I only chose to read this book because I saw that Finnick, from “The Hunger Games“, was going to play the character of Will. And you see, I have this thing where if there is a movie version, I have to read the book first. It was a way that, when I was younger, I encouraged myself to read more. Now it’s more of a pet peeve.
So I wasn’t thrilled at first to start this novel. I really just wanted to see the movie. It seemed all a little too chick-lit and chick-flick for me, but I was willing to give it a shot. (I prefer more of a twisted thriller such as “Girl on the Train” or anything by Gillian Flynn.)
It took me probably about 100 pages or so to really get into the novel. It’s tough to get me so into a book anymore that I don’t want to put it down, and I would shortly after really getting invested into the book when the sister shows up and throws a fit and you realize WHY…that is when I really started to become invested in the book.
I won’t spoil the ending or the storyline for anyone. I’m here to discuss the writing and the fact that despite that it is about true love and is a bit mushy – it is a really great read. First of all, the character of Will is a quadriplegic. The author actually did research on this topic for this book as she had two close relatives who were dependent on twenty-four-hour care. A news story she had read dealing with the storyline she takes also influenced her. So she isn’t just writing this willy-nilly in order to sell copies of such a distraught and difficult love. It actually has heart and gripping moments. (I cried at the end – and that is rare for me.)
While I sometimes feel novels talk too much about characters, I understand that this is to paint a picture for the reader and to feel as though we know the characters and believe we are friends. I would mostly like to point out that the author, JoJo Moyes, does an excellent job at that tricky transition of the falling action of the novel and the resolution. I have seen this done very sloppily in other novels. I also run into it myself when I write even short stories. How do you make a smooth transition and not feel as though you are cheating the readers? I felt cheated at the end of reading “Mockingjay”. I felt there could have been so much more explored and it was just summed up “later”.
Anyway, if you don’t detest chick-lit – this is definitely one that I would recommend. I am really looking forward to reading some more from JoJo Moyes – especially the sequel to “Me Before You”. Now unfortunately I did not get to see the film yet, but I am excitedly awaiting for it to be released on blu-ray. My favorite thing is to see the similarities and differences between a novel and the film adaptation. I am sure even as a quadriplegic, Sam Claflin will look just as beautiful as he did as Finnick. So yes, pick up this book if you haven’t already and are looking for something to read. I actually thoroughly enjoyed the novel.
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