Book Review :Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

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What it is about

Lou had just lost her job in a little restaurant, which she loved, and apply to become caretaker to a Will, an adventurer, who became a quadriplegic and had lost all interest in life after an accident which led to him living in an apartment at his unhappily married parents’ house. The movie of the book started showing in July 2016.

What I thought about it

It is a fairly good read, especially because it is a yet unexplored theme in fiction. Jojo Moyes writing is not recipe-like and filled with British wit, in spite of handling a difficult subject. (This reminds me a little bit of Cecelia Ahern’s style if you are, like me, a fan of her writing.)

After finishing the book I felt cheated though, because while Lou’s struggle with the enormity of Will’s decision was addressed, his moral/spiritual deeper struggle was not explored at all, therefore I found the book spiritually poor (as in the opposite of rich). Even people with no religious believes at all must have at least a few conflicting emotions and/or doubts with regard to such an important life decision as the one that Will had made.

Although the whole story was told from Lou’s point of view, the writer took the risk and trouble to switch from hers’ to giving the other characters at least a chapter each – a writing style that can cause chaos and would have worked better, had Will gotten his’ turn too. Yet the writer chose to ‘ignore’ his real thoughts and feelings in an almost robot-like manner. I found it more than a bit odd. If she tried to make a point through not doing it, I didn’t get it.

I still recommend the book because not much had been written about the subject in chick lit or any other fiction so far, but I think the writer really missed a great opportunity to give the reader insight into the immense struggle between life and death that must have been going on in Will’s mind. I will still watch the movie if I get the opportunity and I look forward to read ‘After You’ to see what happened to all the characters after this phase in their fictional lives. Lou is a likable character and it will be interesting to see what Moyes decided to do with her.

My rating of this book is a 4/5 because I like the humour and writing style.

Me Before You is available in most book shops as well as on the Internet as an ebook.

 

© 2016  – Fielies (Riëtte) De Kock

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Yeovangya, my First Children’s eBook available on Kindle eBooks

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Book Description

Publication Date: June 18, 2012

Think of it as the animation movie you have not yet seen. Yeovangya is the story of a princess past her ‘marriage’ age who didn’t like any of the dull princes she had been introduced to and decides to go on a journey looking for the love of her life herself.

So, she cuts her hair, dresses as a boy and sets off with her two closest companions – Blaffi, her brave and loyal dog, and Prr, the lazy, upstairs palace cat. Together they face many adventures, such as a dual with a huge man who can’t take his beer, becoming lunch to a hungry lion, being attacked by three bad princes and being shipwrecked.

Yeovangya has enough action to keep boys’ attention captive for a few hours and enough romance to the likes of girls of all ages.

 

 

Customer Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, enjoyable story! February 18, 2013

By Mariana

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Yeovangya is a clean, romantic adventure! A book that all ages will enjoy with great humour incorporated – a book you can give your teenager with a peaceful mind.

 

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !! January 20, 2013

By Pen

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I fell in love with each and every c(h)aracter. Lovely written. I will most certainly recommend it to be read by all young people including the older ones.
Faith in God is wonderfully included.