#BookBeginnings Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Today we have the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challenge, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!




This post does not contain spoilers.

Me Before You* by JoJo Moyes


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Summary: When Louisa Clark takes a job as a companion for Will Traynor, she learns he had an accident that left him in wheelchair. Can she convince him that life is still worth living?

First Sentence of Prologue:

When he emerges from the bathroom she is awake, propped up against the pillows and flicking through the travel brochures that were beside his bed.

As to be expected, the prologue reveals a glimpse of Will Traynor’s life before the accident that left him paralyzed. We’re not sure who the “she” is.

First Sentence of Chapter 1, Me Before You:

There are 158 footsteps between the bus stop and home, but it can stretch to 180 if you aren’t in a hurry, like maybe if you’re wearing platform shoes.

This could be interpreted at least  two different ways. The first –I think what the author meant — is that the route is so familiar and traveled so often, that Louisa Clark even knows the number of steps it takes. Counting steps, however, could also indicate that she is a bit obsessive-compulsive. We will have to see which the author intended.

What do you think?

As with many of the novels we’ve read for this challenge, this Me Before You is also a movie. Trailer:


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I loved this book…and also the movie! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      I have to say it was hard to put down.

  2. Kathy Martin

    I have seen this book around but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I know many people have loved it and I hope you do too. This week I have a thriller – What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka. Happy reading!

  3. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    I just watched the movie this past weekend. I read the book a few years ago. I honestly liked the movie better, though I have nothing against the book. So sad. My Friday Quotes

    • Roberta

      Yes, it is sad. The movie looks good.

  4. Lisa K

    I have short legs. It would be way more steps for me. LOL

    • Roberta

      Too funny, and too true for me, too.

  5. reese

    I’d never heard of this one, neither the book nor the movie.

    Thanks for visiting.

  6. Jo-Ann

    I’ve been tempted to read this one, even borrowed it from the library but just never got to it. I should pick it up again, or at least see the movie! 🙂

    Have a great weekend! Jo-Ann

    • Roberta

      I have to admit I wasn’t sure I wanted to start it, but once I did it really grabbed me.

  7. Lauren @ Always Me

    I liked Me Before You the book and movie more than I expected to like it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

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