Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Book Review: Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes

Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 409
Format: Paperback, Movie Tie-In
Published: April, 2016
Price: Rp232.000 (Periplus)
Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Date started: July 25, 2016 - Date finished: August 1, 2016

Synopsis:
The New York Times bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture; US release on June 3, 2016.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Review:
Louisa Clark is a plain simple girl with a simple life, she has a job working in a café that she likes, a steady relationship with her boyfriend that has lasted years and a family that loves her. Louisa never really thought about anything else because she's content with her life just the way it is. Then one day, the owner of the cafe that Louisa works for decided to close the cafe and Louisa is left to find another job. With her limited qualifications, she also had limited choice of work that is until a job as a caretaker pops up and she decided to give it a go.

The caretaker job is for Will Traynor, an ex-business mogul who loved adventures and traveling but is now stuck in a wheelchair because of an accident that turned him quadriplegic. At first, Louisa was not comfortable with the care taking job because Will is a really annoying person during the first length of time she took the job. There was a point where Louisa wanted to quit her job just because she couldn't stand Will, that is until she overheard a secret that the Traynor family has been hiding from her, from then on Louisa has made it her life's mission to change Will's perspective on life but what she didn't expect was that Will also changed the way Louisa sees the world.
“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
So recently this book has been out for a while and it was really hyped up in booktube and I saw some really glowing reviews for this book on Goodreads. When there was news that a movie adaptation is going to be released I decided to pick this book up and read it before I watch the movie. I'm pretty disappointed with this book to say the least, I for one think that this book is one of those books that is so overly-hyped-up and it didn't live up to its sky-high expectations. People's reviews were like saying that this is one of the best books of all time and saying that they were a giant ball of weeping mess when they finished this book. Automatically, I assumed that when I was done reading this book I would react the same way, but I didn't. This book was just "okay" for me and I didn't even shed a single tear.
I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.
Let me discuss the strength of this book, which was definitely the characters. The author can really write characters that you can relate to or feel like you know them well. In this book I really loved Louisa's character, I mean who doesn't? She has such a good heart, good intentions and she's just one of those rare people that has a positive outlook on life even though life in reality actually sucks. Will on the other hand I really, really hated but to be fair at the last few pages he did make up for his arsehole-ness and douchebag-ness but it wasn't enough to make me like him. Will was genuinely annoying, at times I found myself wanting to throw this book when reading Will's dialogue. Treena was also a bit annoying sometimes and Louisa's parents can also be annoying even though I think they didn't realize that they were being annoying. Patrick on the other hand was just plain ignorant.

The problems I had with this book, other than it being an emotional book that didn't capture me emotionally at all was the writing. So the writing was in the form of first person POV, which is the reader in Louisa's shoes but then at times it would change characters but still using the same first person POV style. I didn't get why the author did this because it just made this book hella confusing. I just think this book could've been perfectly fine without the perspective of other characters because they didn't really contribute much to the main plot line of the story. Another problem that I had with this book was that I think that I've felt that it was unnecessary long in its length. I actually had to push myself to finish this book.

To conclude I just think that this book isn't my cup of tea or perhaps I wasn't in the right mood to read this kind of book, either way I am quite curious about the sequel and the movie adaptation though. I really hoped that I liked the movie adaptation better because my KHALEESI is playing Louisa and I also would give the sequel a try, probably not in the near future though.

That's all for now!

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