Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Genre: Romance, Chick-lit, Contemporary
Pages: 369 (Hardback)
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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.BOOK CLUB BOOK!
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time
Twenty-six year old Lou loses her job waitressing at her small-town cafe. Though she attempts to find another job, times are tough and she doesn't qualify for much. She soon finds a job as a caregiver for a quadriplegic, Will Traynor, who is rude, critical, and unhappy. She can't quit like all the caregivers before her because her family truly needs the income she brings in. Over time, Lou and Will develop a bond that functions on the edge of Will's pain and hardships. And if Will can see outside of his own pain, he might be able to see that Lou has some of her own.
This book will make you cry. It is interesting, heartwarming, and heartbreaking at the same time. Interesting enough, about three of the girls in our book club have significant others who are quadriplegics so it was interesting to ask them about the accuracy of the details described. I enjoyed how Ms. Moyes was able to make it easier to understand I knew little about and make it interesting at the same time. The facts were integrated in such a way that I didn't feel like it was jargon or dry. I also enjoyed Lou and Will's interactions with each other. Half of the book club thought Will was condescending which made them enjoy the read less. I think there was a feel that Will was trying to better Lou and it seemed as if he felt only he could do it. I didn't think of it that way until they mentioned. No one in the book club enjoyed the ending.
Based on the description I didn't think I would enjoy this one but man this is a good one.