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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Date: 26/12/11, updated on 26/12/11 (55 review reads)
Advantages: memorably different
Disadvantages: difficult subject matter in parts
If you are looking for a light read that will make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting for more as you turn the last page wondering how you read it so quickly, then you might just be in luck with this book.
It's hard to avoid spoiling the journey that is this book by talking about the plot which is perfectly paced and sees the worlds of Lou, the 27 year old working class girl and Will a slightly older 35 year old collide, purely as a result of the accident that befalls Will in the first few pages of the book. The author handles a very delicate topic, that of what life and relationships are like when you are fairly newly disabled, perfectly. When Lou is hired by Will's control freak Mum to be company for him she soon finds that she has not been told the full story. Whether Will will want to embrace life as Lou does is not sure, and what starts as a rocky working relationship is set to get more interesting but problematic. The plot takes the reader into some darker areas without the book becoming maudlin, unnatural or depressing. It did however make me genuinely cry, several times. This is testament to the author's powerful writing as I am not often moved to tears by the written word.
I was compelled to read this book as quickly as I could, helped by the desire to find out how things would turn out, and also because right from the start I found I cared about the main characters. There was also a host of strong, believable lesser characters too which helped the story along, from Patrick the exercise obsessed boyfriend of our heroine, to Lou's parents, Will's nurse Nathan and Louisa's feisty sister. All of them were very believable and a strong storyline, lots of comic moments in between what were some difficult issues, and good pace had me turning the pages long into the small wee hours.
This is more than your typical chicklit romance, and I really enjoyed it for being a little bit different from the norm - I was sucked in from the first page and found the characters wholly believable and the book well paced and enjoyable from start to end. This is an intelligent, thought provoking and interesting read. Highly recommended.
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Jan 2012)
Book available at time of writing from Amazon for £4.69 in paperback, £4.99 on Kindle - I read it as part of the Amazon Vine Program
Summary: what if love is not enough?