Me Before You

16 Sep Me Before You

What are the Ladies on Literature Reading Now?

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

This is the excerpt from the back of our latest book. While author, JoJo Moyes,  is known as a romantic novelist (she  won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You  has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide), this story isn’t a typical “romance” novel. In fact, some of the most gleaming reviews I’ve read were written by men who appreciated this is a story about love–yes–but it’s about the power of love to take root and to blossom in the most unlikely places.

Working class Louisa takes on the role of caring for Will, a successful corporate financier and daredevil of a handsome man, who wants to end his life after a motorcycle accident renders him a quadriplegic. Neither of them want to be where they are yet both characters begin to grow in ways they never previously imagined,  learning to love the sides of themselves they were never in touch with before. Of course, in the end, they might just love one another.