This is the second book by Jojo Moyes that I’ve read and I will definitely be reading more by this author. Jojo Moyes has a way of combining current events with a fictional story and making you take a second look at them. You begin to ask yourself, “What would I do in this situation?” This book poses the question of whether or not a person should have the right to choose how they die.
In the book Will Traynor, a young, adventure seeking businessman, is involved in a freak road accident that leaves him paralyzed from the neck down. Not only does Will have to deal with being confined to a wheelchair but there are also many other physical complications associated with being a quadrapalegic. Will is miserable and can’t adjust to his new way of life. He shuts out his family and friends and tells his parents he wants to end his life. They agree but only if he waits six months to see if he will change his mind. His parents hire Louisa, a waitress who has just lost her job, to sit with Will and be his companion for six months. Louisa has no experience with quadrapalegics or being a caregiver but she agrees to take the job because she needs the money. Lousia and Will do not get a long at first because Will is very angry and pessimistic but, through Louisa’s perserverance they begin to form a close friendship. When Louisa finds out Will plans to end his life she decides to spend the remainder of the six months they have together trying to change his mind. Will Louisa be able to change Will’s mind and show him that he has so much to live for, including love?
This is an unconventional love story that examines the question, what would you do for the person you love?
I give this book 5 stars!
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