I missed the original train with Me Before You. I didn't hear about it until I saw the trailer for the film and immediately looked it up on Goodreads. Thank you to Socialbookco.com for the opportunity to review this amazing novel.
One of the things that I loved most about this book was the switch up of the normal character profile for the love interest. Will is a disaster when you "meet" him. He's rude, unkempt, unlikeable and remote. Jojo did such a wonderful job of taking you on the journey with Lou as we peel back his layers and fall for the man under all of that pain.
Lou was another wonderful treat for me. There are so many vanilla protagonists in contemporary romance, that I was pleasantly surprised with her colourful, unique voice. Her quirks and sarcastic sense of humour brought lightness to a heavy plotline and I found her flaws endearing rather than annoying.
The supporting cast was surprisingly unlikeable. Her family and boyfriend treated her horribly and there didn't seem to be any redeeming qualities about them, and his family was a bloody mess--though I at least felt a shred of sympathy for his mother. I did enjoy Will's nurse Nathan. That said, the terrible families helped shape their world so it didn't take away from the story.
Me Before You is heart-wrenching, and challenging, and had me in tears multiple times. I felt Lou's desperation, and Will's helplessness and rode the rollercoaster with them. Contrary to some opinions I have read, I found that Jojo did a good job of balancing the scales for the controversial choices that Will and Lou face.
Will was a vibrant, adventurous man who doesn't want to live the sheltered, crippled life forced on him by his accident; while Lou is able-bodied and free to do or be anything, but chooses to live a sheltered and limited life. They infuriate each other, they challenge each other, and their struggle to change each other brings them both pain and healing.
I won't spoil the ending, so that's all I can say about it. If you want to know which way it goes, you'll have to read it...or read a spoiler ;)...more
I have to say that I agree with some of the other reviews I have read on this one - I didn't like it as much as the first two at all.
It felt like a cI have to say that I agree with some of the other reviews I have read on this one - I didn't like it as much as the first two at all.
It felt like a contrived plot line and it dragged through page ofter page with nothing new happening. I feel like the "growth" in this book was mainly just tacked on as epilogues at the and and could have been better executed.
I hated the flashback writing style. It didn't fit with the other books and was really confusing for the most part. I am really only giving this three stars because I liked seeing where Fifty ended up. - Oh and those names, are you kidding me?!...more
There are still some little quirks about James' writing style that take me out of the story, but her characters are so engaging that I can forgive theThere are still some little quirks about James' writing style that take me out of the story, but her characters are so engaging that I can forgive them for the most part.
I liked the progression of Ana and Christian's relationship and was quite pleased with how all the drama played out.
I feel like she actually wrapped too much up in Fifty Shades Darker. Most of the conflicts were resolved - besides the random scene at the end of the book - which I found to be out of place and a very odd choice because it completely took the mystery out of the antagonist for the third book.
Overall it was a decent book for this genre, and I enjoyed the read....more
I caved and finally read this to see what all the fuss was about. Turns out the fuss is about Christian Grey.
Sometimes a love interest is just the riI caved and finally read this to see what all the fuss was about. Turns out the fuss is about Christian Grey.
Sometimes a love interest is just the right mix of night in shining armour, and dark night, that you want him to sweep you away and you want to save him at the same time, and E.L. James wrote that man perfectly.
My main issue with Fifty Shades was the ridiculous amount of sex - I mean really I just can't see any man (or woman) being able to go at it that many times in that short of a timespan - but for the most part I was swooning along with Ana. I decided to ignore some of the improbabilities and go along for the ride.
I hated the way they ended the book, whether that was editing or the writer's choice, I'm not sure but it was a ridiculous way to cut off the end of the book, and I would have been very annoyed if I didn't already have the second book.
Overall, for something that started out as a fanfic, I was very impressed with the character and story building and will definitely read the other two books....more
I'm so happy that I finally caved to peer pressure and read this book. It's like having 3 books in one and there are still so many more to read! DianaI'm so happy that I finally caved to peer pressure and read this book. It's like having 3 books in one and there are still so many more to read! Diana's world and character building are epic and I fell in love with both. ...more