ME BEFORE YOU, Jo Jo Moyes

A bestseller and deserving of the Oprah Book Club recognition it received.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Richard’s take
A tear jerker as much as a page turner. If you aren’t deeply and emotionally engaged by the end of this book, you need to turn on your heart valve.

Moyes has real life experience with physical disabled but her added research confirms that her heroine is capable as a caregiver. Louisa is a more than average British girl but no one has motivated her. No one has pushed her, encouraged her to step out beyond her small town in middle nowhere England.

Family’s pushes and prods force her to accept a job for which she has no experience, no knowledge and in her eyes, no skills. Little did they all no. Little did she recognize of herself.

The story unfolds captivatingly, hold one’s attention page after page with descriptions that worthy of red pencil highlighting, with incidents that make one shake their head in incredulity. Romance and love develop in unexpected places and this is a love story for our times, as moving and surprising as can be in this day and age.

Well written, sensationally touching
So many colorful phrases jump off the pages for the reader, so many emotional constructions, the reader cannot help but pause to savour each as the writing becomes more and more awesome and mouth-droppingly sensitive and sensual too.

This is book of the modern ages. Readers will self-evaluate as well as judge characters in the story. This is a book that should be a slow read. This is a book that needs a warm blanket, a steaming drink and an open heart. A reader has to just let the book engulf them in its warmth like a down-filled duvet on a wintry night. The warmth generated is all encompassing.

If it isn’t one of the most moving books you have ever read, it surely has to rank in the top 5 or 10 at least.

An oustanding read which begs for discussion and examination with other people, a book club, a loved one, someone else who can empathize, sympathise and commiserate the emotional trip which ‘Me Before You’ provides.

Outstanding ! And a book on the G.A.L. (George Ashe Library) Book Club moderators’ list. Wow…impressive !

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