Friday, May 8, 2015

Reread Review | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Published by Viking Adult
Publish Date: December 31, 2012
Source: Library

Find it on: Goodreads / Amazon 

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.

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.
 ( Goodreads) 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read:  I chose to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes for two reasons: 

1) Have you guys heard about the sequel coming out this fall? It's exciting right? YES. I wanted to reread before I dove back into Lou's world. Like you guys, I want good things for Lou!

2) Mostly, this: I wanted to get into Lou's head again and see what it was like as she transitioned from not-a-caregiver to being a caregiver to someone that needs near-total care. Some of you know that my Dad has had a recent diagnosis that will potentially put him in a position to need complete care, and Lou is a character in similar shoes. 


WHEN I First Read ItI first read Me Before You back in March 2013 and it became a favorite, but only after I cried the ugly cry for a long, long time.  (I wrote my initial thoughts here.


WHAT I RememberI remember being invested in this story in a way that made me afraid, because I was afraid for how things would end. I remember loving the relationship that evolved between Lou and Will, the caregiver-client relationship, then the friendship, then the very complex relationship that followed. I remember being gutted by the last portion of the book  and my warring feelings as I felt pulled in a few different directions with regard to different characters and their respective choices. 

I remember LOVING how this book was so discussable. LOVING. IT. 


HOW I Felt After Re-Reading: I mean, my reasons for rereading were a little on the darker side, I think. So I felt some odd things, maybe? As a reader that is purely rereading a story that I loved, my emotions that mirrored the ones I had before. Even knowing the ending, I couldn't help but feel everything as I had before. I had this little mountain of Kleenex at the end of the book and the tears dripped off of my chin. But I am an emotional reader anyway, and I expected this. 

Otherwise: I felt oddly comforted by the way Lou felt in various placed in the story. She gave words to several things that I feel now, and some things that I know I will feel later, and I think that sometimes all I want is for someone to understand what I am feeling in this process with my Dad. (I'm so sure other people have felt this!) In this case, I turned to a fictional person, and it helped me just as much as a "real" person could have at the time, and for that I am grateful. So, part of my emotional outburst at the end was for the Lou-as-caregiver and how I identified with her both now and how I anticipate that for my future. That may not make any sense at all. That may be incredibly morbid. I don't know, I do not know. That's just how I felt. 


WOULD I Re-Read Again: Oh, yes. This book is a favorite, so yes, I will reread it. I need to have my own print copy at some point to underline and highlight. Reading is healing sometimes. But yes, I will reread this. 

I don't know when, but this will be in my future again. 


Me Before You will appeal to fans of:

Adult Contemporary Fiction
Romance: Slowly-Developing. No Triangle.
Issues:  Quadriplegic character & others (no spoilers)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
is currently available for purchase.


I have other rereads on my list to help me go back and see how characters deal with issues similar to what I'm dealing with right now in my family: a parent facing illness, making big decisions, etc.

I was initially afraid to read a book like this one because of the GRIEF that I've been dealing with, but it was oddly helpful to me. 

*This format for my ReRead Review is inspired by Hannah from So Obsessed With and Kelly from Belle of the Literati. Thank you, ladies!  

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