Me Before You

From Page to Screen: Me Before You

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I was lucky enough to win two “free” (up to $12 value which in NYC doesn’t cover the whole ticket) tickets to see Me Before You and I was super excited because I absolutely loved the book. I feel like I read the book recently enough to do a full comparison between the two and thus begins a new segment on my blog I’m calling From Page to Screen. I hope to do this with some other books to movie/TV in the future but for now here’s my full assessment on Me Before You.

*Note: If you don’t want to be spoiled about the movie and/or the book look away!*


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Emilia Clarke was the perfect Louisa. She was totally awkward and quirky, exactly as I imagined she would be. And the outfits! So spot on! Sam Claflin played such a good Will Traynor and the chemistry between the two of them was undeniable. I absolutely loved it.

Matthew Lewis as Patrick was surprisingly good. Not to say that Matthew is a bad actor but it’s always hard to see an actor who you know as one character (Neville) become someone completely different. But Lewis did an amazing job. I hated Patrick almost as much as I hated him in the book, which was the point.

The whole Clark family was spot on but I definitely liked Treena more in the movie than I did in the books. I think that’s mainly because we don’t really see a lot of her in the movie. In the book she was very bratty to me and I didn’t like how she just expected Lou to pick up the slack and support the family while she went off to school. In the film Lou and Treena are very close and you don’t really see the different dynamics to their relationship as much as you do in the book.

Also, I don’t remember Lou’s mom’s religion be the explicit reason why in the books she didn’t approve of Lou going to be with Will in Switzerland, however in the movie it is heavily implied that that’s the case. Still this was something minor and the fact remains that they got the character of Lou’s mom perfectly.

One character that didn’t make it into the movie was Will’s sister, Georgina. Honestly, I didn’t really miss her that much. She didn’t play a big role in the book so her being taken out wasn’t that big of a deal.


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For the most part the movie stuck to the book but I was very upset that they removed Lou’s rape scene in the maze. This was a major part of the book and the main reason why Lou was so stuck in her town. If you didn’t read the book, Lou went out with her friends and got very drunk. They, along with a group of guys they met, went to the castle and went in the maze. Lou got lost and couldn’t find her way out and she was surrounded by those guys. The next thing she knows she wakes up naked and alone, and Treena had to take her home.

Lou and Treena never spoke about that night again, Lou never hung out with those girls again, and Lou never told anyone about that until Will challenges her to go through the maze and she has a panic attack. Lou finally opens up about what happened that night and how she cancelled the trip she was supposed to take and decided it was better and safer to just stay in her little town.

That was a major plot point and the fact that it wasn’t even mentioned in the film was devastating to me because when I read that in the book I finally felt like I understood Lou. It explained so much about her and why she was the way she was. More than that, to me, it made her relationship with Will seem more real. Will helped her in a lot of ways but Lou opening up to him about that night was a huge turning point in their relationship. To me, that’s when they really started, or at least realized, they were falling in love with each other.

Some smaller plot points that were missing was Mr. Traynor’s (Will’s dad) affair and Lou moving in with Patrick. Both of these weren’t really that big of a deal to me. I hated when Lou moved in with Patrick in the book so I didn’t miss seeing it in the movie. And I was glad Will’s dad was less of a jerk in the movie, plus you could still see how Will’s parents marriage was strained in the movie, just without the affair.


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As always the book was better than the movie. Still, the movie came pretty close and I would definitely see it again. It made me cry just like the book did and I loved seeing these characters come to life on screen. It’s definitely worth seeing if you haven’t already.

Have you seen Me Before You yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

‘Me Before You’, ‘Confess’, And Other Books I Read This Month (Feb. Wrap-Up)

I read a lot of great books this month and I got a bunch of books too! Check out my first monthly wrap-up. I plan to do this at the end of every month as a recap of what I’ve read and what books I’ve either bought or was given to me during the month.

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Number Of Books I Read This Month: 11

Top Three Books I Read This Month

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


I absolutely loved this book. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this novel follows 19-year-old Feyre who’s forced to go to Prythian, the land of faeries, with a beast that shows up at her door. Although at first she doesn’t trust him and is fearful for her life she begins to realize this beast may not be as beastly as she originally thought.

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


This book made me cry just as much as I expected it to, which was a lot. When Louisa Clark accepts a job as a caregiver to Will Traynor, a wheelchair bound man, she doesn’t know what to expect. Although they have almost nothing common Louisa finds herself trying her best to make Will happy and show him life is worth living.

3. Confess by Colleen Hoover


I’d never heard of Colleen Hoover until I joined bookstagram and saw her books everywhere but man I’m glad I finally dived in. Confess follows Auburn and Owen as they’re paths continue to cross and intersect, having positive and sometimes negative affects on both of their lives. Filled with twists and surprises this book kept me on my toes.

Other Books I Read This Month

Books To Buy

  1. You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
  2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay
  4. Pushing the Limits by Brooke Cumberland
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. Making Her His by Lucy Leroux
  7. The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Books To Borrow

  1. How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle

Books I Received This Month

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I didn’t buy any books this month because I’m currently on a book buying ban but hopefully that will change next month. Still, I did receive a box load of books from a friend of mine that works at HarperCollins Publishers. Here’s all the books I got and plan to read soon.

  1. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
  2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
  4. Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

What were your favorite reads of this month? Let me know in the comments below!

‘Stars Above,’ ‘All the Bright Places,’ And More Books On My March TBR

February is quickly coming to a close, which is crazy because where is this year going, and it’s time to share my to-be-read list for next month. Check out the list below and let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these books.

1. Multiple Listings by Tracy McMillan


I got a digital ARC of this book and I can’t wait to read it! Tracy McMillan is a screenwriter (she wrote for Mad Men!) and this novel is somewhat based on her real life. The main character Nicki Daniels is a real estate agent who’s ex-con father just got out of jail and is looking for place to stay. But Nicki is just getting her life on track and the last thing she needs is her father messing things up. I get a filling this book will be filled with family drama and I love it.

2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


I’ve hard so much about this book and it’s been sitting on my shelf for months now. I’m hoping this month will be the month I finally dive in. The novel follows Violet and Finch who meet on the ledge of a bell tower. Their friendship/relationship grows from there. Dealing with love, depression, and so much else this sounds like a great read.

3. After You by Jojo Moyes


After reading Me Before You (and crying for days!) I absolutely have to know what happens next. I loved Lou and I’m excited to know what happens to her. In this sequel, we see Lou back with her family struggling to figure out her next steps and hopefully, discovering love. I’m sure this book will make me cry just as much as the original but I’m going to read it anyway.

4. Playing Defense by Cate Cameron


I got a digital ARC copy of this book from Entangled teen and it sounds really interesting to me. Claudia has never been kissed but when she starts tutoring popular hockey player, Chris, she begins to fall for him. Honestly, I’m a sucker for the nerd gets with the popular person type of story. Haley and Nathan on One Tree Hill, anyone? This book is sure to make me swoon.

5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer


I want this book so badly. Unfortunately I’m currently on an indefinite book buying ban but thank God for libraries. If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet definitely check it out because it’s amazing. Stars Above is a collection of short stories about the characters in the books plus a special epilogue to the last book.

6. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield


This is another book that’s been on my shelf for months and I’m so ready to read it. This book is like two books in one. On one level we have the story of Darcy who got a book deal and moves to New York and then on another level we have the story she wrote about Lizzie. Also, I love that the main characters names are Darcy and Lizzie. Pride and Prejudice feels everywhere!

7. Prodigy by Marie Lu


I read Legend so long ago and I loved it. Now I need to know what happens next. June and Day are on the run to Vegas and there’s a new Elector in charge. June and Day have to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong as they’re forced to pick a side as a revolution begins.

8. The Haters by Jesse Andrews


I got this lovely ARC from Abrams and I’m supper excited to read it. I haven’t read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl yet but I will. Until then I really want to read this book because it sounds super good. Wes, Corey, and Ash decide to leave band camp and hit the road, leading to a music filled adventure that I’m sure I’ll love.

Book Review: Me Before You

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Synopsis from Amazon:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely 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.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge.*

After watching the trailer for Me Before You I knew I had to read the book. The trailer alone made me tear up so I went into this book knowing I wasn’t emotionally ready. But this book still tore me to pieces.

Louisa Clark is happy with her regular life. She lives at home with her parents, Grandad, sister, and nephew, and she’s dating her boyfriend, Patrick, as she has been for the last seven years. She lives in a small town and doesn’t travel. She plays it safe and is okay with that.

Until she loses her job. After trying a multitude of jobs she finally settles for being the non-medical caregiver for a quadriplegic patient. The patient, Will, is not what Louisa was expecting. He’s young and handsome but also moody and difficult to work with. That doesn’t stop Louisa from being her naturally talkative and cheerful self, doing her best to make him happy.

However, Louisa soon realizes the truth behind why Will’s family hired her to spend time with him and it makes Louisa question everything she thought she knew about Will and about life and death in general. Choosing to stick it out, Louisa does her best to make Will’s life better and in return Will opens Louisa up to new experiences, making her a tad more fearless than she was before.

This novel is beautifully written, told mostly in Louisa’s point of view although there are a few chapters that are in different characters’ point of view. What I find interesting is besides the prologue, which admittedly was still in the third person, we never get Will’s point of view. I’m not sure if Jojo Moyes did this intentionally but the fact that Will has almost no control over his life is clear in that even in this novel he’s not really given a voice.

Overall, I truly loved this book. It made me cry (a lot) but it also made me laugh and smile. Louisa and Will’s relationship is heartwarming and I love that they made each other better. Even if you haven’t read it yet definitely do. The film, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin (two of my faves) comes out this June and the sequel, After You, came out last year.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!


5 stars

Favorite Line:

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

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