Book Review Rant: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Review of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Author: Jojo Moyes
Pub Date: December 31st, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Format: Audio CD
ISBN: 978-1-6117-6235-8

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


SPOILERS! Fair warning...

This review is not even delving into the ableism that this book is criticized for, which you can read about herehere, and here. This is focused solely on the poor quality of writing.

Taken from my gut-reaction Goodreads review:

Wow, an unexpectedly bad read. I feel lied to; I thought I was getting a tear-jerking romance. Instead I got a total snoozefest.

One of the biggest problems is that the pacing is so off. Anytime anything remotely interesting starts to happen, you get a shift into another character's negligible point of view--for a single chapter, barely any impact--and anything potentially good gets totally glossed over. The night they spent together at the hotel, the highly-anticipated vacation, then Dignitas.

Also, I read this as an audiobook that I thought was a full cast reading. But aside from the Luisa's voice actor, the other actors only got one chapter each throughout, which I find odd and disappointing.

In summation: lazy writing mostly about a boring main character who I barely cared about at the end.


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