Just finished 'me before you'- by jojo moyes- brilliant! (Sniff!)

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spikemomma Sun 03-Feb-13 21:01:26

Sob... What a lovely, moving, funny, enlightening book! I really didn't think I'd like it - How wrong was I?! Jojo Moyes is a brilliant writer- I'll defiantly read more of her books. Feel all emotionally exhausted now...

bettybyebye Sun 03-Feb-13 21:30:45

Ooh it's fab isn't it, I couldn't put it down. Found I couldn't stop thinking about it either, utterly thought provoking. Can really recommend "the ship of brides" also by jojo moyes smile

Also loved that book as has everyone I've passed it on to.

It's one of those books that I see someone else reading & feel jealous that I've already finished it.. blush

Another one I've read recently and really enjoyed was 'Between a mother and her child' by Elizabeth noble

bigbadbarry Sun 03-Feb-13 21:37:10

I loved it - it was not at all what I was expecting from the cover.

AnyFucker Sun 03-Feb-13 21:41:14

What is it about (briefly) please ?

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Sun 03-Feb-13 21:51:20

I hated it. I think i must be dead inside.

AF - Its about a jolly working class girl who lives on a council estate with her parents, sister and grandfather where her mother scrubs the step and makes endless cups of tea probably wearing a housecoat and the dad works in a factory screwing the caps onto toothpaste. She leaves gets a job caring for a quadraplegic man who has rich but icy parents (father having an affair). He pygmalions her by going to the symphony, making her read books and watching subtitled films and she behaves in a staggeringly crass manner. She is gang raped whilst hanging out with youths, in a maze, drinking and wearing high heels to which he responds 'some mistakes have bigger consequences than others'. or something. She tries to make his ex jealous by sitting on his knee and contorting herself to rest her head on his shoulder whilst wearing a sexy dress. If you could die from cringing I would be deep in the cold, cold ground.

AnyFucker Sun 03-Feb-13 21:56:02

Erk, doesn't sound like my cuppa tea

SarkyPants Sun 03-Feb-13 21:57:49

Predictable twaddle IMO

SarkyPants Sun 03-Feb-13 21:59:11

Sorry. I forgot superficial smile

spikemomma Sun 03-Feb-13 22:38:00

Blimey, talk about burst my balloon! With a very giant needle. That's made me laugh! (Books are so subjective.)

Well, listen, I think I posted this because I was very surprised I liked it. I loath chick lit, hate predictability, didn't warm to the subject matter...but thought I would trust its recommendation and I was pleasantly surprised! It fitted my mood at the time, made me learn a little, laugh a little and release a few cathartic tears. I thought it was surprisingly very lovely. So there! [scarpers....]

AnyFucker Sun 03-Feb-13 22:40:32

Each to their own smile

Kiriwawa Sun 03-Feb-13 22:44:12

The thing that the naysayers haven't mentioned is that it's about choosing to take your own life as and when you feel like it.

And it does that really really well and I don't know of any other recent novels that have dealt with a young man who is paralysed but otherwise healthy choosing to kill himself.

Kiriwawa Sun 03-Feb-13 22:44:50

Blimey - total grammar fail in that last post blush

HousewifeFromHeaven Sun 03-Feb-13 22:50:05

He kills himself?

Fucks sake I've just started this!!!

SarkyPants Sun 03-Feb-13 22:54:41

But she takes on a really really complicated issue. And treats it as if it were as simple as choosing socks.
Chick lit trying to be something deeper but failing IMO.

And FWIW I'm not a book snob. I'll happily read superficial shite. And since having kids I mostly do. I just don't like books that pretend to be cleverer than they are.

But clearly I'm in a minority as lots of people likes this smile

AnyFucker Sun 03-Feb-13 22:56:23

I have closed my Amazon window down, put it that way smile

HousewifeFromHeaven Sun 03-Feb-13 22:58:55

I knew I shouldn't of bothered.

Bring up the bodies it is then grin

FreddoBaggyMac Mon 04-Feb-13 06:41:53

I'm another one that loved it. I bought it after the good reviews and then it sat on the shelf for six months after I saw the cover and read the blurb... and I just couldn't seem to face reading a book by someone called 'Jojo'. One day I decided to read a few pages so I could justifiably put it in the pile for the charity shop and I couldn't stop reading. I wouldn't classify myself as a lover of 'Chicklit' whatever that may be, I read a huge variety of Books from Tolstoy to the current Richard and Judy's, and imo this one was a good 'un!

DuchessofMalfi Mon 04-Feb-13 06:56:23

I thought it was a good story too. Well worth a read. It's better than chick-lit but not destined to be a modern classic. It's just a likeable story which deals sensitively with a serious subject.

I hate chick lit, only read it if very bored and nothing else available... However, I really did like this book and so has everyone else I know who I passed it on to. Gave a copy to my mum for her birthday and she phoned me sniffling going "Thank you so much for my book... brilliant!..."

I think the reason I hate chick lit is because it all seems so, so superficial... this started off similarly, but the character of Will just brought a darkness to it, and really got me thinking about my own feelings about euthanasia/suicide.

Not my usual cup of tea but enjoyed it thoroughly.

sooperdooper Tue 05-Feb-13 15:29:25

I couldn't stand it, so glad a few others on here agree with me since it seems to get unanimous fabulous reviews on Amazon

What irritated me most was the way she describes everyone else in the world behaving like some kind of idiotic rude weirdo around someone in a wheelchair - now I'm not saying the world is a perfect place for someone in that situation but as I have a family member in a similar situation I can confirm that the general public do not generally stare in bewilderment, behave in a rude and unhelpful way, or think anything particularly strange at someone in a chair being on the dancefloor at a wedding or party!

I found the repetitive idea that nobody in the world apart from Will's family and his carers can behave in a normal way around someone in a wheelchair to be wrong, and patronising.

Also, there's a silly flaw in the plot where she says that Wills dad had some high powered job (I forget what is was now), until retiring and then taking a job at the castle. Then later on, Will says that him & his sister used to play in the castle grounds as small children because his dad let them in after hours? Eh?

Agree with superficial and predictable, and add to that poorly researched with 2 dimensional characterers

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Tue 05-Feb-13 16:28:49

I spent half my time wondering how her parents managed to get a 4 bed council house with only 2 girls and I couldn't understand why her family were on the bones of their arses when the dad had worked full time in a skilled job his whole life until he was made redundant, she worked, the sister worked, the grandfather had a pension and presumably an attendance allowance and they bought nothing. The house hadn't been decorated since the '80s and she had to borrow a skirt for her job interview. Trivial but irritating.

Galaxymum Tue 05-Feb-13 16:40:16

I read it last month and found it very compelling. Having known who lived for 30 years like this, I think I found the sentiments very true. The issues of being completely dependent on others, the health issues and watching others live the life he missed were described very well.

I liked the Pygmalian traits in that need for control. I think Jojo Moyes is a far more talented writer than most other bestseller popular writers.

But we can't all like the same thing. 'Twould be a dreary world!

BikeRunSki Tue 05-Feb-13 16:59:23

I read it last year,around the time Tony Nicklinson was in court (and then later died). I thought it raised some interesting issues in an accessible format.

aftermay Thu 07-Feb-13 21:52:02

I liked it. It's not an easy subject matter and she used a few clichés. Still worth a few late evenings.

mrsbadger2 Sat 23-Feb-13 15:08:22

Wanted to find out what you all thought about this book so a late post. I loved it, generally, though I thought Lou was a bit of a stereotypical chick-lit character, but loved the all-or-nothing character of Will. Intelligently done.

onedev Sat 23-Feb-13 15:40:19

I really enjoyed it & sobbed lots at the end!

Spoke to lots of people about the subject matter also, so definitely not the usual chick lit!

DuchessofMalfi Sat 23-Feb-13 17:12:16

A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale also discusses the same subject so, if you liked Me Before You, then I'd recommend that one too, although it isn't solely about that (first part of the novel only). One of my favourite reads of last year, I think I found that one more upsetting than Me Before You.

mrsbadger2 Sat 23-Feb-13 19:07:43

I may try A Perfectly Good Man as I found Me before You so good. Anyone read anything else good this half term ? I have to say having a good book on the go has kept me sane.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 23-Feb-13 20:37:25

I finished reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes today - v.good.

Also listened to a couple of audio books - Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, and started reading Back Story by David Mitchell (glad I didn't pay full price for this, got it in the 12 days of Kindle Christmas sale for £1.99 - it's not as good as I'd hoped it might be - his rants on tv can be quite funny but on paper they tend to fall a bit flat).

mrsbadger2 Sat 23-Feb-13 21:21:51

Thanks for that. Will try The Sense of an Ending. Have Wolf Hall kicking around the house but can't just face it. Have recently read The Very thought of You by Rosie Allison which was quite good, also Judith O'Reilly's latest book about good deeds was very fuuny.

cjbk1 Sun 24-Feb-13 08:06:44

what the others said about predictability, holes in plot, the character of Patrick being underdeveloped, an author called Jojo ffs, and to mention this nonsense in the same post as poor Tony Nicklinson is a bit insulting sad

BlackAffronted Mon 25-Feb-13 12:53:20

I liked it, and cried buckets at the end, as it didt end how I wanted it to/expected it to.

I enjoyed it. It was passed on to me by a friend and I didn't think I'd like it - it started off very 'chick lit' but got better after the first few chapters. I'm a hard-hearted old bag but it made me cry a little bit at the end...

I read The Girl You Left Behind off the back of that and really enjoyed that too smile

BooksandaCuppa Tue 05-Mar-13 22:21:36

Just finished it. Really didn't like it. Really badly written, Huge gap between the undereducated character that Lou is supposed to be and the language the author gives her. Really predictable all the way through. Thought there would be some kind of twist when everyone describes how they've sobbed at the end but it did nothing for me. I thought Will's character was the best written.

Birdies Fri 08-Mar-13 14:41:05

She uses the word 'reflexive' too many times which irritated me. I enjoyed most of it though - a nice easy read and fairly addictive

reastie Fri 08-Mar-13 14:52:54

I thought I'd hate it even when reading the first few chapters the writing annoyed me but I got caught up in it and it really moved me <emotional wreck>

mrsshackleton Fri 08-Mar-13 15:06:06

Ithinkofhappy - so glad someone else felt the same as me! I found it so patronising. Also hated the way people kept calling Lou "Miss ... whateverthesurnamewas." Like she was living in the 1950s. Gah.

BooksandaCuppa Fri 08-Mar-13 18:14:01

Really patronising and, I thought, very outmoded view of the 'working class' and people from the 'provinces'.

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