We’re pleased to announce the following are our May selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
“Moyes introduces us first to Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Twenty-something Louisa “Lou” Clark has been hired as his caretaker, despite a total lack of experience. As the prickly Will and plainspoken Lou gradually warm to each other, she learns that the six-month length of her contract coincides with the amount of time Will has agreed, for his parents’ sake, to postpone his planned assisted suicide. Armed with this information, Lou sets about creating adventures for Will, hoping to give him a reason to live. Simultaneously, Will encourages Lou to expand the expectations of what her life could be. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Hazel Grace is a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, caught up in the effort it takes to live in a body that everyone knows is running out of time. When she reluctantly agrees to return to her local teen cancer support group to satisfy her mother, the last thing she expects is an encounter with destiny. New to the group, Augustus Waters is handsome, bitingly sarcastic, and in remission. He is also immediately taken with Hazel, and what begins as a casual friendship soon escalates into a full romance. Through an impressive exchange of books and words, philosophies and metaphors, Hazel and Augustus tear apart what it means to be both star-crossed lovers and imminently mortal.”
Caddy's World by Hilary McKay
“The Cassons are back! McKay’s previous five titles about this quirky British family seemed to have told the whole story, but this title is a prequel that introduces the family at a time when the eldest, Caddy, is 12, and youngest, Rose, is just arriving. As always, the humor is abundantly evident with several laugh-out-loud scenes. However, Caddy’s woes and those of her three best friends are taken seriously. Dieting, moving, changing schools, a new baby, and boyfriends all figure into the girls’ experiences. These are not grown-ups in children’s bodies, but youngsters dealing with their concerns in ways that seem logical to them given their experience in the world. It’s delightful, touching, and absolutely delicious to see these beloved characters at an earlier stage, and fans of the series will be satisfied and pleased with this return. To newcomers, it is a chance to see the family at that critical moment when Rose is born prematurely and how the stress affects each family member differently, foreshadowing the events to come in the earlier books.”
— School Library Journal
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!