Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
(Viking, 2012, 369 pages)
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who comes from a close family. She has the financial responsibility to provide for them and when the only place she has ever worked, the Buttered Bun, decides to close their doors, she is forced to find work outside of her comfort zone. She takes on a job as a caretaker to a man named Will Traynor. Will is quadriplegic because of motorcycle accident. The two of them couldn’t have less in common. She lives a simple life and is a caring person who is devoted to her family. Will is a wealthy young man who is used to being in control of everything in his life and when it was taken away in the blink of an eye, he became hateful of his life and everyone in it.
It does have some predictable paths but it think Me Before You was beautifully written. Moyes has the ability to get you to really know her characters so they become real and unforgettable. Coming from worlds apart, it was so enjoyable to watch the relationship of Will and Louisa grow into the truest form of love.
Jojo Moyes does an exceptional job writing about a controversial subject with fairness and respect. Her execution of the end was incredible. It forces you to think about how you value life and also how beautiful it is to have someone in your life who makes it worth getting up every morning. From heartbreaking to heartwarming and laughing through tears, this is one of the most emotional books I have read in a long time. I can’t wait to get my hands on After You (book #2).