Me Before You **** 4/5
Jojo Moyes- Realistic Fiction / Romance
I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I am not, and never will be, a hopeless romantic, nor will I ever find chick-lit books enjoyable. In fact, if the synopsis on the back of book eludes to anything remotely romantical, I’ll likely make a ridiculous face while in the process of placing it back onto the shelf or table form which it came.
I don’t like books that blatantly try to toy with or evoke certain emotions, nor do I like books that are just over-the-top, ridiculously sappy. Despite the brash assumption I made of this book based on the movie adaptation cover, it wasn’t overly romantic at all. In fact, there really wasn’t any romance through the entire book and the emotions Ms. Moyes evoked were pure and poured effortlessly from my feelers.
You Before Me is about finding a connection where you didn’t think there could ever be one. It's about living life the way you want to, doing things, going places that make you happy. You Before Me is about sincerely making an effort to live life, a different kind of life; a life filled with adventures and experiences.
Louisa and Will are extraordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstance and the relationship that blossoms and blooms between them is not only beautiful, but its devastatingly moving.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and though the ending is sad, I’m happy Ms. Moyes didn’t go with a more cliché ending. She stuck to her guns and it really brought the book full circle. There isn’t a thing I would change about any piece of this book.
If I Stay- Gayle Forman ***
Generally speaking, I am not one to like romance novels or books with exceedingly corny story lines. I did enjoy If I Stay as it wasn't overly mushy gushy but it is definitely an easy read. Not something you want to pick up if you are looking to provoke a little thought or in-depth pondering (many will likely disagree with that statement.)
Life comes to a screeching halt when Mia and her family are involved in fatal car accident, fatal for all but Mia. This is a coming of age novel that takes a drastic approach to the decisions and ultimatums teens are faced with as they step into adulthood. Mia must decide between life or death and the reader tags along for her journey.
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
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