You have to read this book!! For over a year, this book was recommended to me often. Whether it was via Goodreads' recommendations algorithm or Amazon's "other people who bought this book bought" sales push. I always clicked through to it, read the synopsis, and thought no thanks. An able-bodied person falling in love with a quadriplegic? Too sad for me. Yet when everyone in the school playground was talking about it and I still hadn't read it, I knew I had to....
I have to say, I was totally and completely wrong to wait. I'm amazed at how quickly I was drawn into the characters' lives. Told from the point of view of Lou, the down-on-her-luck caretaker of Will, a surly quadriplegic with nothing but disdain for the world around him. Lou soon discovers the real reason she has been assigned this job - keeping Will from coming to self harm before a pre-set date, when he will make the decision to take his own life. Lou uses the time she has left to change his mind, and every step of the way you are hoping along with her that it will work. I cried, I laughed out loud and I felt soooo much reading this.
Lou is endearing and sweet while never veering into nauseating. Will is surly and moody but never unlikeable. I mean, can you blame him? His parents are both deeply flawed and yet admirable in their love for their son. Lou's family is also imperfect, but they were so human that you could forgive them. Every detail of this story, every character and setting, was nuanced and multi-dimensional. I adored Me Before YOU. I can't wait for the movie. Thank-you JoJo Moyes for this masterpiece.
Just... perfection. 5 + stars....A must read....
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1 edition (22 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718177029
- ISBN-13: 978-0718177027
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 213 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)