Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
(Viking, 2012, 369 pages)
I picked this up on a whim and I can’t get over how much I loved it. Me Before You has a unique story – set in England, Lou (short for Louisa) has recently lost her job. She eventually finds work as a sort of “companion” for Will. Will lives in a world completely different from the one Lou grew up in. He is clearly upper class and was used to living a full, rich and adventurous life as a powerful businessman. Now, however, Will is confined to a wheelchair – a quadriplegic. He’s had an incredibly hard time adjusting to his new “life” and Lou makes it her mission to help show him that his life doesn’t have to end because of his medical condition.
Lou and Will start off on the wrong foot, primarily because Will is already resentful of her presence before she even starts working. Gradually they warm to one another and as a friendship blossoms one can’t help but detect there is something else there as well. Lou has a boyfriend but he’s pretty focused on his own life and goals, marriage isn’t anywhere near the forefront of his mind. Will more or less becomes ingrained in Lou’s life and vice versa. She can’t imagine what her life would be without him, but it turns out this fear might become an all too startling reality when Lou learns that Will already has plans for how he wants his life to go…
This book had me hooked pretty quickly. Moyes’s character development and writing style draw you in almost immediately. There were numerous times while I was reading that I laughed out loud and then there were other times where I literally couldn’t stop myself from crying. This was a great read. A pleasant surprise to stumble across when browsing the book shelves. I should have known I’d like it based on Sadie’s review 😉