Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tyro Tidbits: Me Before You Book Review


I will be the first to admit that while I read a variety of books, there are very few that remain truly
in grained in my memory months, or even years later…

I had seen the book "Me Before You" on practically every Instagram feed or summer reading list for quite sometime, but never went any further to get my hands on it. Last week, I was given a copy of the book and started reading it while at the beach last weekend, with high expectations for a fluffy, guilty-pleasure type romance novels.Boy, was I flat-out wrong.

As one critic so accurately stated on the back cover, "To be devoured like candy between tears." I did devour it in two days— and indeed laughed, cried, and pondered about the book's complex layers of love, morality, life aspirations, and selflessness long after I put it down. It sounds horribly cliche, but this book will be scored on my heart forever (if you read the book, you now what I'm talking about!).

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Louisa Clark is an ordinary twenty-seven year old, with no grand ambition, goals, or minor inklings about what she wants for her future. Fate makes her take a job as a short-term companion to a thirty-five year old ex-finance whiz, ex-thrill seeker, and present-day quadriplegic who is bitter, angst-y, and truthfully horrified by the confined life he now has to lead. Though they dislike each other initially (Pride and Prejudice-style), as the book builds, Will and Louisa take on new adventures that change each other. By the end, they are no longer the same people before they met.

Yes, this book does have a romantic plot-line with a suffering, diseased main character, but it is not in any way on the same playing field as the enjoyable yet highly predictable teenage romance novels like The Fault in Our Stars or A Walk to Remember. Me Before You will leave you heartbroken, baffled, and perhaps even haunted days after you finish it, but if anything, it will also inspire you to go seek your own possibilities and adventures. What really spoke to me were the big and small adventures Will and Louisa embark on that pushes them to get out of their comfort zones, face their past fears, and discover their possibilities in life.
As Will states,“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

(Side note: I'm also very excited the author is releasing a sequel called After You this September and a movie version will be released next summer!)


It's been a long time since a read a book this good, what good books have you read lately?




4 comments:

  1. Great Review, Thanks for sharing! I'll check it out.

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  2. Thanks for the review, I've never even heard of this book but am in the market for a new one!

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  3. I read this last month thinking it'll be a quick chicklit read too! I was so wrong; it was amazing and I cried my eyes out!
    Also I can't wait for Sam Clafin to play Will Traynor!

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  4. sounds like I need to add this book to my summer reading list!
    -c.

    The Block is Haute

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