This weekend I have been heavily invested in reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for about a year, but with the movie hitting cinemas in less than two months (coincidentally a category for the 2016 Reading Challenge) I felt it was finally time to pick it up. And I loved it.
Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Category: #11 A book that’s becoming a movie
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
Me Before You is the story of 35 year-old Will, who suffered a severe motorcycle accident, leaving him requiring 24 hour care, and Lou, a 26 year-old woman who has never left the safe haven of her small town. When Lou gets made redundant from her job in a cake shop, she tries and fails at several career routes before stumbling across the position of Will’s carer.
Lou initially hates her job; Will is rude and snide towards her and she feels uncomfortable in his presence. However, she accidentally overhears a discussion between Will’s mother and sister which changes everything. Suddenly, she is on a mission to cheer Will up and provide him with life-changing experiences.
The characters in this novel are incredibly well developed: they are flawed, emotional and feel very real. Will and Lou share some brilliant interactions, but alongside them, the supporting characters are astoundingly well written and pivotal to the plot. The relationships between the characters are deep and profound: this is no fluffy rom-com, it is a contemporary with heart and meaning.
This book was great! I loved that the essence of the novel wasn’t a love story, it was much more than that (although the actual detail cannot be revealed as it would ruin the whole plot). It was a tale of friendship and bravery, and the power of the individual mind. The ending was superb, and I’m not ashamed to say that I shed a solitary tear. Now I cannot wait for the film – and the sequel.
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