Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It is a very good thing that I picked up this book on Memorial Day weekend because I barely slept or ate in order to read it through. It’s cliche to say, but I literally could not put it down. Not only is it a love story like no other I’ve ever read, but it tackles the very controversial issue of the Right to Die and looks sensitively at the life of a quadriplegic. My eyes were opened to a world, a life, with difficulties and pain that I never have fully appreciated. Obviously, I still cannot fully appreciate what life as a quadriplegic is like, but I felt like Moyes did her homework and gave the reader valuable insight. It is a beautiful book sensitively written that also succeeds in being intensely romantic. I might have chosen a different ending, but I wasn’t surprised by it. It made sense in the context of the story and remained true to the characters. I highly recommend the read. It will give you pause; it will break your heart, and it will make you think about life in a way you might not have otherwise. Book clubs will find no shortage of topics to discuss with this novel, and readers will not soon forget these characters or their story.