I have certain friends that call, text, private message, or email me whenever they fall in love with a book, movie or TV show. I relish those messages (and those friends), no matter what form they come in, because it means that most likely, I too am going to love that same book or movie or TV show.
So when my girl Hayley texted me the name of her latest fave book, Me Before You by Jo Jo Moynes, I rushed out (meaning I reached into my bag for my iPad) and downloaded it immediately (oh the joys of technology and instant gratification!).
This particular friend and I agree on most things in life (though she thinks 30 Rock was the best show ever created and I couldn’t make it past 4 minutes of that show), so I was pretty certain that I would love it too. However, the first few chapters of the book BORED me to TEARS.
I called and texted this dear old friend of mine a few times and said, “please tell me this gets better.” To which she replied something like, “I loved it. Couldn’t stop thinking about it for days.”
Okay, fine, I told myself. I will push through.
So, on I read, and before I knew it, the book was glued to my hands. As the story unfolded, I found myself becoming more and more attached to the characters, to their own personal plights, and to the intimate, unique connection the two of them shared. Soon the characters were familiar friends and I was deeply invested in their lives.
By the time I neared the end, I called Hayley and said through tears, “Oh my God, I can’t handle this book,” which I meant in the best way possible. I could barely get my words out.
That night, I put the kids to bed early, forsook the housework, and finished the book through tears and more tears.
Later that night, I tried to start a new book, but had to put it down immediately. I need to sit with this book for just a little while longer.
I don’t want to tell you much about the story, since I knew nothing going into it. But I can tell you this: It’s a love story. It’s a human interest story. It’s an “oh my God, what would I do in that situation?” story. I hope you’ll read it and come back to tell me what you thought. I, for one, well for two including my friend, can’t stop thinking about it.
I even got a tweet back from the author thanking me for my tweet about the book.
@MamaMaryShow Thank you. Glad you liked it x
— Jojo Moyes (@jojomoyes) February 11, 2014
Now I love her even more.