Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review -- Me Before You

Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
My enjoyment rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Book hangover rating:  2 of 5 stars (new to GDD -- book hangover -- once you close the cover, how long do you think, linger, over the completed book? How long does it take to start a new one?  Scale 1-5; 1  forgotten once you close the cover -- 5 Can't stop thinking about it!)
Source:  Library
Genre:  Contemporary fiction
Objectionable material: some minor language, including Fbomb


Will’s confined to a wheelchair – Louisa’s hired to be his aide – both have physical and emotional baggage that they are trying to resolve – together they must deftly navigate their current circumstances, and most importantly, their future.

Author, JoJo Moyes, has written a very unique love story involving a former corporate raider, now paraplegic, and his very eccentric caregiver.

Will is hardened by his diminished condition and not willing to let anyone, including his family, help him. Louisa is hired by his parents to do just that: break through his steely exterior to try to help Will recognize that life is still worth living.

I was intrigued by the concept of this novel – two unlikely confidants, forced to work together (or, against each other as the case may be) and the beautiful relationship that develops.

As much as I liked this book – it was quintessentially British, it was witty, I enjoyed the progression of Will and Louisa’s relationship – in the back of my mind, I kept wondering, how authentic was it, exactly?  Did the author accurately portray the life of a paraplegic? Did she make it too easy? I wasn’t entirely convinced.

My best friend, Heather, was a personal caregiver – I’m desperate for her to read this to give me her professional opinion.

Regardless, this was an emotionally powerful book, and one that you might shed a tear, or two, or a lot of them.


Tricia said...

Darn, we are reading this for book club next month.

mpartyka said...

OMG... Love you hangover rating. I haven't read too many good reviews from my trusted resources so I am passing on this one.

Sorry this one didn't work for you.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I absolutely loved this one and my hangover rating would be higher than yours. It just really grabbed me and didn't let go.

Tina's Blog said...

For some reason I really loved this book - major book hangover for me.