Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Reviewed by Jessica Morgan
Synopsis- Me Before You is the story of two characters that unexpectedly meet when their lives are interrupted and they are forced to consider a different future for themselves.
Louisa Clark has been leading a comfortable life in her hometown. Clark has her world challenged when the cafe she has been waitressing at closes its doors. Not knowing what awaits her, she takes a job, out of desperation, as a caregiver for Will Traynor.
Will Traynor had a big life in London; the perfect job, the perfect girlfriend, and adventure at every turn. His life is interrupted by an accident which leaves him unable to care for himself.
Throughout this story, you will be wondering who these character were before each other and who they will be after.
From the moment the story began, I felt engulfed in the lives of the characters. Louisa Clark is the average girl next door, content with what she knows; unaware that life could look differently. She has a lackluster career and a mediocre boyfriend until life intervenes and she is thrust into a new way of life. Her character is endearing and you root for her as you watch her discover, rebel, and create a new life.
When Will Traynor enters the plot, intrigue and mystery direct your thoughts. He previously had an adventurous life that many would envy, but now confines himself to his home. Traynor is complex and deeply broken by the brutality life can sometimes deliver. From the beginning of the novel until the end, you are captivated by the uncertainty of this character.
Each page unveils a new piece of the story that captivates you. The character development unfolds in the most delicious way, constantly leaving you hungry for more. The intersection of these two characters and their families is spellbinding as you battle with your own sense of right and wrong. Throughout the novel, you are constantly challenged to think about what sacrifices you would make for a loved one.
Louisa and Will steal your heart, then break it, and then make you fall in love with them all over again. Neither of them were the one the other one wanted nor saw coming, yet they were exactly who they needed. I found this to be a beautiful story about the complexity of love and life. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to start it over again.
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