Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

By | April 8, 2012

Fresh out of the press comes the latest book by Jojo Moyes: Me before You. The story about Louisa who was very comfortable in her small town working as a waiter in a small cafe and dating an OK guy for 7 years when suddenly she loses a job and the only thing left for her to do is to become a carer for a quadriplegic Will who had an accident a few years back that stripped him from everything good in his life.

How was the book? Well it was quite interesting and really good. It is also very very depressing. You keep thinking, rather hoping, that Will might suddenly start moving again to end his suffering but its not that kind of book. The book is about suffering, humiliation, dependency, and looking at a life time of extreme pain.

It also raises a very important aspect regarding assisted suicide to end the suffering of a terminal-illness patient. It provides some insight into the matter and two different opinions, a pro and a con. Its like a debate without conclusion, it is left for the reader to decide, nothing is pushed upon you.

Even though the book is depressing it is also quite fun and funny. Given that a man in a wheelchair starts showing his carer how to live her life and broaden her horizons when she has been stuck in her place forever given its her comfort zone. It is quite long at 480 pages but its filled with both good and bad moments.

Now would I recommend it? This book is only for the strong hearted. If you are a squeamish reader who cannot take page after page of illness and pain. Or if you are, like me, plagued by fear of illness and ocd and your imagination usually runs wild in bad scenarios, then this book is not for you. I barely handled reading it the first time. I don’t think I can do it again.

If you still want to read it you can find it on Amazon (link).

4 Responses to “Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes”

  1. swera says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book to be reviewed! I love these kinds of stories, i feel that smhow it gives me hope in life & it shows me that what i hv is a blessing from god :)

    • danderma says:

      3yal you would love it. I kept muttering to myself like a mad woman. Then again I am a bit mad fa it was no surprise :p

  2. q8mommas says:

    I love reading, everything and anything (from fiction to non fiction) but this book sounds too depressing! Nowadys with the everyday stresses i look for light and funny reads. Any suggestions?

    • danderma says:

      Plenty! I don’t know exactly what you’ve read so far but you can check my google reads account. Sophie Kninsella is always a guaranteed laugh.