Me Before You

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Before I get in to talking about the book, I’d like to say that it is going to be impossible for me to talk about this book without talking about the ending. If you have not read this book and do not wish to know how it ends, you might not want to read this post. 

In, Me Before You, Louisa Clark has lost her job. As she pretty much supports her family, she is desperate to get another job quickly. So she takes a job as a care taker to Will Traynor, who is in a wheel chair and is unable to move after an accident two years ago. The job is rough for Louisa at first. The hours are long and Will isn’t the friendliest person. She keeps reminding herself that the job is only for six months and that the pay is very good. As a few months go on, Will and Louisa slowly start to develop a friendship. Then one day, Lousia overhears a conversation between Will’s mother and his sister: she learns that Will wants to end his life. That he attempted before and during the summer, he’s going to go to a place in Switzerland where they assist people with ending their life.   And suddenly, a lot of things about Will make since to Louisa, especially her six month contract. She’s upset and almost quits her job. But then, she decides that she wants to show Will that life is worth living and his happiness becomes the most important thing to her.

18 pages in to this book, I figured out that it was going to break my heart.

40 pages in to this book, I figured out how it was going to end, but that was by accident. I was thumbing through the book and started skimming the author interview and saw something about assisted suicide.  I knew right then and there that Will was going to die at the end.

The first hundred pages did move a bit slow but they were necessary to set up for what was going to happen later. Once I got past that point, I couldn’t put it down. And I do think that once I found out that Will was going to die, that did make it harder for me to read. It got better around the hundred page mark once it was introduced in to the story line.

Louisa starts to take Will on these outings. Some go good, some not so good. During these outings is where Louisa and Will start to really bond. It’s where they fall in love. Like I said, I knew Will was going to die. But these outings, their relationship, I started to think that Will might actually change his mind. I stated to feel the same sort of false hope that Louisa starts to feel.

The last 30 pages of this book were very difficult to read. I cried like a baby the whole time I was reading them. There were multiple times that I had to get up and go get tissues. I wasn’t just crying, I was ugly crying.

Te exact point that shattered my heart in to a million pieces? When Louisa told will that she loved him and that she didn’t want to be his care taker but his girlfriend and he told her no because he can’t be the want he wants to be for her.

Want to really add to your tears? Listen to Adele’s song Million Years Ago. I started thinking about it when Will was actually telling Louisa about his plans to end his life.

Me Before You has been made in to a movie and is supposed to come out in June. I’m not sure that’ll go see it. I don’t know if I can handle this heart break all over again.

There’s also a sequel, After You that i’m not sure that i’ll read. I want to see Louisa have a happy ending. I want to see her move on and become something in her life. I’m not sure I can bare to watch her grieving over Will.

The trailer recently came out for the movie. It was two minutes and eighteen seconds and I saw already crying.

I go back and fourth over if I should give Me Before You a four or five star rating. When I initially close the book, I gave it 4/5 stars but when I woke up the next morning, I changed the rating to 5/5 stars. I couldn’t stop thinking about Will and Louisa. And, I realized that if a story is making me feel that much emotion, and made me cry like it did, it deserved 5/5 stars.

Should I read the sequel? Is it going to break my heart too? Did you ugly cry at the end of this book too? Please tell me. I’m dying to discuss it with someone.

Much Love,

Kate

 

Me Before You

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Hadley Sullivan misses her flight to London, for her fathers wedding, by four minutes. Luckily, she’s able to get on another flight that takes off a few hours later. While she’s waiting to catch her next flight and trying not to think about the wedding that’s she’s been dreading for the last year, she meets Oliver, a cute and charming British boy, who also ends up not only being on her flight, but having the seat next to hers. What Hadley finds in the twenty-four hours that follow, is that those four minutes changed her life forever.

I’m going to say it up front, my favorite part about this book was the last page. I can’t say what happens, obviously, because that would be a spoiler (and we at Book Alphas don’t approve of spoilers). But I will say it was absolutely adorable  and it was where the tittle of the book comes from.

So, I will say that this story follows Hadley and what happens after she and Oliver separate at the airport.  The summary on the back of the book didn’t make that so clear. I was relieved to find this out, because there’s only so much that can be done with the two sitting on the air plane.

I do wish there would have been last time spent on the air plane. That was about the first half of the book and at times, I felt like it was moving a bit slow. My favorite part was the second half of the book, where Hadley was at the wedding/ running around London. I loved seeing the effect that her such short time with Oliver had on her.

I love Jennifer E. Smith’s writing style. I’m typically not such a huge fan of third person but I love the way she does it. This is the second book i’ve read by her (the first being This is What Happy Looks Like.) and I am still blown away with how beautiful her writing is.

I did enjoy reading this book. It was a fun quick read and everything that’s good about young adult contemporary.

Also, I know that The Statistical Probability of Love at Fist Sight is being adapted in to a movie! I’m not sure exactly when it’s coming out but I do look forward to it. I think it’s going to make a cute chick flick. And, Hailee Steinfeld is going to be playing Hadley. I’m super excited about this because I loved her in Barely Lethal.

I liked this book but it didn’t blow me away. I also found the plot very predictable and because of that I gave it 3/5 stars.

Have you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Or have you read any of Jennifer E. Smith’s other books? Tell me about those too because I can’t decide what one I should pick up next.

Much Love,

Kate

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Last Minute Gifts for Your Bookish Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is two days and I know what you’re thanking: you have absolutely no idea what to get for your bookish valentine. Have no fear, I got you covered with fourteen different ideas.

*disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the stores mentioned on this post. These are all things that I use and like or things that I think would be really cool gifts*

1.) A Book

If your bookish valentine is anything like me, the thing that makes them happiest, is adding a brand new book to their shelve.  Need some ideas on what book? I got you covered there too.

Is your bookish valentine in to the classics? Get them a copy of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. There’s nothing more romantic than giving your bookish Valentine on of the greatest love stories ever written.

So maybe your bookish Valentine isn’t so in to the classics. Maybe she’s more of a hopeless romantic who loves young adult novels.. Then she’d probably love Anna and the French KissLola and the Boy Next Door, or Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  Anna, Lola and Isla are a series of companion novels. So you don’t have to read Anna’s story to understand what’s happening in Isla’s story. Another really good story to give your hopeless romantic? I’d very highly recommend To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han.

Perhaps your bookish Valentine isn’t such a fan of YA but is still the hopeless romantic. If this is the case, I would suggest you go with Borrowed and Blue by Emily Giffin. It’s a bind up of her novel Something Borrowed and it’s sequel Something Blue.

2.) E-Reader

Is your bookish valentine always on the go? Are they always having to carry a lot of books with them because  they read through them so quickly? Then the e-reader is a great gift to get your bookish valentine. They’re perfect because your bookish valentine will be able to have access to several books in the palm of their hand while on the move, without being weighed down.

The e-reader I personally (own but rarely) use is the nook simple touch. Literally, the only thing it does is connect to the barnes and noble website to download books, and read books. The particular one I have doesn’t even have a built in light. I don’t even think that model is sold anymore.

If you’re wanting to get your bookish valentine a basic e-reader that just reads books, Barnes and Nobel’s Nook GlowLight Plus looks pretty cool.  If you’re looking for something a little cheeper, the kindle e-reader from amazon is pretty similar and it costs a little bit less. Really, both Barnes and Noble and Amazon both have a pretty cool selection of e-readers and surely, you’ll be able to find the right one for your bookish valentine.

3.) Gift Card

By now, I know what you’re thinking. My bookish valentine already has like a million books, I don’t want to get one that’s already on his/her shelf. Or maybe you’re thinking, my bookish valentine already has an e-reader and never uses it. Well fear not, I have an idea for you, gift cards! I guarantee you if you get your bookish valentine a gift card to their favorite book store, it’ll put a huge smile of their face. This way, you know your bookish valentine will be getting just the book they wanted.

4.) Tea or Coffee

If your bookish valentine is anything like me, or any bookish person i’ve come across, there’s nothing that I love more than curling up with a good book and a nice hot cup of tea (0r coffee).

If you’re looking for some cool tea ideas, teavana, has a vareity of different flavors.

Or, if you’re bookish valentine prefers coffee, you can’t go wrong with starbuckscoffee related items.

I hope this was of some help to you!

What did you get your bookish valentine? Or did you gift yourself a book for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear all about it!

Much Love,

Kate

Last Minute Gifts for Your Bookish Valentine

The Choice

 How far would you go to keep the love of your life alive? That’s the question that Travis Parker has to face. Travis had everything he could want in life, a job he loves, loyal friends and a beautiful lakefront house in the small town he grew up in. He felt no need to have a serious relationship with a woman. Then Gabby Holland moves in next door and everything changes for Travis. What follows next is the years of love that includes marriage and children. Travis reflects as he makes the choice that will change their lives forever.

I wasn’t expecting to like The Choice as much as I did. I picked it up so I could read it before the movie came out today. It was the first Nicholas Sparks book I picked up but it won’t be the first book to movie adaptation of his I see.

I was pleasantly surprised with Spark’s writing style. Third person worked really well with this particular story. I liked how we got to see Travis and Gabby’s thoughts on the same moments while they were happening versus having to wait until a chapter switch off.

I didn’t like Travis or Gabby in the first half of the story. I didn’t click with Gabby’s personality and Travis felt like an archetype. And part one of the book is nothing spatular. It’s the typical love story.

It’s the second half of the story, or part two, that’s what really makes The Choice worth reading. But the first part is needed to make the second part as beautiful as it was.

In other words, I cried. It wasn’t an ugly cry but I wasn’t just misty eyed. I was crying legitimate tears.

I was pretty surprised by the ending. I really didn’t know what way Travis’ choice was going to go. I was just as torn as him. The decision that he makes is something you can’t imagine having to do until you’re in that position yourself.

I can’t wait to see how The Choice looks on the big screen. I’ve really liked all the other Nicholas Sparks book to movie adaptations that i’ve seen but that was without having read the book first. So we’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably go see the movie this weekend.

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it.

The Choice won’t be the last Nicholas Sparks book I pick up. I have a copy of The Lucky One sitting on my bookshelf that I picked up for really cheep in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble that i’ll probably pick up sooner than later.

I gave The Choice 4/5 stars and I’d reccomend it to fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyers.

Tell me your thoughts on The Choice in the commit section. Will you be reading The Choice  or seeing the movie? What Nicholas Sparks book should I pick up next? You guys know how I love hearing from you!

Much Love,

Kate ❤

The Choice