Me Before You, After You & Still Me Review
As you can see from the photos, these cat/book/tea photoshoots are incredibly tiring when you’re the models. I’m often told that the photos of my four fur babies always seem so off the cuff and carefree. Believe me, it takes A LOT of time and patience on all sides and there are always hundreds of out takes. Katie likes to love anything I have touched so she really couldn’t stop cuddling the three books which made it rather risky considering that mug of tea was half full, albeit tepid. Let’s get on with the book reviews before I go into complete Cat Mum mode and get carried away with just how much I love these four munchkins of mine.
I’d heard a lot about this series and for good reason too, Me Before You was a best seller and, according to the front cover, has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. It was first published in 2012, so it’s been around a while but I’m so glad I waited and was able to binge read all three within the space of two weeks. I’ve heard there is a film, which I would LOVE to see, but I always like to read the book version first. The books follow the story of Lou, a late twenty-something (I believe?! May be wrong there!) who is comfortably stuck in her ways going about her every day life and every day routines, well, every day. Life gets turned upside down when she loses her job and takes on the role of carer.
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Oh goodness me I cried and cried and cried reading this book, I also laughed a lot and it had me turning the pages so rapidly. It’s one of those reads that I stayed up until the early hours of the morning, several times, devouring. Me before you is a beautifully written, emotional story which really highlights the life of a person confined to a wheelchair. It’s written in such a way that you feel as if you are Lou, many questions were raised lost in her world and I found it truly thought provoking with life changing moral dilemmas. A beautiful love story that will stay with me forever.
After You - Jojo Moyes
Whilst I enjoyed being able to follow Lou’s life after the first book I also found it a little frustrating, so much so that I didn’t enjoy the read half as much as the first book. After You follows Lou in the next chapter of her life, I felt I couldn’t relate with her as much, she annoyed me and I wished I could message her and have a good chat about her life choices - silly I know! It’s still definitely worth the read and I’m glad I did as the third book in the series Still Me was just as good as the first, Me Before You.
Still Me - Jojo Moyes
Still the same Lou but with new conundrums living in New York, maintaining a long distance relationship with her boyfriend in England and settling into a new life, in a whole new world. There’s something really lovely about the third part to the series, I fell in love with the characters even more so than in the first book and I felt the twists and turns were even more unexpected. I read this in the space of two days - I was visiting family in Cornwall, which is usually pretty busy so I must have really been enjoying this read to finish it so quickly. It’s a feel good, romantic story with twists and turns that had me going “nooooooo! Say somethiiiiiiing!! Why won’t she say somethinggggg!!” numerous times to Cat Dad who looked over at me, oblivious to the story line, who Lou was and why I wanted her to say something. Anyone else do that?
Overall I adored the series and I keep recommending it to friends, the first and third book are most definitely up there with Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which as you probably know, I measure all books against now.
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Cat Mum x