Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
(Pamela Dorman Books, 2012, 384 pages)
Will Traynor was living a big life full of adventures, a competitive job, and a large social life until he was involved in an accident that left him a quadriplegic. Now Will must rely on other people to care for him and make decisions about his everyday life. Lou is an ordinary girl who was hired by Will’s mother as someone to, more or less, keep Will company throughout the day. Lou has no ambitions for her life other than to help out her struggling family. As Lou and Will spend more time with each other, they try to get one another to see the great potential they have. Will helps Lou see that she could be doing so much more with her life while Lou tries to get Will to see how much of a life he still has.
This book captured my attention from the very first pages. It deals with difficult subjects but the characters are so endearing that it gives the book a nice balance. Moyes also did a wonderful job telling the story by quietly skimming over parts that didn’t seem as important and then really going into detail on larger areas of the book. I also enjoyed the layout that Moyes set up by having the majority of the book told from Lou’s point of view but having just a few short chapters thrown in from a different character’s view point. This was a book that I definitely didn’t want to end.