Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is getting lots of blog and word-of-mouth praise. I thank my Twitter friends for telling me about this phenomenal story.
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.
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.
Moyes writes an inspirational story, yes inspirational even with some rather grim subject matter. Not since The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce have I read such an inspiring story, a tale that will make you want to be a better person.
Me Before You is also a book about love, but there is nothing sappy within these pages. It’s not a romantic love story, per se, but more of a love that only the best friends can share. The love between Lou and Will is an unlikely love that only develops from the closest, most intimate relationships. Moyes tells such a deeply moving and heartfelt story. Each page is full of emotion; each character is fully and vividly drawn.
I highly recommend Me Before You. You will laugh, you will cry, and you may even throw some things. But you will never forget Lou and Will and the incredible journey they undertake together.