“Me Before You”

What would happen if you happened to be highly successful in business, wealthy, a world traveller, and a very athletic individual, but suddenly found yourself a quadriplegic housed in a wheelchair for the rest of your life? Is life still worth living? This question forms the basic theme of this novel by Jojo Moyes. Will Traynor is the afore-mentioned character, and if it were up to him, his answer would be no. However, his mother is determined for Will to have as “normal” a life as possible, under the tragic circumstances (he was struck by a motorcycle while crossing the street). She hires one Louisa Clark, aka Lou, as a caregiver for Will to feed him, and generally keep an eye on him. Lou has just lost her job as a waitress in a coffee shop, lives with her parents, sister and nephew, and is desperate for work to support her family. As their story unfolds, and the relationship builds between Lou and Will, it will touch your heart. I don’t want to give anything away, but there were definitely tears involved. Read at your own risk!

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