Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Handsome, wealthy, and extremely athletic, Will Traynor had it all - a promising career, gorgeous girlfriends, and all the time in the world to pursue his love of international travel and thrill-seeking adventures.  Until the motorbike accident that left him a C5-6 quadriplegic.   Now requiring 24-hour care, the once-powerful Will lives in his parents' home in a small tourist village in England and has only limited use of one of  his hands.  Bitter, acerbic and deeply depressed, with no hope of recovery, Will is quite certain he cannot live this confined life instead of his old, larger-than-life one.

Louisa Clark has no idea what she wants to do with her life.  At age 26, her boss has just told her he's closing the cafe she's been working in for six years.  She lives at home with her parents, her grandfather, and older sister Katrina and small nephew Thomas, and her long-term boyfriend, Patrick, is so obsessed with marathons and triathlons his idea of a date is Louisa watching him run.  After a horrifying stint at the Job Center, the best of which was a shift at the chicken factory, Louisa is so desperate she takes a job as caregiver to a wealthy quadriplegic, although she has no background or knowledge of how to care for a man confined to a wheelchair.  When she is offered the job, and reassured by Will's mother that her role is only that of a companion and guardian, Louisa has no idea what is in store for her.

Although she initially dreads the long, mind-numbingly boring days spent with a man who she is quite sure hates her, Louisa soon finds that there is more to Will than his prickly exterior.  In fact, the more time she spends with Will, the more she begins to uncover a deep well of fearlessness inside herself - and the possibility for more happiness than she ever thought possible.  An unconventional love story, Me Before You will have you reading, laughing, crying, and holding your breath late into the night.