Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Me Before You was my introduction to Jojo Moyes, and boy was it and introduction! This was an extraordinary tale of two people brought together due to very difficult circumstances. Lou, a very ordinary, unmotivated young women and Will a charismatic, handsome man struggling to come to terms with becoming a quadriplegic. I really hated every character in this book, but Moyes had a way of making me care even though I hated them and eventually she made me love and respect the two main characters.
I knew nothing of this story before I began reading it, thinking, based on the cover and a few quick synopsis's that it was a romance. I'm not a big fan of romance and so I had no expectations for this book, which may have been for the best.
This is a love story, but not a romance. Its the story of two people bringing our the best in one another and pushing one another to live their fullest life possible. Its a story of letting go and saying good bye, a story of facing our greatest fears and coming out stronger.
The novel packs a punch, throwing the reader for a loop and tackling the incredibly tough and controversial issue of assisted suicide. Moyes does so in a way that does not leave you feeling judgmental, but rather sympathetic for all those facing tough decisions. Have your Kleenex box handy, I shed more than a few tears as I finished this novel, but walked away feeling oddly uplifted.
I look forward to reading more of Moyes novels and have an ARC of her latest novel, One Plus One awaiting me!
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