Me Before You: Tepid

Me Before YouNicholas Sparks’s The Notebook didn’t agree with me. From what’s-wrong-with-you to you-are-a-snob, I garnered many furious responses from my friends, and acquaintances, when I confessed that I didn’t like The Notebook. I thought I didn’t have a palate for romance. As though changing my perception, The Fault in Our Stars occurred to me. I liked it, but it didn’t make me cry. I was so worried about my EQ because it didn’t make me cry. πŸ™‚ I had to read many blogs to seek solace, and finally managed to assure myself that it was absolutely okay if I didn’t cry over it. πŸ˜‰

Tabitha Suzuma’s ForbiddenΒ is not our regular romance. It belongs to another league; I adore that book. As I was nursing mixed feelings about romance, I wasn’t sure about reading Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You. However, I chose to try.

Will’s life before the accident that made him a quadriplegic was big. He was smart, handsome, and had a great zest for life. When he didn’t work, he could be found bungee jumping, parachuting, climbing the Himalayas, and generally doing all that would pump upΒ theΒ adrenaline. And, he dated many a woman. Life after the accident was so unbearable that he chose to end it by himself. Assisted suicide. His family was not ready to let him go, and they managed to buy six months from him. That’s when Louisa — naive, sheltered, but assertive — became Will’s carer. She was all that he detested.

Will, Louisa, and their families, they were all ordinary. Perhaps, in about three months, I wouldn’t remember any of them, besides some profound words that escaped Will’s acerbic tongue. The story was not mushy, but predictable. Not painfully predictable though.

The only aspect that I liked about the book was how Will changed the way Louisa looked at life, when it was that very thing that she was supposed to do to Will. The role reversal, that’s what I would remember about Me Before You.

I didn’t run my highlighter on any of the passages. The pages were not dogeared. I didn’t drop the book, lean back on my chair, and ruminate on favourite sentences. On the other hand, Me Before You didn’t make me squirm. It was nicely written, but I wished it could have been deeper for its sensitive premise.

Since I am still carrying mixed feelings about this book, and the genre, I will read the sequel.

And, I liked Me Before You‘s trailer.

Have you read this book? What did you think?


27 thoughts on “Me Before You: Tepid

    1. Thank you, OT.

      I love quotable quotes. To me, it is one of the first, and important things that advocates for the book. πŸ™‚

      But, looks like I am ambivalent about it. I do not remember a lot of passages from ‘Harry Potter’. Just a handful. I remember it for the story, and the people nevertheless.

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      1. looks like I am ambivalent about it.
        Quotable passages are good – no doubt. But the passages have to be relevant to the context of the story.
        And yes the story, characters and the narration (story-telling) all add to experience.

        PS: OMG – I sound awfully preachy, I know. 😳

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  1. This is not really a genre that I would gravitate towards. With that, a worthy book is a worthy book and there are no doubt some very worthy books in this category.

    When it comes to older works I love Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope both of whom can be considered writers who write books like this.

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  2. I have a hard time with romance as well. I’m also one for judging a book based on its quotability. Nicholas Sparks bores me. But, I did read this one, and I liked it. I didn’t love it , but if I ever want another light romantic read, I would try Jojo Moyes again. And, I did cry at the end, I have to admit. But I’m a crier. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve been avoiding this one because I thought it would make me too sad. (The movie trailer made me cry!) I did read and enjoy one novel by Jo Jo Moyes, however: One Plus One. It’s what I call a “Light Read” and it was very cute.

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      1. I think I’m going to continue to avoid it for now, Deepika! πŸ™‚ And I never see movies in the theater, unfortunately. I love them but it’s hard to find time to go and get babysitting for our son, especially since we work kinda opposite schedules.

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  4. Noooo, what is wrong with you? You are a snob. πŸ™‚

    I loved this one but I don’t ‘get’ romances either so I understand perfectly what you mean. I stay away from Nicholas Sparks with a 10 foot pole.

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  5. I have been hearing a lot about this book, more so since I stumbled across the trailer (which looks really good), but something’s been holding me back from reading it. I think it’s because the last few books I read in this genre were ultimately disappointing despite great reviews and recommendations. Let’s see if I pick this up as one of my vacation reads this summer!

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    1. I picked it up with a dash of skepticism too. Although I didn’t find it brilliant, it wasn’t as bad as some of the other romances. This one was different.

      And, thank you for dropping by. πŸ™‚


      1. I will give it a go when on holiday this summer then and let you know how I get on. You’re welcome πŸ™‚ I’m trying to blog a bit more regularly this year and figured it wouldn’t hurt to check out more book bloggers while I’m at it ha.

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