is something I learned quite literally with this book. After a brief skim of the blurb and a glance at the pink, girlie cover I assumed it would have a predictable plot with very little depth - oh how I was wrong. It's such a powerful, humbling and thought-provoking novel. Moyes really gives you an insight into aspects of living with a disability that most people haven't even considered before.

It's written in such a way that the reader is given an holistic view of the story, getting to see the situation from very different perspectives.  I particularly empathised with Lou, and enjoyed seeing her character develop throughout the story.

The plot takes an unexpected turn mid-way through, which completely pulls at your heart strings and makes you see the previous chapters in a whole new light.  I was unable to put the book down after this point. Overall I felt so invested with this novel, it's characters and it's incredibly intense plot.

I would definitely recommend 'Me Before You' (as well as a box of tissues!)

Ciao x


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