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4.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale for the able-bodied, 2 Mar 2012
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Me Before you is quite a surprise. On one level it's just another issue-driven piece of chicklit à la Jodie Picoult but Jojo Moyes is more skilful than JP in that she doesn't hammer home her message and the main characters are really engaging. In fact for once I agree with the blurb on the back when it says "Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take to their hearts as they did One Day's Emma and Dex". Structurally it's a bit contrived in that every now and then the narrative viewpoint changes. The first change is fine and probably necessary to the plot. But later changes to more minor characters - Patrick the boyfriend for example was eminently forgettable, more of a plot device than a person and when he took over the narrating I don't think it worked. But on the plus side, the thought-provoking arguments on someone confronting their own death were dealt with head-on which actually lead me to clarify my own thoughts on this, and what in other hands could have been a quite depressing read was in fact rather uplifting.
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