Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I savored thinking about this book for the last few days. There is so much to talk/argue about, I can’t say enough! This book came highly recommended by so many friends, I am glad I didn’t leave it in the middle of my TBR pile! Jojo Moyes did an excellent job with the characters, plot and setting in this novel. Taking place in a small town in England with a famous castle, it was interesting to read why Louise Clark loved this place and why Will Traynor finds it suffocating and limiting. The characters of Lou and Will are so different; Lou’s life is circumscribed and she has no thoughts about what she wants to do in life. She hates her sister, loves her mother and father. She is chatty, loves people, and needs a good job to help her family. Will Traynor was a privileged, daring, rich man who meets with a tragic accident and is now a quadriplegic. His mother hires Lou to care for Will and it is into Will’s world (his families’ house and bedroom) that Lou learns what really living is, to want more out of life, and get a better education. It is also through caring for Will, talking and arguing with Will, that Lou finds her feelings changing as she falls in love with Will. What will happen when Lou shares this with Will? Will she be able to change his heart and mind? The other characters, like Treena, Mr & Mrs Clark and Will’s mother and father and his caregiver, Nathan became integral to the depth of this book and story. I couldn’t put this book down. I do have to find out a little bit more about what the title means, but I highly recommend this book---yes it is sad, but I found out so much about quadraplegics, family dynamics, love and friendship in this book!

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