This month, the members of A Novel Idea met to discuss Jojo Moyes book ‘Me Before You’. In a nut shell, it was incredibly well recieved. Everyone was pleased to read an enjoyable book, but it had enough depth that it didn’t feel too much like “chick lit”.
Me Before you is the story of Lou, a young woman who is employed to care for Will, a young man who was in a terrible accident and is now a quadriplegic. As Lou and Will slowly become friends, she discovers that Will has a terrible secret. And she may be the only one who can help.
During the discussion, we found the topic had turned to euthanasia. We found it such an interesting topic, and greatly admired Moyes and her decision to feature this theme. Many of us felt that it is easy to judge these kinds of circumstances quite flippantly, and that the book opened our eyes to different viewpoints and ideas.
We felt that Lou was a very strong character and very likeable, and felt sorry that her family didn’t seem to appreciate her or who she was. We gave the book a rating of 8.5, and were very keen to read more book by Jojo Moyes in future.
In December we will be meeting to discuss our final book for the year – ‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent.
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes’s story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she? Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?