Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin
Publish Date: July 30, 2013
Source: Owned

What's the Story?:

From "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:

"Me Before 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 live.

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 long time.

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!



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  2. LOL about taking so long to read it! I'd heard so many good things about JoJo Moyes, but never really got around to reading her until my book club chose this book. Even then, I read it with hesitancy, because I thought it would be one of those light 'nothingness' reads. Needless to tell you, it was not. It was among the best I'd read for book club. I just wish I could say the same for the sequel.


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