What do you do when you find out you’re someone’s last hope? That’s the situation Louisa Clark finds herself in after she’s hired to care for quadriplegic Will Traynor. In Me Before You, Louisa is perfectly content living her life in a small English village, working at a café, and not venturing outside her comfort zone. But when the café closes, Louisa must find another job quickly, because she is the family breadwinner. Enter Will Traynor, a man who lived life on the edge. After his accident, he is a stubborn, moody, and bossy man who is not looking to improve his situation. Louisa discovers that she’s been hired to change Will’s outlook on life. She does her best to show him what his life could be like, despite his physical challenges.
I loved this book. In fact, I think it’s one of my favorites that I read this year. I really enjoyed that the story is not only told from Will and Louisa’s point of view, it’s also told from the point of view of other important characters. This lets readers see the story from all sides, and see what other characters think of the situation. I really enjoyed Jojo Moyes’ writing, and will be reading more of her books.
If you liked Me Before You, you might also like The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison.