By Skylar Sosa
Cougar News Blog
Have you not cried lately and have a sudden urge to? Read Me Before You– it’s sure to get you to burst into tears.
In this romance novel written by Jojo Moyes, you’re not only destined to cry, but to laugh out loud with this humorous tragedy. As the novel begins, you’re introduced to a character named Will Traynor, which may seem confusing at first in the prologue. For, it seems he has gotten seriously injured in an accident or possibly even killed. The novel then fast forwards to a young girl by the name of Louisa Clark(Lou). She has just lost her job while her family is in recent poverty. She then takes up a job to take care of the now disabled Will Traynor. This books might sound horribly tragic depressing, but there’s actually quite a bit of humour invested into this book.
The humor isn’t very appropriate for small children or maybe not even older tweens. I would say humor wise, thirteen year-olds and up could read this book. It also changes points of view throughout the novel a few times, but not to the point where it’s too confusing for younger readers.
The book is definitely must-read, especially since the movie is coming out June 2. Based on trailers and other critics, the movie follows a lot of the book, and reading the book first would be helpful to a user.
Fans of authors like John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) or Gayle Forman (author of If I Stay) would really enjoy this book. It has minor cursing and themes that may be inappropriate for younger kids. Parental permission is probably the best way to go if there was a younger child wondering if they could read this book.
This book is absolutely amazing and would give it a 4.9/5 stars. It gets -.1 because the ending made me tear up quite a bit. Romance lovers and comedy enthusiasts are sure to really like this book just as much as I did.