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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Advantages: Easy to read and warm to the characters
I was recommended this book by a friend who lent it to me after she had read it. I thought it was going to be a regular chick lit book that I usually read, but this really surprised me and is now one of the best books I have read!
The book is about a man called Will who lived a full exciting life before being paralysed in a motorcycle accident. He needs carers to do pretty much everything for him, feed him, bath him etc. He has no life, he feels there is nothing to live for as he cannot do the things he used to, he really misses his old life. This part of the book in itself broke my heart! To think there are people actually out there living their life this way, just like Will, this book tells this story so real, it makes you think of those in real life suffering and adapting to being a quadriplegic like Will.
Lou is one of the main characters of the book, who takes a job as a carer for Will. She recently lost her job as a waitress and has never cared for anyone before, nevermind a quadriplegic, so she does find this job hard in the beginning to adapt to. She is an easy character to warm to, as her family think she has never achieved anything in life, and she only tries her best. She has a big heart and is being taken advantage of by her boyfriend Patrick, you can tell she is not happy until she meets Will.
When Lou first starts her job caring for Will, he is so angry and depressed about what has happened to him. The story is about how Lou tries to convince Will that there are things in life worth living for, by taking him for days out, getting him to do different things etc.
I don't want to say too much about the storyline, as I don't want to ruin it. This is not your usual chick lit book in terms of the story and the ending, but you could guess from the start that the main characters fall for each other, it was very predictable, but very believable.
Lou had me laughing and smiling throughout the book with her funny ways, and I also cried reading this book! I have never ever cried at a book before! It really gets to you, just because the story can be so real for people out there living as a quadriplegic and also their families, it just shows you how lucky you are, and what some people are going through. I couldn't even read the last few chapters of this book it made me cry too much! It was about a week later when I made myself finish it!
I really could not put this book down, it made me laugh, cry, and I will always remember it as it really makes you appreciate the little things in life and your family and what you have got! It tells the story in such a light way though, not too serious. It is so easy to read and follow, and there are other great characters that fill up the book like Lou's family and Will' family. I would highly recommend this book, definitely one of the best I have read, just make sure you have your box of tissues ready!
Summary: Really breaks your heart and makes you appreciate life