Wednesday, January 22, 2014

[Book Review] Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Andrea reviews ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes (Viking Books, 2012)
Louisa Clark has enjoyed her ordinary life in her tiny English village for the past 27 years. When I say ordinary, I mean her life has been mundane and almost boring. She has always lived with her close-knit family, has dated the same man for the past 7 years, and has never really taken any risks in her life. When the cafe’ that Louisa has worked at for the past six years closes, she realizes she is going to need find some other employment and find it fast, since her family is relying on her. After few unsuccessful job stints through the unemployment agency, her career counselor introduces her to working for Will Traynor.
Will is bound to a wheelchair after an accident. Used to being part of an extremely exciting life, Will could not be any different than Louisa. As he once took risks in finance and in competitive sports, Will believes his life is over. Surly and ill-tempered, Will feels justified in taking his anger out on timid Louisa. But she refuses to back down from him, and soon, she realizes Will’s happiness means everything to her.
This is not your typical boy-meets-girl love story, and because of that, I truly enjoyed Me Before You. Just as Louisa strives to make Will happy and see life is worth living even as a quadriplegic, Will wants Louisa to spread her wings out of their tiny town.
This is a beautifully written story of sacrifice as it shows readers that sometimes making others happy can sometimes break our own hearts.

Andrea King, Poplar White Station Library

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