Book Recommendation: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Lorin Recommends: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Another “I’m just now jumping on the bandwagon” selection, but I FINALLY got to this book and basically gobbled it whole.

The story of how cloistered Louisa Clark comes to care for paraplegic Will Traynor--who’s struggling with a life so different from the former grand adventure he had been living, hits the expected beats. He’s sullen and brittle. She’s scrappy yet naïve. They find meaning in each other—and something more.

So, it’s not the plot that stands out or the freshness of its treatment of a tough topic—is life the value or the QUALITY of that life? But Louisa’s voice is so warm and engaging, and the minute observations of the story so sharp and incandescent, especially in Moyes’ treatment of Louisa’s family life, that the expected tropes are given new life.

Though I’d quibble with a few of the author’s choices—introducing limited viewpoints from some minor characters without giving us any access to Will’s thoughts, among them—there’s much to recommend here in terms of creating depth and emotional texture on the page, drawing us in, subtly, to a world and characters whose lives and struggles may feel familiar but end up living within us in a potent and singular way.

-- Lorin