Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: 2013; Pages: 369
In Short: A Girl and a Boy in a small British town with a castle. I’m sorry what? Here’s a link to Goodreads. Honestly, this post doesn’t get better until the Bottom Line Section…just warning you! Thank goodness I’m not writing this post for a publisher or author. I’d be fired.
Why I Read It: For book club at A Real Bookstore. Although when it was suggested I quickly agreed because of the buzz this one has been receiving.
Thoughts in General: It was a really fun treat for me as my mom also read this book and attended book club with me. Although she doesn’t procrastinate like I do and so she had a head start on the reading. In a text she said that she liked the book but it was simple and predictable. Lovely–I began to wonder if this was another twitter buzz-book that had been way oversold by the early readers. I started the book a week before the meeting and for the first several nights I fell asleep while reading. Mom was right–it was OK but it was simple and a bit plodding.
But then something turned in the book for me and I became emotionally absorbed within the story. I had to read the last third of the book the day of my book club meeting and for the last fifty (yes 50) pages of the book I was a sobbing, heaving mess in Starbucks. Let me tell you about the strange looks that I received from on-lookers. Looks of pity and concern and ‘what the hell is wrong with you.’ I really wanted to put a sticky on the front of my book that said “emotional read – stop gawking at me” but I embraced the tears and the red face and the small tiny little gasps that escaped from within me.
Do you like how I haven’t told you anything about this book? This is why I suck at writing book posts lately. I don’t really care to tell you about the book, I just want to tell you about my experience reading it so that maybe you can have the same experience or if know that you don’t want to have the same experience you can stay away from the book. I would totally read a book if you told me you sobbed for the last 50 pages in public. I wouldn’t even need to know what the book was about–just as I had no idea what this one was about. Thank you for stopping by; I do hope you’ll be back.
Bottom Line: I recommend Me Before You. I wish that I hadn’t spent the first 150 pages of the book restless but once the story started to come together I fell in love. The writing isn’t anything to call home about but the story is complex and the characters all developed nicely. I would also definitely recommend this for book clubs. There is a wealth of topics to discuss and we had several great conversations about the book.
First – Have you read Me Before You? Do you plan to? Thoughts?
Second – How do you feel about early buzz amongst books that make the rounds in the book blogging world? Yes, it’s a vague question probably better suited for a discussion post…