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Me before You,
This review is from: Me Before You (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Having lost her job at a tea shop when the owner decides to close it, Louisa Clark (Lou) is told about a temporary vacancy for a carer. Although she has no experience, other than occasionally helping out at home, Lou goes for an interview with Mrs Traynor, the mother of Will, the person needing care. Lou would be required to look after the non-medical aspects of Will's life as they already employ Nathan, a nurse, for those needs.
Will was a highly successful,active and wealthy City executive who, following an accident, is now quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. He has told his parents that he does not want to live his life this way and that he has made arrangements to go to Dignitas. They persuade him to wait for 6 months before doing anything and Mrs Traynor hopes that Lou can change Will's mind and show him that life is still worth living.
From the outset I found Lou very likeable. She has her own problems - she'd lost the job which she enjoyed; she has a fitness fanatic, selfish boyfriend and, a home which is overcrowded as her sister and small nephew live there with her parents. To top it all they are reliant on Lou as the only wage earner in the family.
"Me before You" is the best book I have read in a very long time and I finished it in two sittings. Jojo Moyes deals with the subjects of disability, assisted suicide, love and life in a sensitive yet credible manner. I was hooked from the first chapter and the book made me smile, laugh, think and cry. Thoroughly recommended and very worthy of 5*.