I was not expecting this book to be the most literary and flowery piece of literature that I have ever read - and I would think you would be wrong to.
Instead I approached this novel with an excited anticipation of what awaited me. I knew before reading it that it would cover some deep and fairly sensitive material, but I never realised how much it would grip me.
The main thing that I loved about this book is the lead character - Lou Clark. She's a character that, personally, I felt I could connect with - in fact if I knew her personally I think that I would very much like to be her friend - and that's what JoJo Moyes does so well, creating a connectivity between reader and character whereby you just want to experience everything with them and help them with their troubles and also have a jolly good laugh with them.
Within the narrative the topic that was explored was the life of a quadriplegic - now before reading this I would not have had a clue as to how someone who is a quadriplegic would live and experience life. However, through Moyes book - I feel like I understand somewhat their trials and tribulations, but also that life can be lived and there are ways to overcome these obstacles.
It just goes to show that literature can be extremely powerful in bringing about sensitive awareness of such delicate topics, which is great - in fact I would love to see more of this done throughout literature.
Me Before You is a very nice and gentle read, which is lovely, as it does not feel too taxing to sit and read it. Instead you can put your feet up with a good cuppa and just transport yourself into this story. JoJo's writing style is great and makes you feel at ease from the get-go, which actually is not easy to do.
The five stars that I awarded to this book was for the enjoyment factor. I really did enjoy this book from start to finish. I do not think I once thought - "maybe I'll skip this bit." Instead I was gripped and loved the main character. I cannot wait to read Me After You and see what Lou get's up to next - watch this space...