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Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

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.059f38a0-b3b6-0133-b37e-0e438b3b98d1

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.

***

This movie-tie edition was published by Penguin Books, April 2016-

I started this book one April night, I retired at 67 pages, not even a third into the world Jojo Moyes has carefully orchestrated. And then, a simple day later, 413 pages carefully turned, I closed this beautiful book. It’s surprising, how quickly I found myself attached to the characters, the world. How effortlessly I laughed when they did, or cried where they might have, or took pride in the smallest of character developments.

This fictitious piece, simply a combination of letters and colourful worlds, details the importance of human life, of it’s essence. Of it’s laughs and hiccups and tears. It sends the me
ssage that there is always more. Always a future. It teaches us that the past doesn’t have to define us, that people’s thoughts do not define us. It teaches us to live, and to love and to laugh, to be free, and to be ourselves.

This brilliant work has without a doubt been a 5/5 for me. 24 hours of pure and genuine emotions, raw emotion. It’s books like these that I will never forget, lessons that will always stay with me. A pure 24 hours lost in thought, 24 hours I’ll be happy to spend again lost in the world that is Lou’ and Will’s.
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