Book Reviews

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes // Review

9780718177027I picked this book up on a whim after a huge reading slump and I’m so glad I did. The premise sounded a little ‘lifetime special’ but it was so much more than that.

Lou Clark has just lost her job and is at a crossroads in life. She’s the primary income earner for her family and has to find work asap. When an opportunity for a caring role arises for a Will Trayner, a young quadriplegic and former business magnate, for a wage well above the minimum wage. Lou jumps at the chance despite her nervousness and doubts about her suitability for the role. Will is resentful, rude and clearly doesn’t want her around. Totally embittered by his situation and driven to distraction by his parents and former friends, Will is a shell of the man he once was and seeks a way out of his pain.

This book was incredibly moving and well written with gorgeous passages I had to copy down. Some may find the themes in this confronting but I found it to be true to life and written with great respect. My sister is a nurse who works with people in similar situations to Will and I can’t wait to share this with her and get her perspective.

The ending made me cry ugly tears at 12:30 in the morning but I’d like to point out that Moyes has a really wonderful way of sidestepping melodrama. Her characters are realistic and definitely do not follow Hollywood in their choices and actions. I loved that about it. It is moves you but not in a calculated way.

This would be a brilliant book for book clubs. It’s highly recommended by me. Don’t go in with any preconceived notions. Just read it. This story is well worth your time.

4 out of 5 stars.

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