Review: Me Before You (by Jojo Moyes)


This book was recommended to me by my friend. She gave me a copy of it months ago and I was only able to read it last week. Talk about being busy! That pregnancy and the baby kept my hands full. Pero keri lang! This bookworm is so back! So so so back!

And so…about the book.

Honestly, I am not sure if I love it.

Sure, the author is a great story-teller. I obviously can’t seem to put it down. And the story itself is kinda unique. The book talks about love and death. In this very weird and yet, so casual and common way. Maybe that’s why I can’t decide if I love it or not.

So, the book started with that common rich guy scenario. Rich guy woke up beside this gorgeous lady and prepared for work. The girl talks about the guy’s super busy schedule and how she wanted to have dinner with him minus the blackberry. Oh diba? Sounds family! Kaloka! I was kinda bored with it actually. But I kept on reading because that friend never failed with her suggestions.

Anyway, the first chapter ended with the guy getting hit by a motorcycle on the busy street of London. Everything went black. Na-shock ako ng slight. From the kinda boring first paragraphs, I was caught off guard. Mixed feeling agad first chapter palang!!!

And then the second chapter was written on Lou’s point of view. Naloka din ako ng slight cz I was wondering what the heck happened to the guy on the first chapter. And so this Lou is a typical poor girl. The parent’s income are not that okay. She has a sister with a baby but no husband and a sickly grandfather. And worst, the cafe she’s working at just closed leaving her jobless. Typical poor girl scenario again.

And then one day, poor Lou got an interview. The job is to take care of an invalid, a very rich invalid. And yep! That rich invalid is the guy on the first chapter. Yun pala yun. The accident left him paralyzed from chest down. He can’t really move most of his body parts and thus needed a 24/7 assistance. The moment I read this part, I was already imagining a Cinderella type of story. I know of course that they’d eventually fall in love. But I was wondering how Will (the rich guy) will get better. A miracle drug perhaps?

But the thing is, Will’s plan is go to this place in Switzerland where they’d give you a drink which will end your life in 15minutes. A suicide. But they’d allow it only on people like Will who’s life is kinda not okay. Where they think there’s no reason to live anymore. And the book focused on Lou’s attempt to change Will’s mind.

But the thing is, Will’s decision didn’t change. And he even asked Lou to be there. I mean! How twisted is that right? Until now I still can’t wrap my head around it. I just can’t. Although I know this review is a spoiler and all but I’d still recommend you read it. Just so you’d understand where I’m coming from. Why I can’t decide if I liked it or not.

I know where Will’s coming from. I mean, it’s his decision to end his suffering and the suffering of the people around him. But hello?! That’s life. I mean, right? You just don’t end it like that. And Lou. OMG! Lou. Such a brave girl. Such a brave brave girl.

Read it. It’s one of those books worth debating over. Hahahahaha! I’m writing a review and yet I still can’t wrap my head around it. Crazy book. Crazy.





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