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Me Before You

From the back:

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.

I bought this on sale with Nora Roberts’ The Liar. The saleslady recommended it after seeing me with the Nora Roberts, so I assumed it would be a romance novel in the same style.

That’s what you get when you don’t do your research. This book made me cry like a baby.

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Immediately after I read it, I thought the book was amazing. However, afterwards I remembered why I don’t like tear jerkers. I really hate the feeling that the author’s entire point is making me cry. And in addition, this feels sooo predictable, with the girl who is secretly hurt meeting someone with a terminal illness. Now, Jojo Moyes writes this trite plot truly amazingly, with wit and feeling and even laugh-out-load moments; but it’s still a trite plot.

To top it all, it annoyed me on a completely different level as well. [Spoiler! Select following text to see spoilers]Our Heroine, Louisa, tries to convince Will that his life is worth living by showing him that he can still have fun even in his state. Seriously? Fun is a purpose for living? I don’t think there are many people who say, “My life sucks and I feel terrible, but it’s worth getting up in the morning because I can go to the horse races!” People need a goal, a purpose. Will has practically unlimited money, and he teaches Louisa a lot. Why doesn’t he teach an online course? Mentor troubled teens? Teach the art of taking over companies? Learn how to program using specialized software and create apps for the disabled? *Sigh*.

So.

If you like tear jerkers (nobody’s perfect, after all 😉 ): 5 stars.

If you don’t, don’t read it.

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