Me Before You – Jojo Moyes


Me Before You

Jojo Moyes’ latest novel (to be published January 2012) tackles some very difficult issues yet makes them more approachable in this extremely readable love story.  Lou Clark, still in her mid twenties, is stuck in a rut, submerged in small-town life.  Will Traynor, after a high-flying life in the City, is confined to his wheelchair, feeling left without choices…. except, perhaps,  the choice to take his own life.  These two engaging characters are thrown together and what follows is the story of their 6 eventful months together.

What could have been a maudlin story is instead an uplifting hymn to life and the choices we make.  I felt drawn into the lives of all the characters, Lou with her madcap, eclectic style, her family, her sport-addict boyfriend, even the dysfunctional neighbours!  Will’s family have a much more privileged life but no amount of money can ease their trauma after Will’s accident.  Yet, there is lots of humour here too and you get the feeling the author really likes and understands her characters.

No judgements are made and the result is a compulsive, thought-provoking read, a really believable love story with vivid characters.  Jojo Moyes is clearly one of our most diverse authors, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

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