Me Before You: Book vs. Movie

Me Before YouGoodreads Synopsis

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

AHHH I LOVED THIS BOOK.

It made me laugh.

It made me cry.

It made me believe in true love.

I want Louisa to be my best friend. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, and absolutely hilarious. Her family is a little dysfunctional at times, but they are all really loving and caring. She is a little blindsided when it comes to her boyfriend, Patrick. He’s a complete asshole. I don’t know why she didn’t break up with him in the first place.

Will. What can I say about Will? I love him. He’s hilarious, charismatic, and had me wrapped around his finger. Granted, I did have to warm up to him a little bit, because he was very snarky and uncooperative in the beginning of the book, but it’s understandable. He was a good sport for Lou and her crazy little side trips. He went along with it because he loved Lou, and wanted to make sure she got everything she wanted for him.

In the end, it was devastating, but it was his choice. I understand there has been some controversy regarding ablism, but in the end, it’s a book about a guy who wasn’t happy with the hand he was dealt. His view on his own quality of life is what mattered the most, and in reality, there is no room for us to judge his decision, because we’ve never been dealt the hand he was. It’s sad, but deep down, he wasn’t happy, even after falling in love with Louisa.

Movie time!

I am a firm believer in the book is always better than the movie, but in this case, I loved them both! The casting was perfect.I fell more in love with the story and surprisingly, the movie was pretty true to the book, which I appreciate. I have watched this movie several times and still fall in love with the story over and over again. Side note: I hated that they casted Matthew Lewis as Louisa’s douchey boyfriend. Excuse me, that is Neville Longbottom, he is not a douchey person!

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See, perfect casting!

Lousia’s red dress is to die for! I want one!

If you haven’t checked out eithter the book or movie, do so! It’s a tear-jerker, but also a warm blanket of love.  I haven’t read the sequel yet, but it is in my ever-growing TBR pile.

Next up is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Happy reading!

The One Thing

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I laughed.

I cried.

I laughed out loud.

My heart stopped beating.

I nearly threw my tablet at the wall in frustration.

I fell in love with the story and characters.

From the outside, I wouldn’t have guessed this book could make me experience a roller coaster of emotions, but I was wrong. It is difficult to put into words the feelings I experienced reading this book. It felt so realistic that I believed I was experiencing these events alongside Maggie, Ben, and Mason. I felt the frustration, pain, relief, and happiness with each one of the characters.

We first meet the main character, Maggie, during a visit with her probation officer where she immediately draws you in with her sass and sarcasm. As she leaves the office, she slips on ice cream and hits her head. Opening her eyes she freaks out because she can see a little boy standing over her, despite the fact that she has been blind for the past six months. She is equally entranced and confused that she can see the flirtatious ten year-old boy, so she ends up going to the little boy’s house for dinner to see if she is really crazy.

The next day, Maggie believes she dreamed the entire thing since she could no longer see. A crazy thought crosses her mind – maybe she can only see because of the little boy, Ben? Needless to say, she forms an unlikely friendship with Ben, who flirtatiously invites her into his home and family. We also learn Ben’s older brother, Mason, happens to be the lead singer of Maggie’s favorite band, Loose Cannons, but she didn’t know because she was already blind before they became popular. The personalities and hilariousness of the characters kept me reading and entertained from beginning to end. I hated putting the book down.

Regardless of how the story ended and my blubbery mess of emotions, I am thankful and appreciate that I was able to receive an e-ARC of this novel. It reminded me:

  • To embrace the curve-balls life throws at you.
  • To love the ones your with.
  • Don’t back down.
  • To look at the world differently.
  • That “…circumstances don’t change us. They reveal us.”

This ever-inspiring novel has been put on my list of favorite reads and my list of Books-I-Wished-Were-Turned-Into-Movies. I am excited for the official release of the book on September 8th – better believe I’m scooping up a copy for myself!

Thank you again to Marci Lyn Curtis and Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to read this amazingly epic book.

My next review will be of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews! Happy reading lovelies!