Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Release Date - July 2013

Jojo Moyes
Penguin Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Ever since reading One Plus One, I've been trying to get my hands on every Jojo Moyes book I can. My journey through her past novels starts with Me Before You. If I had the money and status, this book would become a movie, which I've learned is in the works as I type this. It's powerful, honest, and oh so very emotional.

Louisa Clark's family depends on her income. Her father's job looks like it may be coming to an end, her sister is a single mom and trying to return to college, and her mother spends her time looking after Louisa's grandfather. When Louisa loses her job at a local cafe, the family is terrified of the mounting debt and loss of income.

While she'd love to take time off and figure out what to do, she has to help out. She accepts a temporary position as the caregiver to Will Traynor, a dynamic man left a quadriplegic following a horrific accident. Will's given up and not easy to get along with, but for some reason, Louisa is able to reach him and soon they become good friends.

Soon, Louisa discovers the real reason her job is to last six months. Will has decided that life isn't worth living and plans to end his life. His mother desperately wants to show him that he's wrong, and she thinks Louisa is the right person to prove it to him. The clock's ticking and Louisa is determined to make Will see that he still has a meaningful life ahead, one that might possibly include her.

Oh boy did I cry. This book is so powerful, so emotional, that I was crying like a baby. Me Before You isn't just a one or two Kleenex book, have the entire box in hand.

Choices both Louisa and Will must make are not made lightly or without serious consideration. There were times I wanted to stop reading, it was becoming almost too painful, but I also couldn't put it down. I was drawn into their lives and had to see how it ended. In the end, this confirms that Jojo Moyes skyrockets to the top of my favorite author list for good reason.


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