Friday, March 29, 2013

I became lonely when it was about to end

I'm in my review clothes today for the novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I don’t know what to make of this book. Let’s see if I can deconstruct why I liked it so much.  The set up grabbed me because of its ordinariness: a family with two grown daughters is struggling in a poor economy and one of the daughters, (the one no one has faith in) gets a weird job that will save the others from slipping into poverty.  Oh, and it takes place in a small English village which raises the interest level for American readers by a hundred.

As in life, the likeability factor played a big part in my total interest in the outcome. Did you notice I said “total” interest?  I wanted to get back to my reading and I became lonely when it was about to end.  Yes, lonely.   The major and minor characters were endearing and when unlikely events began to infiltrate and better their lives it was within parameters that were believable and satisfying, not life changing (although life did change as it always does).  The last part of my deconstruct has to do with what we call a “love story” and how we yearn for someone right along with the main character.  I yearned right along with Louisa Clark and that’s as much as one can ask for in a book.

(Will blog again later with my own ramblings.)

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