The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

the-girl-you-left-behindFirst, I love the way the point of view was given. First person for Sophie and third person omniscience for Liv and her crew. It made the story feel fresh again every time it switched over.

Now, for the actual story: I LOVE SOPHIE SO MUCH. She’s bold, vibrant, and sure of everything she does. She doesn’t back down – even if she probably should – and it continually works in her favor, even if it may not seem like it will at times. Liv has some of the same qualities, though she’s not as fierce with them as Sophie is. Throughout the book, in fact, Liv struck me as the subdued version of Sophie. It was interesting because Liv’s story was basically Sophie’s story – just on a smaller scale. MUCH smaller. They have similar traits, they both fraternize with the enemy (albeit with different goals), they both have a sister or female confidant to help them, they’ve both lost their husbands, and are determined to hold on to what they love.

I did enjoy Sophie more than Liv, but I still love Liv because of how much she cared for Sophie. Also, although I like Liv and Mo’s relationship, I felt like I was just reading about Louisa and Lily again from After You. More “responsible” person takes in “less” responsible person and they become best friends. But I loved Mo much more than I ever liked Lily. So that’s something.

Overall, this is a beautiful story. I love that it’s during WWI because I haven’t gotten to read much that takes place in that time. It seems like usually, when dealing with a German enemy, authors will run to the obvious choice of WWII, so this was extremely welcome. TGYLB gives an interesting sense of “who dunnit?” as far as the trial is concerned. Personally, I love that. I was guessing the entire time what the full story could be. Thankfully, the outcome was not underwhelming. I think it fit perfectly.

 

About the Author:jojo-moyes

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.

The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

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