Me Before You


Me Before You (pdf in Google Drive!)

by Jojo Moyes

Not a children’s book


Ugh.  This book.  If you like tear-jerkers, books that make you frustrated because the characters don’t do what you want, or controversial topics, this one is for you.  That doesn’t mean it was a bad book.  I read it in 3 days and I am sad that it’s over!

Lou (Louisa Clark) is a 20-something living in a small town in England, and her life is basically going nowhere.  She loses her job and her family relies on her for money, so she has to work as a carer for a quadriplegic (Will Traynor) with no use of his arms or legs (other than slight movement in one hand) due to a motorcycle accident.  Will was previously an adventurous, successful, and handsome man until his accident, and has lost his will to live since his quality of life is so low.  He has plans to take his own life at an assisted suicide place in Switzerland.  Louisa is hired on a 6 month basis as a carer for him, because she is vivacious, funny, and his mother thinks Lou will remind him he wants to live.

What I liked about this book was that you were really rooting for Lou and Will’s romance to flourish.  I wanted him to realize she was worth living for.  The book itself, although a horribly sad situation, was humorous and had well-developed characters, and you wanted them to be happy.

What I didn’t like about this book was the ending.  I’m sure you can figure it out that being a tear-jerker, it doesn’t end the way you want, but it isn’t necessarily the saddest book you’ve read, either.  I’m also told there’s a sequel.

Book 3 of 10 (summer challenge)


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