From My Bookshelf – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Welcome to my From My Bookshelf series, you can read more about it here. In a nutshell the point of this series is for me to put my Librarian hat on and share with you the books that I have been reading. I already share my favourite stories for little ones in my Bedtime Story of the Month series but this series will focus on the books that I read for pleasure (I love a good chick-lit) and the teen/young adult books I read for work. I have a genuine love of reading and I cannot tell you how important it is to get our kids reading, it helps them so much in every area of life.
One other thing before I get started, there will be no spoilers. This isn’t a review as such just a chat about why I loved it and why I think you should read it. So let’s get started.
For my first From My Bookshelf post I am sharing with you Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
This is my first Jojo Moyes read but someone I have been meaning to try for a while. I have only heard good things about her writing and after reading this I can only agree.
Me Before You is based around a young woman named Louise who has a fairly normal, some might say boring life. She accepts a job as a carer for a quadriplegic man, Will who has had a road accident. The story follows them getting to know each other and understanding one another. Will is finding it difficult to accept the way his life is now and Louise makes it her mission to turn things around for him and help him see that his life is still worth living.
The only way I can describe this book is beautiful. It is beautifully written and all the issues surrounding it are handled delicately and with love. It was one of those reads that I didn’t want to put down but I didn’t want to finish it either. I fully invested in Louise and Will and the unconventional relationship that they formed.
I can’t tell you how many emotions I went through reading this book but I will tell you it had me in floods of tears at the end. It moved me to tears, made me laugh and made me feel like I was right there going through it with Louise. The whole premise really is to ask the question, is love enough? Although love is a big part of it, this book shouldn’t be seen as a typical chick-lit because it isn’t.
You need to read this book, but you will need tissues and I would recommend giving yourself a few hours with it as you will not want to put it down. This book has stayed with me since I read it. I have already started recommending it to friends and my Mum currently has my copy as I knew she would love it too.
Jojo Moyes has released a sequel to this book; After You. I am hoping to get my hands on a copy soon but I am almost scared to read it as I don’t want it to disappoint. I do need to see what happens next though so it is on my ‘to read’ list.
Have you read Me Before You? Let me know what you thought.
Happy reading and I shall see you next time.