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Friday, September 25, 2015

THE CEPHALOPOD COFFEEHOUSE: ME BEFORE YOU

Welcome to September's Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers for the discussion of works they have enjoyed over the previous month. If you wish, check out The Armchair Squid's Coffeehouse and add yourself to the discussion list.




When I used to work for the senior center, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes was the book discussion book for the month of July. Since I also worked (still do work) at the library, all the seniors were returning this book. The book didn't pop a hold and I was allowed to check it out.

Ah, man, the seniors weren't kidding when they said some parts of the book induce tears. Not light tears, but the heavy sobs. There were parts of the book that also made me laugh; Moyes did a good job balancing out the sad and happy.

The story tells of Will, a paraplegic from a car accident in 2007, who seeks physician assisted suicide. The book takes place in England and medical assisted suicide is considered unethical - if someone seeks that, they must go to Switzerland. We also meet Lou, short for Louisa, who was just laid off from her job at a bakery. She's eccentric and can't find work until the employment agency sets her up with Will and his family.

It was rocky at first and a slow start. Lou finds out that she was hired on the six month contract so she could persuade Will to change his mind about ending his life. Before Lou started, Will attempted suicide and his parents caught him in time (his parents are against it). Will said, "I'm not happy. I will give you six more months of my life." His parents hoped Lou would change Will's mind.

We also learn that Lou was raped seven years prior. Her life basically ends at that point and she's in an unhappy relationship with Patrick. Patrick is an a-hole, to put it nicely. Lou does make Will come out of his shell, but in turn, Will helps Lou come out of her shell. Patrick breaks up with Lou since he's jealous of Lou planning trips and fun evens with Will. Lou comes alive and it's through Will's want of suicide because he can't live the life he had before he became a paraplegic. Will shows Lou how to live by getting tattoos, embracing who you are, and travel. Lou falls in love with Will.

I won't give the ending because I think everyone should check out this book. It's a great book, Moyes is an astounding writer in Me Before You, but it really does make one think about life and living in the moment before it's too late.

10 comments:

  1. That sounds great. A book that always makes me cry, really sob, is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. Every time I read that book I cry so hard. It's a release.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I really like Me Before You and I see there is a moving that is supposed to be released on 9/29 about the book. Might be worth it.

      I will have to check out that book! Sometimes it's nice to have a release and I think literature is a good pal for that.

      Love,
      Jessica

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  2. I just read a sad book so I may have to wait on another one. It's hard to get invested in characters and have them die. Interesting subject matter, too, not one that gets discussed much.

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    1. I know what you mean. I'm reading a happy book now, so I can even things out.

      Yeah, I was surprised about the subject matter. I thought it was pretty well accepted in this day and age, but I guess not... at least it's not well accepted in the UK.

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  3. My god. This sounds fantastic! I'll have to check it out!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Veronica
    http://vsreads.com

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    1. You're welcome! I forgot to warn: the author is British and there were some Britishisms I didn't understand.

      Enjoy!
      Jessica

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  4. What a great review.
    I will put this book on my list.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. There is a follow up, Me After You, that I eventually want to check out! Enjoy!

      Jessica

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  5. I highly recommend the book I reviewed last month: Being Mortal. Very thoughtful discussion of end of life issues.

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    1. I think once I'm done writing my book, I'll check it out!

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