Me Before You by JoJo Moyes - 369 pages
ARC from Viking Press
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.
My Review: 5 stars
I adored this book. And I am firmly convinced that sometimes books are read at either the wrong time or better yet, at just the right time. I initially received this ARC back in October, 2012 and when I began reading it I was reminded so much of the Academy Award nominated movie The Intouchables (for best Foreign film) that I had to stop reading. I had just seen the movie and I was convinced the book was a similar story just because they both had a Quadriplegic and a caregiver in them. I couldn’t be happier that I didn’t just let this book sit in a pile of TBR’s and that I had the foresight to pick it up again as this is a gem of book. Likable and relatable characters, twists in the plot, quality of life decisions, family values and romance were at the heart of the story. Highly recommend.
Quotes I liked:
- “And there it was. He knew it, and I knew it. There was nothing left for me to do. Do you know how hard it is to say nothing ? When every atom of you strains to do the opposite? I just tried to be, tried to absorb the man I loved through osmosis, tried to imprint what I had left of him on myself. I did not speak...”
-“I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.”
- “Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you.”
- ““You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
Tags: 2013, Romance, Fiction, Chick Lit, Coming Of Age
Labels: 2013, Chick Lit, Coming Of Age, Fiction, Romance