Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!
This post does not contain spoilers.
Me Before You* by JoJo Moyes
Summary: When Louisa Clark takes a job as a companion for Will Traynor, she learns he had an accident that left him in wheelchair. Can she convince him that life is still worth living?
First Sentence of Prologue:
When he emerges from the bathroom she is awake, propped up against the pillows and flicking through the travel brochures that were beside his bed.
As to be expected, the prologue reveals a glimpse of Will Traynor’s life before the accident that left him paralyzed. We’re not sure who the “she” is.
First Sentence of Chapter 1, Me Before You:
There are 158 footsteps between the bus stop and home, but it can stretch to 180 if you aren’t in a hurry, like maybe if you’re wearing platform shoes.
This could be interpreted at least two different ways. The first –I think what the author meant — is that the route is so familiar and traveled so often, that Louisa Clark even knows the number of steps it takes. Counting steps, however, could also indicate that she is a bit obsessive-compulsive. We will have to see which the author intended.
What do you think?
As with many of the novels we’ve read for this challenge, this Me Before You is also a movie. Trailer: