Just properly cried. Big fat tears and snot and all. Over 'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes..

(29 Posts)
edam Fri 10-May-13 22:58:39

It's an amazing book. Even though I knew about the issues, in a depersonalised, not happened to anyone I know, ind of way, even though you know what's happening... it still got me right in the solar plexus. Read it and weep!

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 21:57:50

Awww thank you, fortunately I was only in a chair for about 4 months, but by God that was long enough, I was soooo miserable. The book really hit home with me and felt very 'real.'

edam Mon 13-May-13 21:55:24

Sorry to hear it's as bad for you, Valium.

On the other hand, one bus driver stood up to a white van man who had parked in the bus stop, meaning the driver couldn't get near enough to the kerb to lower the wheelchair ramp. He gestured and yelled to the guy out of the window, reasonably enough at first, then when the guy got arsey, bus driver ended up getting out and having a major row with him - but he won, white van man was shamed into getting his stuff together and driving off. Everyone cheered!

It was fab (driver didn't know there was a hack on board taking notes) but good grief, if you have to deal with all that stuff day in day out it must get so wearing... I imagine no-one wants to be at the centre of a drama all the time, but just wants to get on with their day same as everyone else. And I'm prepared to guess 9/10 it wouldn't be bus driver hero takes on white van man swine; the wheelchair user just wouldn't be able to get off at the right stop. (And if they tried to go back to the right point, I bet the pavement would be littered with obstacles and people parking all over the dropped kerbs...)

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 21:39:16

Yep edam sad

edam Mon 13-May-13 21:38:17

I spent just a couple of hours once, accompanying a wheelchair-using woman around London by bus (for a feature when they brought in accessible buses). Afraid to say there was plenty of staring, and tutting, and bloody-mindedness. She dealt with that all day every day - must take incredible strength of mind not to shout obscenities at many of the people who stare or shove past or are other otherwise selfish or unhelpful.

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 18:50:35

That's not my experience of being in a chair soop mine was 'over helpful' or staring right through me.

The trip to the races was just like a day out for me - SUCH a palaver it barely seemed worth leaving the house some days.

The shaving scene was just so romantic imo - beautifully written.

ThePendant Mon 13-May-13 18:47:37

Awful clichéd tripe. IMO.

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 18:44:26

She was meant to be dizzy and pathetic and immature - her 'development' had been stunted by her history, that was the whole point.

Ragwort Mon 13-May-13 16:27:44

Agree with trice - I did read it one night (insomnia whilst staying away from home, no other choice of book grin) - but it was so lightweight, as mrsshackleton says, total Mills and Boon.

merlottits Mon 13-May-13 16:27:07

The female character was utterly dizzy and pathetic with no redeeming qualities. It 'felt' written by a 12 year old.

merlottits Mon 13-May-13 16:25:23

I thought it was over-sentimental 'mills and boon' type drivel. Bad writing. Improbably storyline. Big pile of poo.
I just don't get the appeal.

sooperdooper Mon 13-May-13 16:22:49

Oh and I was also irritated by the way that Wills character didn't get a chapter from his viewpoint, since he was really the main character that made no sense, and would've possibly made it more balanced

sooperdooper Mon 13-May-13 16:21:31

I'm with trice I thought it was a pile of crap, and seems to utterly divide opinion

There’s a terrible plot flaw where it says Wills dad was a high powered business man and started working at the castle in his retirement, but then it talks about Will & his sister playing in the grounds as children, how on earth didn’t that get picked up?

I have a family member in a similar position and I think the patronising way the general public’s reaction is portrayed is outdated and fairly offensive – I’m not saying things are perfect but people do not, as a matter of course stare open mouthed like idiots at someone in a wheelchair, and someone on the dance floor at a wedding in a wheelchair isn’t some kind of never before seen spectacle, people in general are helpful and kind.

mrsshackleton Mon 13-May-13 09:57:19

Unimpressed too, thought it was manipulative Mills and Boon

trice Mon 13-May-13 09:48:43

I think he should have left his money to his carer. I found him a more sympathetic character.

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 09:45:07

Why should she do 'all the dirty bits?' That wasn't in her job and there was a male nurse to do that for him. confused

I feel the same about Gone Girl - I read a shit, badly written book, others read a thriller grin

trice Mon 13-May-13 09:41:25

I read it for a book club. I thought it was a steaming pile of horseshit. It gets rave reviews all over the Internet. I seriously think I must have been reading a different book.

The one I read had a feeble dizzy woman who got a well paid job hoovering for a quadriplegic (not doing any nasty dirty caring bits). Who then takes himself off to dignitas and leaves her a fortune so she can continue to be all quirky and annoying. It was utter bollocks. Imo.

AnonYonimousBird Mon 13-May-13 09:35:44

It was a cracker, I blubbed a few times! Some might say it's a bit over-sentimentalized (my MIL!), but I don't think I agree.

Her other book, The Girl I Left Behind, however, is utter tosh. She definitely peaked with Me Before You!!!!

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 09:34:58

Made me cry too, especially as I had no idea what it was about!

Wolfcub Sat 11-May-13 16:49:10

Made me cry too. I was on a train at the time. Highly embarrassing

leakyR Sat 11-May-13 16:37:15

I finished it in 2 days and blubb all over too. Thankfully, I was at home on my own. A good therapeutic cry, brought on by a well written book is a rare and marvellous thing.

edam Sat 11-May-13 16:36:48

Hope you enjoy it, Slow. smile

kslatts Sat 11-May-13 16:33:51

great book, I read it very quickly as I couldn'r put it down.

SlowJinn Sat 11-May-13 15:46:21

I've just downloaded this, I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the recommendation! thanks

purrpurr Sat 11-May-13 15:40:59

Absolutely loved this, too, and loved it more on the second read. Stunning.

redandyellowbits Sat 11-May-13 15:37:18

Just finished it too sad Loved it.

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