Title- Me Before You
Author- Jojo Moyes
Publisher- Viking Books
Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, Adult
Interest Age: 16 and up
Reader’s Annotation: Louisa Clark has a boring life, but yearns for something more. She then finds a job as a care taker of Will Traynor, who changes her life she could have never imagined.
Will Traynor was on top of the world, and was constantly active. In a freak accident, Will is left a quadriplegic. He loses everything. His successful career, his girlfriend, and his ability to adventure. His mother hires Louisa Clark as a care taker. Louisa is bubbly and carefree, but Will seems to hate her. She begins to “defrost” Will and he begins to show signs that he loves her. Louisa finds out thar Will plans to go to a facility to commit suicide, and that his parents hired her to try and get him to change his mind. She quits. After a few weeks away, Louisa decides to change his mind and gets the approval of his parents. After finding out the difficulty in planning activities while disabled, Louisa takes will on some trip and finally confesses her feelings for him in their final trip. He tells Louisa that he still plans to commit suicide, and asks her to come with him. Louisa refuses and goes home separately from him. She eventually meets back with him, and stands by his side as he dies. She travels to Paris to honor Will.
I really enjoyed this book. I think the topic is something that hasn’t really been done before, and I think that Jojo Moyes does a great job at creating likable characters and a realistic setting. The writing is clear, and will be easy for teens to read and understand. Overall, this is a book that was written for adults but it can also be enjoyed by teens as well.
“Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.
Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.
Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.
She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children” (“Jojo Moyes,” n.d.).
Ties to Curriculum Units: N/A
Should assisted suicide be legal?
Some may challenge the idea of assisted suicide, but I will explain to parents that the topic may be sensitive but it also is positive in that the book talks about enjoying life and never taking it for advantage. I don’t foresee any other big issues except for language, but that is very minimal.