Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

Me before you - Jojo Moyes“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”

First of all… this is not a love story. I thought it would be a typical romance novel, you know a boy-meets-a girl, girl-meets-boy and something bad happens and then they love each other and live happily ever after, the end.

Me before you is a heartbreaking and deep novel disguised as a love story. This story touches a very controversial topic, the right to your own death.

 This is a story about a small town girl, Lou who loses her job and finds a new job as Will’s caretaker. Will, used to lead an incredible life. He was wealthy, successful, adventurous and athletic but a motorcycle accident changed everything. Now he is relegated to a wheelchair and his spinal injury makes him dependent on other people. Lou and Will hate each other at the beginning, but friendship and love grow gradually.

Jojo Moyes is an excellent storyteller and knows exactly which situations to lift up to draw the readers into the story. She writes simply and cleanly. Even though the story is a heartbreaking it’s also very funny. I found myself laughing out loud couple of times. Moyes has a good balance between humor and seriousness. The characters are very likable, a bit cliché but still likable. This book took me by surprise and I’m glad I read it.