As I mentioned last month, I’ve decided to do a “book of the month” selection on this blog. As an author and someone involved in the literary community, I come across new books and authors all of the time.
This year, I’ve also made a commitment to read more (and I already read a lot).
The book selection for March is Me Before You.
You may have heard of this one, it has received an enormous amount of praise and interest since publication over two years ago. Jojo Moyes, the author, will release the followup in the fall. This book has been on my “to-be-read” list for a long time, and it’s time that I got around to it.
Here’s the book blurb from Me Before You‘s Amazon page:
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely 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.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Sounds fantastic, right?
Released in January, this book has been a runaway sensation. At one point, it seemed like everyone was reading it, and I need to, too.
I loved it.
The Girl on the Train is hauntingly told through the voices of three very complicated women. Each one has her character flaws, and each has something to hide. I found myself gripped by the story line from the first paragraph, and I read it as fast as I could.
This was a debut novel, but it never read like one.
In short, grab it. Now. Put it on your list or one-click it for your Kindle. I’m at a loss to explain how much I loved The Girl on the Train. Complicated, believable narratives are so hard to execute. This one did it beautifully.