Series: Me Before You #1
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Published on December 31st 2012
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
It turns out I am actually having a pretty hard time finding the exact words I want to use to describe this book. So if at any point this turns into incoherent rambling, that is probably why.
First of all, let me just say that I was captivated by this book. I don’t know if it was the lovely writing, or Lou’s personality or that I just kept waiting for another moment with Will, but I just adored it. I couldn’t wait till the end of the day when I finally had a chance to pick it back up. There was just something about it.
Lou is wonderful. I loved every single second of growing with her. She was a breath of fresh air, much different than all of the female leads I have read lately. The only thing that even annoyed me the slightest about her was that she didn’t ditch her boyfriend sooner. What a tool. I hate that guy. But it was all part of her growing process and things needed to happen a certain way. Will became so lovable, and so tragic. I couldn’t imagine his situation, nor could I imagine being in Lou’s shoes and watching someone be so miserable in life. It was torture every time Lou went home and I had to wait for her to be back around Will.
This story is beautiful to no end. I was captivated, and happy, and heartbroken. It was almost cathartic. I was crying, and the conflict of reasons why was both heavy on my chest and light in my soul. Moyes has caught my attention, and I cant wait to read more of Lou’s story and pick up some of her others.
I can’t wrap this up without mentioning the two absolutely stunning actors they have playing in the movie.
I mean… that is just beautiful. Like, I could gag. So between the gorgeous people, and the fact that the trailer looks like it stays pretty true to the book, I think we are going to have an amazing adaptation with this one!