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"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes — book club discussion and menu

Me Before You is a book I'd recommend at any time of year, but it's hard to ignore how perfect it is for February and Valentine's season. If you like love stories, flawed protagonists and pondering deep moral quandaries, this one's for you.



SUMMARY
(VIA GOODREADS)

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.


"Me Before YOu" DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 
(SPOILER ALERT!)

- Is Me Before You a stereotypical "romance novel"? Why or why not?

- With which character did you most sympathize? Do you think one, Lou or Will, is more deserving of sympathy than the other?

- How did Will's youth affect the way Lou and others treated him? 

- Will and Lou suffered vastly different challenges (his physical, hers economic). Did you see any similarities in how they approaches these obstacles? Any differences?

- Did you expect Lou and Will to fall in love? 

- How did you respond to Will's plan to end his life?

- People often say, "Love conquers all." After reading Me Before You, do you agree? Would you agree if Will had lived?

- What did the way Will's life ended represent? What would you do if you were in his place? How would you respond if one of your loved ones desired to die the same way?

These questions should get you started, but feel free to add some of your own!


MENU IDEAS
(YUM.)

I built this menu around my original pairing for Me Before You, which featured a plum crostata I've made several times since (it works great with peaches and berries, too). This is a menu for snacking, for finger foods with girlfriends, for indulging.

Tomato and basil crostini via Drizzle & Dip

Tomato and basil crostini via Drizzle & Dip

Spinach gruyere puff pastry pinwheels via Tracey's Culinary Adventures

Spinach gruyere puff pastry pinwheels via Tracey's Culinary Adventures

Brown sugar and maple ice cream via The Meaning of Pie

Brown sugar and maple ice cream via The Meaning of Pie

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