I would like to have a conversation about Me Before You, the popular Jojo Moyes book that is Now a Major Motion Picture, or so it says on the front cover. I haven’t seen the movie, I am not sure how to do that now that Blockbuster has closed down and it’s not on Netflix. #firstworldstruggle
I’ve come very late to this novel, and indeed to Moyes’ work. I read Paris for One, of course. It was cute but nothing to write home about. Plus only one story was set in Paris! False advertising!
I enjoyed reading the book, devouring the 369 pages on a Sunday. The story is important of course but I think you could describe the novel as character driven. The character of Louisa is wonderful, quirky without being ditzy, and while she does experience something of a hero’s journey through the story, it’s more about the people than anything. Although if I had to compare and contrast with another recently read novel, I’d say I cared far more for Jackie French’s characters in Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies. I didn’t cry when the *ahem* thing happened…spoiler alert… It was just a little obvious… dare I say…but I sobbed my heart out when one of the character’s died in MLLL. Sobs! I’m also a bit of a hard ass when it comes to death scenes, unless it involves an animal and then I am a complete mess. (Robert London, Call of the Wild broke my heart.)
I want to start a conversation about what other readers loved or not about this book. There’s no doubting its popularity and I’m not going to lie – I would dearly love to write a novel one day that people love as much as they seem to love this one. As part of my ongoing Learning Out Loud I want to know what makes people love or hate a character, a story or a theme. What made you love this book? Or not…love it, that is.
For me, I loved the characters, and there were a lot of them. (There seems to be a pattern in Chick Lit for very limited cast of characters??) Reading this book made me realise that none of my characters from Hotel Deja Vu are very lovable. I certainly don’t think anyone cried when Alex died…
Anyway, I would love to know your opinion. Either in the comments below or hit me up on a DM (instagram or facebook). <3