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.

Book Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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!

Movie Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4.5 Stars)

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!

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Just Listen

51738Goodreads synopsis:

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends

Okay, you guys have my deepest apologies for not posting sooner! I finished Just Listen  at the end of June and I have finally had time to take a brain break to post!

One thing I absolutely love as I get deeper into the #SarahDessenMarathon is how much her stories intertwine! There’s mention of former characters, bands, places, activities, and her stories are based in two cities – Lakeview or Colby. It’s just a fun reminder of previous stories and how in life we are always running into familiar things and how we’re all connected.

I think the pairing of Annabel and Owen was adorable. Yes he was a “reformed bad boy” but he literally had a heart of gold unlike Rogerson from Dessen’s Dreamland, while she was model, former popular girl, and had a sister with an eating disorder. Annabel was constantly fighting to figure out how to make everyone happy, while being true to herself. She hated modeling, but didn’t want to hurt her mother’s feelings; she was called out as a slut when her best friend”s boyfriend attempted to rape her; and she didn’t know how to include her sister Whitney in her life without feeling like she was throwing her modeling career down her throat. Owen was simple. He didn’t need popularity, he just needed to be plugged into music because sometimes silence is just SO LOUD. Together, the pairing was unusual, but it worked.

This book made me realize a few things:

  • Sometimes when people who say they’re fine, actually aren’t fine.
  • People seem to always be afraid of asking for help, but if you need the help then ask for it, and don’t stop until you get the help you need.
  • People like to keep others out of their life because they don’t want to complicate their life, but guess what! Sometimes that is how you get help!
  • It’s hard to speak the truth, but if you don’t speak up, they’ll never know, and keeping it to yourself or telling them what they want to hear is not doing them any favors.

My favorite quotes from the book:

There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn to know the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”

~Annabel

 

Don’t think or judge. Just listen.

~Annabel

I have to agree – silence is s freaking loud that I have to have some sort of background noise whether it’s the TV or music or the fan. If it’s dead silent and then noise comes in, I’m suddenly aware of every little sound in the room and it gets really distracting. In case you were wondering, while writing this post I have been listening  (and dancing/headbanging/singing) to the following songs on Spotify:

  • Five More Hours — Deorro and Chris Brown
  • Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things To Do — Fall Out Boy
  • There’s Only One Way to Rock — Sammy Hagar
  • Come Back to Me — Vanessa Hudgens
  • Summer Of ’69 — Bryan Adams
  • Shots & Squats — Vigiland and Tham Sway
  • Smack That — Akon and Eminem
  • Fine by Me — Andy Grammar
  • Sweet Emotion — Aerosmith
  • Fragile — 2Cellos
  • I’ve Done Everything For You — Sammy Hagar

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I know, quite a mix, but I never really know what music mood I’m in until I turn my music on, and this was a mix!

#SarahDessenMarathon is almost finished – Hallelujah! But for now look forward to my post about Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen – coming soon hopefully if life doesn’t get in the way! Happy reading lovelies!