The Honest Review : Me Before You


Title : Me Before You
Author : Jojo Moyes
Genre : Romance
My rating : 7.5/10

Synopsis :
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never 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?


Before anything, I know a lot of people have watched the movie. Of course, who wouldn't? Besides being a quadriplegic, Will Traynor is the hottest human being on earth even when he's just sitting in his wheelchair. Even I wouldn't resist him. Hah.

I heard about the movie. I thought about watching it but I only watched it only about two months ago. By that time, I already bought the book and watching that movie only meant that I was curious about just how they adapted such a heavy book. By heavy, I don't mean it's like Harry Potter, that you need to read from the very first of the series to understand the whole series. It was emotional. It was deep. It portrays Will's despair and Louisa's loss perfectly. 

Oh, I'm so corny.

As I was searching around, I did find some reviews about the books; mostly about people complaining that it's a bad influence for disabled people. Like, being disabled isn't your license to die! You deserve to live just fine and you have everyone around you! That was it.

But note that this is an honest review. I am sixteen years-old and I speak my mind. So if you find yourself disagreeing to my review, feel free to tell me in the comment! I would love to hear some of your opinions! There will be a lot of spoilers too. Haha.

First of all, before we say anything about this book influencing bad stuff on people, just note that Will Traynor's life was perfect, incredibly perfect before he got into an accident and ended up on a wheelchair. He's used to be the perfectionist, with a perfect and beautiful girlfriend and a wonderful job and he's rich too. He was an independent man who didn't need anyone to help him out on the smallest thing. But once he got into the accident, he lost everything. His girlfriend, his ability to help himself out. He even needs somebody to help him getting dressed and eat. 

That's why I think he wants to die. Not everyone is the same. Also, considering just how his family looks at him in the book. . . Well. Not everyone can accept the fact they're disabled. Not everyone can just think that everything is going be okay after such a thing happened. Will just doesn't want to trouble others.


Reason(s) why I LOVE this book :
Louisa. Yeah, the main character. She's funny and witty, and she's cute. She's not perfect, with bad sense of fashion and dark past, but she still manages to find everything fun and she's good with people. One thing that I can relate to her is her relationship with her sister; though she's older than Treena, her younger sister, she feels like Treena owns everything, smart and sensible. She knows everything better than Louisa, thus making her feels small and not much people give her as much attention like what they give to Treena. She's happy when Treena isn't around anymore, like when it's her birthday and everyone is paying attention to her once in a while. I can relate to that very much, it's killing me. Haha. 

Also, this book is realistic and matured. Like what I said, in the end, Louisa still didn't manage to change Will's mind. Jojo Moyes succeed in making Will's character stays in his lane. He's stubborn and hardheaded. That's how he is until the end of the book. Even after Louisa stole his heart and they fell for each other, Will knows that he's still going to bring much troubles to others.

Reason(s) why I HATE this book :
Simple, the ending. Will dies. I am such a hopeless romantic who still hopes for a happy ending, and I have a mixed feeling on how he dies, and Louisa is left alone just like that. No, I don't think it's a bad idea. It's wonderful. Jojo Moyes is a great writer. It's just. . . You know. 

That's all. Thanks for reading such a bad review, if you actually read it. Haha.