Monday, April 7

bibliophile [me before you]

We haven't discussed this one yet in book club, but I'm sure it'll cause a stir. Oh and I'm COMPLETELY unsurprised they're making this a movie, and will totally go see it.

Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

This was an interesting read. A quick one, too. It's one of those books that you kindof rush through because you're waiting for a resolution that you know won't come until the end, but it's not such incredible writing that you're missing a masterpiece by hurrying it along. Basically this novel deals with the question of dying with dignity and a person's right to end their life. Here's ya blurb:

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

It wasn't until I was halfway through the book that I realized I've read Jojo Moyes before- and even reviewed her book here on the blog. I guess I'll say I like both of her books, and I give her a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars. I liked the characters here, and found their relationship to be very realistic in its development, but some aspects of the book felt peripheral and unnecessary (most of her familial relationships, for example). I also thought that from 40% until 70% of the way through this book was frustratingly circular- nothing moved forward, no new emotions, no POINT to each chapter. In the movie format, this will for sure be a montage.

Anyway, give it a read. I find "dying with dignity" to be a multi-faceted issue and am really looking forward to discussing this with my girls next week.

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