Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes, Best Book Club Selection!

Me Before You by British author and journalist JoJo Moyes is one of the best if not the best book club selection we've ever had.  Two book clubs have read it and all members simply loved this novel.  

JoJo Moyes is one of the few authors to twice win The Romantic Novel of the Year Award.  Besides Me Before You, The Last Letter From Your Lover (which is one of the two winning titles) and The Girl You Left Behind are all receiving great feedback.  Romance novels are not the forte of our book clubs but it seems Ms. Moyes has been practicing the art of writing since her decision to write full time in 2002.  She now cannot be classified as just a romance novelist.  Practice has made perfect.

Me Before You is the story of Lou Clark, a working class young woman who, desperate to make money for her family and hindered by inertia, takes a temporary job as assistant to wealthy, bitter quadriplegic, Will Traynor. That doesn't sound like the makings of a funny, poignant story full of witty dialog, thought-provoking subjects and ultimately an unforgettable love story but it is.  This is one of those books where you feel you are walking right alongside the characters and are sad to close the last page.  The story of Lou and Will will stick with you long after you've finished their story.  Run, not walk, to your local library and checkout Me Before You.