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Monday, September 30, 2013

Me Before You

I was so excited when I heard that Miss Kay was going to start a bookclub! I love reading, and it's always fun to read books along with other people so you can discuss what you loved/hated, etc. 

For the inaugural month, we all read the book Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. 

Good Reads Description: 

Lou Clark knows a lot 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 rather small and joyless now and knows exactly how he is 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 know they're going to change the other for all time. 

To be perfectly honest, I was really not very excited about this pick. I read the summary, and wasn't pulled into or interested in the story very much at all. And it took me a couple of chapters to gain any kind of interest in the characters, too. The whole thing seemed kind of disorganized and messy, actually. 

But then something happened - all of a sudden I found myself really caring for these characters! I really wanted to understand why Will's family seemed so nervous and high-strung all the time - I wanted to help Louisa find a more enjoyable life - I really wanted to see Will and Louisa get together. 

My admiration for Louisa grew throughout the story, too. At first, I kind of just thought that she was a generally lazy person, content to do exactly what she knew, but no more, and who wasn't interested in the work necessary to expand her horizons. That opinion definitely changed, though!

I was torn about the end, too. My "I want everything to work out and everybody to be totally happy" heart was kind of bummed about it, but at the same time, I really liked the way it ended, because it just seemed like that's what needed to happen. 

Overall, I have to say that despite my initial thoughts, I really enjoyed this book! I'd definitely recommend it. 

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  1. Eh, it doesn't jump out to me either, but glad to see you ended up liking it.

    I wanna start a book club. We will read books like 50 Shades of Grey, hehehehe

  2. I'll be honest, even I wasn't super excited about our first pick, but I ended up loving the book! I'm glad that we're all trying to pick books that none of us would usually read!

  3. I read this book last summer, in one sitting, and I cried like a baby at the end! I tweeted about it and Jojo Moyes replied and apologised for making me cry, which I thought was so sweet! Glad you enjoyed it too in the end.


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