Monday, February 4, 2013

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes: Read this if

I normally wouldn't give a novel like this a second glance. The story of an aimless, accidental caretaker and a cranky, young quadriplegic told by an author of romance novels? Probably not the best tea for my cup, and yet, some intangible thing about this one compelled me to give it a go. And good thing! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, tinged with much more sweet than bitter, giving glimpses into the lives of the very well off and the not so well off, which can differ drastically whether you're talking about wealth of finances or wealth of spirit or circumstance. Admittedly, Lou's emoting and Will's stubbornness were occasionally trying, but overall the novel delivered a touching story, with fully drawn-out characters and a thought-provoking take on euthanasia without even hinting at preachy.

You should consider reading this too if:
  • You are looking for a surprisingly light, funny, heartwarming, fast read with some substance too it.
  • Obsessive marathoners drive you crazy. 
  • You've never thought about life as a quadriplegic.
  • You used to wait, standing outside a broken phone booth with money in your hand.
  • You're well acquainted with sibling rivalry.
  • Character development turns you on.
Don't read this if:
  • Disabled people make you queasy.
  • Feelings make you queasy.
  • You can't handle books that don't defy gender stereotypes.
  • You are a die-hard pessimist (but you think of yourself as a realist).
  • You're in a Stephen King kind of mood.
  • You believe all questions have one right answer.
*I received this book from Penguin in exchange for my honest review. Be sure to check out this book club kit for a recipe for what sounds like a refreshing tea cocktail (I'm not kidding) and lemon cream tart, a Q & A with the author, and some more information about the book, in case you're still on the fence.
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