Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publish Date: July 30, 2013
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Louisa Clark is an
ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend,
close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village.
She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will
Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always
lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now
he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic,
moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his
happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will
has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is
still worth living."
My Two Cents:
You" is the story of Louisa, a young woman who is fumbling through life.
She has never really been outside her small English town and she is
happy with the status quo. When she suddenly finds herself looking for a
job, she becomes a caretaker/ companion of sorts for Will, a once
adventurous man who now finds himself paralyzed and dreading living his
life. Both of them will teach each other about what it means to truly
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book! My
mom and several friends had been urging me to read this book and I just
recently got around to reading it. I really enjoyed it. I loved the
relationship between Louisa and Will. At first, they don't get along
very well at all. They are constantly butting heads but eventually as
they begin to learn more about each other, they form a true bond, which
makes the ending even sadder and one that I will be thinking about for a
I love books that make me think about ethics and the
impact of various decisions. This is definitely one of those books. A
lot of the plot line focuses on a particularly difficult ethical
dilemma: is it ever justified for someone to bring on their own death?
It's a serious topic and the author deftly writes about the impact it
has on the person considering suicide and those around them. It was so
interesting to see this topic from so many perspectives. I will be
thinking about this for a long time. I really enjoy Moyes' writing and
look forward to reading more by her!