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.