Me Before You and A Gentleman’s Guide

Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, going to Broadway shows, and seeing movies. Therefore, I was really excited after reading a really good novel (perhaps one I may even classify as one of my new favorites) and seeing a musical on Broadway that I had never even heard of that turned out to be awesome.

The book I read was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. My favorite kind of books are the types that make me think even after I stop reading or those that make me feel something whether it’s sadness, excitement, wonder, or amusement.Me Before You did exactly that. The story is about a young, active, successful guy who had everything going for him and then after an accident became a quadriplegic and a girl, who doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life, that is hired to keep him company/help him out. I kid you not, I sobbed at the end of the book. My heart felt heavy, I had tears and snot running down my face, but I still felt in love with the story. I don’t want to give anything away, so I highly recommend that you just go out and read it for yourself.

As for the Broadway show, I recently saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.Even though I had never heard of the play until I got tickets, I had a feeling it was going to be at least decent after checking out the website which is fun and quirky. Here’s a description about the play’s plot:

“”Monty Navarro has just received some really great news! He‰غھs a long-lost member of a noble family (the D’Ysquiths’) and could become the next Earl of Highhurst. There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. So Monty does what any ambitious gentleman would do: he sets out to eliminate them one by one, all while juggling his mistress (she‰غھs after more than just love) and his fiancج©e (she‰غھs his cousin, but who‰غھs keeping track?). Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle‰غ_ and be done in time for tea.””

A Gentleman’s Guide was a riot. Bryce Pinkham who plays Monty Navarro is super cute and does a great job. The actor who steels the show though is Jefferson Mays who literally plays every man in the D’Ysquith family. Mays is such a good actor and is hilarious in the show. Broadway shows can seem like they go on forever sometimes, so I really appreciate and like the ones that seem to speed along the best which is another reason I likedA Gentleman’s Guide so much.

Definitely see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder on Broadway if you’re looking for a laugh, and if you’re looking for a tear-jerker, then pick up a copy of Me Before You. Cheers!