Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

I expected this to be a chick lit type of book that would be light-hearted, funny and a nice cosy read to escape the January blues. It’s so much more than that.

This book attracted me because it’s been in Amazon’s bestsellers list for over a year now and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I have never read anything by Jojo Moyes before but I will be buying her other books now.

I literally could not put it down and when I physically had to (to work, eat and eventually sleep) I was thinking about it constantly.

It provokes so many questions. About life and death, about euthanasia and suicide, about disabilities, about love, about jobs and money. The concerns of the characters allow you to relate to them- being unemployed and experiencing the job centre during this recession, supporting your family and worrying about money. But it also gives you an insight into much bigger problems that exist, that the majority of us do not come into contact with everyday- such as living life as a quadriplegic, after a tragic accident, and for the people that care for him.

It’s so thought-provoking, moving and incredibly gripping. It’s sad in places but I would not call this a sad book (I really don’t like sad books so please don’t be put off by thinking that this is one). This is definitely not a chick lit. Do not underestimate it. This book is about life: the fragility and the meaning of living life. I would highly recommend it for a powerful read and one that will stay in your mind for weeks after.

Has anyone else read this book? If so, what do you think of the ending?
And has anyone read any more Jojo Moyes books that you can recommend?

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