Me Before You (book & film review)


I have just this minute finished watching the film adaption of ‘Me Before You’ – following finishing the book several hours before. I am currently an emotional wreck. Why do I do this to myself?

Me Before You tells the story of a man, Will Trayner, who is paralysed from the neck down and will remain in a wheelchair for the rest of his life following a tragic accident. He is unhappy with his quality of life as he used to be outdoorsy, adventurous and free. Now he is not able to change himself, eat by himself or do anything without attention or assistance. Louisa Clark comes along, a bubbly, naïve and eccentric girl, who is the burst of happiness and fresh air that Will’s parents believe he needs. They employ her to be his ‘carer’ but it is more for the company for Will that they want her for. Louisa soon finds herself falling in love with Will; and the feeling is mutual on his part too. Their relationship blossoms. But Will doesn’t want to be here anymore. He is tired of everything. He just wants to be put out of his misery. Although they embark on adventures and Louisa shows him what sort of life he could lead with her: Will this be enough for Will?

The book was a tremendous read; it was slow placed, eloquent and eye-opening. Will and Lou were fabulous characters and I just longed for them to be together throughout the whole story. Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer and I sincerely look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

The film was a wonderful adaption of the book. The casting was perfect for Will and Lou. I bawled my eyes out through the majority of the scenes in the film as I knew what to expect towards the end. The chemistry between them was so magical and precious and it was beautiful to witness. I can’t believe I watched the film so soon after reading the book: Why do I put myself through such things?

I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered Me Before You. My good friend, Flora, introduced me to it when she brought the book in to college for me a few weeks ago and told me she knew I would like it. I am indebted to her for introducing me to such a marvellous book. It’s one that will stay with me always.

Highly recommend.

Have you read Me Before You? Have you seen the film? What are your thoughts on it?


Charlene McElhinney






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  1. March 19, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I remember seeing it in my bookshelf and thinking that it would be your kind of book!!! The book still grips me everytime and haunts me for days afterwards and although the film is a little different from the book, it still make me laugh and cry more and more each time!!! I hope you’re gonna read the second one!!

  2. March 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I loved Me Before You and I really enjoyed the film too! It’s heartbreaking!

  3. Kayleigh Zara
    March 19, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I really love the film and the movie adaption, I’m not a fan of the second book though! I’d love to hear your thoughts about it x

  4. March 20, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I’m so so glad we read this at the same time, I liked the fact that we could talk about it together! It’s such a beautiful book, I’m in the middle of reading After You by Jojo Moyes now, I’m just over half way and so far I like it. I can see why there’s bad reviews on it but I’m really enjoying it. So far, it’s a little more dark than the first but its got a decent storyline.
    – Kirsty xo

  5. March 21, 2017 / 7:14 am

    I’ve never read or seen Me Before You but I will definitely do so now after reading this! I hope I won’t bawl my eyes out too haha!

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