Me Before You
Do you have book constipation? I had a BAD case of it in December. My oh my. I’m happy to say that my 2014 has started off with two hummm-dinger titles. The first of which is Me Before You by JoJo Myes.
A girlfriend of mine – who always has the best recommendations, by the way – posted the cover of this book on Instagram with a note saying that she was giving herself the “gift” of reading the last 100 pages. Ok, how’s that for a (non)sales pitch?
Well, it is that good. Every time I had the book out (e.g., waiting in line at the grocery store, drinking a decaf Almond Milk Latte at French Press coffee shop), people stopped me and either said, “That is the most amazing book!” or “I’ve heard amazing things about that book.”
As I reached the last 100 pages, I silently started to cry. It didn’t stop until I turned the last page.
Though I don’t think that I could aptly describe the beauty, complexity and depth of the story, here is a little synopsis. Louisa is a working-class, 20-something, still living at home and supporting her family, including her sister’s son. When she loses her job at a neighbourhood café, she is forced to accept a six-month contract caring for Will, a 35 year-old former-Master-Of-The-Universe-turned-quadriplegic.
Lou (as she is called), robbed of her once-ambitious desire to explore the world beyond her tiny blue-collar town by a haunting encounter with a pack of drunk boys at a young age, has never truly lived. Will, previous to his accident, had the life most people only dreamed of. Lou might not know what she’s missing, but Will certainly does.
The pair immediately hate each other, and Lou swears she’ll quit, but the money is too good. She stays, enduring Will’s constant moodiness and general disdain for life. Over time, they begin to understand each other a bit better, until Lou discovers there’s more to Will’s story that she was led to believe.
I can’t tell you anything else because it would ruin the story. I can, however, tell you that the novel addresses a timely, contentious human rights issue that is going to be increasingly at the forefront of health care debate.
Hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!