Audiobook Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

Release Date: 2012
Read by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Audible
IBSN: 9780670026609
Blurb:

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.

pireviewWhat the hell? Really, wtf? This is one of those SUPER popular genre crossing books so of course I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I’m a little annoyed that I wasted so much of my time on it.

I was actually enjoying Me Before You until close to the end. The story was engaging if somewhat cliched. Everyone likes a good soften-up-the-mad-at the-world character, right? I was happy that Will being an ass didn’t drag out forever. They start to get on pretty quickly, thankfully.

I adored Lou. She was a wonderful main character. She was kind but didn’t take Will’s crap. She was funny and interesting. She has an outrageous fashion sense that made her stand out in the crowd. I also grew to like Will as he opened up to Lou more and more. That didn’t last, unfortunately.

There will be some spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.

Will wants to die. He wants an assisted suicide and really I found it hard to blame him at first. He had had such a rich and adventurous life before his accident. It would be unfathomable to be in his situation. But then he met Louisa. She made him happy. She opened new doors for him, made him see that he could have a full life.  It wasn’t enough. This is where I started to get a little pissed in the story. Will even says at one point that the 6 months with Louisa in his life had been the best he’d ever known. So…something doesn’t add up there. The best 6 months ever, but I still want to die. Yeah, tell me how that makes sense? I just couldn’t make that leap.

One of the things I found most surprising about my reading experience is that I didn’t shed a single tear and trust me, I’m a crier. By the end I really just thought Will was a selfish ass. So I wasn’t really sad to see him go. The way Louisa’s story ended was nice, but we could have had the same outcome in a more logical fashion. (ie Will takes some antidepressants, lives, loves Louisa, and she goes to uni). But whatever.

Don’t take my word on it. The book is wildly popular so I’m certainly the minority.

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Reading with Finn

readingwithfinnI hope this will be a new semi regular feature where I highlight some of the books Finn and I are enjoying.

 

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

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Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle was the first book that I got my one year old to sit through. Finn still loves it weeks later. The story is so fun! I adore the rhythm of it and I practically know it by heart now, but I never get tired of reading it. Little Blue Truck and all his animal friends are a delight. The illustrations are gorgeous as well.

 

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Eric Carle’s familiar illustrations of brown bear, red bird, yellow duck and the other endearing animals from his classic creation parade across the pages of this great interactive board book. As each page is turned, a new animal and its color are introduced, accompanied by Bill Martin’s singsong, rhyming question-and-response text to read aloud or listen to. There are sliding doors throughout the book, which children will just love to open, so they can discover what the next animal in this engaging story will be.

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Finn really enjoys Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? We have the slide and find version and he loves sliding back the panels to see who is underneath. When we first started reading it he would laugh when we uncovered the teacher. That makes the book a winner in my opinion. Plus, I can remember having this read to me when I was in elementary school. It’s a classic!