Set in England near fictitious Stortfold Castle, the book focuses on twenty-six-year-old Louisa Clark, and is written mostly from her point of view in the first person. After working at The Buttered Bun for six years, Louisa's job ends suddenly when the owner decides to close the café. Because her family depends on her wages, she applies for work as a caregiver for an acerbic quadriplegic who requires twenty-four-hour care, Will Traynor. This will be the beginning of a new chapter in Lou's life.
I don't want to give away much more here and spoil the story for potential readers, though you can probably guess what will eventually happen: Lou and Will fall in love.
"Yes only love
can break your heart."
~ Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Neil Young
I loved this book! I savored it, a small bit at a time. It's a moving story, a beautiful, unconventional love story. Jojo Moyes paces the story perfectly, and it was an exquisite pleasure to read it. I took my time with this novel, not only because I lacked enough free time for reading, but also because I did not want the book to end.
I am now, officially and unabashedly, a fan of Jojo Moyes. She's an exceptional writer who creates realistic characters who spring to life through her words. Lou is a kind-hearted, likable protagonist, and I cared about her happiness. I also cared about Will, and many of the other main characters. I enjoyed the setting a great deal, and thought it added to my enjoyment of the story (I'm a bit of an Anglophile). Me Before You is completely absorbing and touching, and at different times, funny and quite heartbreaking. I shed more than a few tears while reading this book.
“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
~ Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
Me Before You is about living life to the fullest, even when faced with great obstacles and difficult choices. Will encourages Lou, or "Clark" as he likes to call her, to push herself past her self-imposed limits. This is my kind of book, heartrending yet positive. And I've just learned that Me Before You is being made into a movie--I'll dash out to the theater to see it! I'm now also very interested in reading more books by the prolific and supremely talented Jojo Moyes.
I'd like to share my enjoyment of this book by offering an international giveaway. I'll send one copy of this book to a randomly chosen reader (U.S./Canada, print or ebook; elsewhere, ebook only). If you've already read this book, I'll send you another book by Jojo Moyes if you win--just let me know which book you'd like to read!
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