Title: Me Before You
Genre: Literary Fiction/love story
Author: JoJo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin, Dec 2012/Jul 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 3
Description from amazon.com:
Before Louisa met Will, her plans didn’t reach beyond their tiny English town. Will, when he wasn’t closing multimillion-dollar deals, blew off steam scaling mountains, leaping from planes, and enjoying exquisite women–until an accident left him paralyzed and seriously depressed. When his mother hires Lou to keep his spirits up, he meets her awkward overtures with caustic contempt, but she’s tenacious and oddly endearing. Their fondness grows into something deeper, gaining urgency when she realizes his determination to end his life, and her efforts to convince him of its value throw her own bland ambitions into question. Plumbing morally complex depths with comedy and compassion, Jojo Moyes elevates the story of Lou and Will from what could have been a maudlin weepie into a tragic love story, with a catharsis that will wring out your heart and leave you feeling fearless. –
Do not start this book unless you intend to finish it in one day. I could not put it down. The romance is a long time unfolding which makes the actual confession of love so much more profound. This book raises questions of euthanasia, and it does present the moral arguments for and against. The characters presented are not always admirable but they are totally understandable even if at times we doubt them. I thought the presentation of the trials of a quadriplegic was well done although I have limited personal knowledge with which to judge. This book delivers laugh out loud moments as well as tears. A wonderful book.
Note: This book, written by a British author, uses many British slang words and colloquialisms. I did not find them difficult to understand although I had not heard many of them previously.