Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Method of Obtaining: I received my copy from the publisher.
- Published by: Penguin
- Release Date: 1/5/2013
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
I really enjoyed Jojo Moyes’ last novel and so when I saw that Me Before You was available I snatched it up. I’ve gotten rather picky over the last few years on contemporary women’s literature and Moyes passed the test the last time around so I was hoping to enjoy this one. And guess what? I did!
Me Before You is the story of a young woman Lou who is the backbone of her family. With a father who is in danger of losing his job, a sister who dropped out of college to have a child, and all of her wages going to support her family, when Lou loses her job she is desperate for work. Enter Will – a quadriplegic who has a dark secret of his own.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I sympathized with Lou as she struggled to find things to get Will back out into the world but I also sympathized with Will. Me Before You deals with a sensitive subject in a way that showed just how complicated it can be and I appreciated Jojo Moyes’ light touch when it came to telling the story.
I may or may not have shed a tear when it came to the end of the book (although I was a little bit with the rolling-eyes at one certain aspect) but ultimately I put the book down and felt satisfied with what I read which, in all honesty, is one of the things I look for when it comes to a good book.
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