Friday, April 25, 2014

Me Before You Jojo Moyes

Me Before YouMe 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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  1. Wow, that sounds like a crazy book. I don't know if this is something I'd enjoy reading, I prefer reading happy, feel good type of books :) Great review!

  2. Thanks - despite its tough subjects this book does leave you with an odd satisfaction and you feel good about the main characters decisions and the changes in their lives for the better!


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