Saturday, February 21, 2015

Me Before You

Me Before You
by: Jojo Moyes

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you're ready for a good, ugly cry. 
Category: Adult

From Amazon:  They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely 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.

Things I liked: 
I enjoyed the idea of the story. It was unique and interesting and very well thought-out. I felt that there was a lot of depth to all of the characters. I look forward to reading more of Jojo Moyes' books.

In terms of characters, I liked the way they briefly switched narrators for a few chapters. I've never seen it done that way, but it really did help with that idea of depth of understanding for each character.

It was very thought-provoking, in terms of quadriplegia and that community. I had never known much about it and it was interesting how they provided so many different perspectives. It also had me thinking a lot about life and death and the idea of allowing someone to die with dignity. Again, it provided lots of different perspectives and just left me thinking for a long time after it was over.

Things I didn't:
Well, I cried. A lot. And not the good kind of cry. It was the ugly, snot everywhere, I can't hardly get control of myself kind of crying. I'm not sure if I liked that aspect of it and what all made me cry. I'm still deciding.

Overall: Excellent story, excellent writing, but so so sad. 

Finished on: February 17, 2015
Book 16 for 2015

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