Review of ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You” is beautiful, heartbreaking and one of those books you just can’t put down.
The story follows the relationship between 35-year-old Will Traynor and his caregiver, 26-year-old Louisa (Lou) Clark. Will lost use of his legs and the majority of the use of his hands after being hit by a motorcycle. Confined to a wheelchair he has succumb to a deep depression. Clark is not your traditional caregiver, she is 26 but has never left her small town in England, never traveled nor gotten a college education. After losing a job she fiercely loved at a cafe, Lou has no choice but to help support her family by taking the job as Will’s caregiver.
It’s a job that changes the course of her life.
Moyes has a way with her characters and a subtle and charming humor to her writing. This story has romance, but is not merely a romance novel. It is a story about the difference between the choices in our lives we are allowed to make and the choices we find we have no control over. And also a look at the lives of people suffering from crippling disabilities and their quality of life.
The story of Lou and Will is not one I will soon forget and these characters are ones who will stay with me for quite a long time to come.