Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--she comes from a close family, will probably marry her boyfriend, Patrick, and has never been farther afield than the castle that is the prim tourist attraction of her tiny village.But when the local café where she works closes, she takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor. Will is wheelchair bound after an accident ended his life as he knew it--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and he is not interested in exploring a new one.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--yet Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. In turn, Will prods Lou to expand her ambitions, but she has her reasons for wanting things to stay the same as they have always been. When Lou learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. What neither of them knows is that they are going to change each other for all time. Summary from Dust Jacket
I read Me Before You for book club. I didn’t know anything about it going into it until I read my friend Jenny’s review. She didn’t give anything away, but I found out it’d be sad. I wasn’t sure I could handle sad right now, but I decided to read it anyway and I’m glad I did.
Other than saying that I’m glad I read Me Before You, I don’t quite know what else to say. It has left a hole in my heart, leaving me feeling bereft and contemplative.
Me Before You was about such an interesting topic and has given me so much to think about, especially about things I don’t normally think about. I keep wondering how I’d feel if I were in the different characters’ shoes and I’m still torn and not sure what side I’d choose or be on.
I loved the main characters. I loved Louisa’s personality. She was so much fun, even though she wasn’t super confident or led a very ordinary life. I loved being in her head. I also loved Will. I felt sorry for him, which he’d hate, of course. But, I liked his personality around Louisa. I guess I liked what they brought out in each other. And, I loved their relationship. Their relationship made this book so quick and easy to read. It kept me turning pages to find out what would happen and how it would all end (even if I did know it wouldn’t end the way I wanted it to). I liked the secondary characters, too, even when I hated them because they added a lot to the story.
I think I’ll be reeling from Me Before You for a long time. I’ll be thinking about the characters and the effect our choices have on ourselves and those around us. And, I’ll have more compassion for those who feel like their choices have been taken away from them.
At this point, I’m not sure I’m going to read the sequel because I like how and where the story ended. But, I’ll definitely be open to reading other books by Jojo Moyes.
Personally, I didn’t feel the content as a whole was offensive. However, I’m sure some people would because there’s language, including a few instances of the F-word, and sex. In my opinion, any scenes involving sex are tastefully written and not graphic.