Me Before You

Me Before You

Book - 2012
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"They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670026609
0670026603
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 24 cm.

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dariagoulets
Aug 11, 2017

I liked this book but I wasn't quite satisfied with the ending. I know that there is a sequel that I will read, but i don't expect to like because i'm sure it's a completely different story with different character's and i think jojo moyes wanted some kind of closure for this book.
A lot of people found this book heartbreaking but to me it's just depressing.
Honestly , this isn't the best novel I read.

AL_BETHW Jul 11, 2017

I wasn't expecting much from Me Before You, but once I got past a few chapters it completely took me in. The NYT calls it "a love story and a family story, but above all it’s a story of the bravery and sustained effort needed to redirect the path of a life once it’s been pushed off course." Our heroes/heroines are quite ordinary people, and Moyes does a phenomenal job bringing each to life. As the story unfolds we know them intimately; their voices, their movements, their anxieties and doubts, and where their hearts lie. It's a bit risky where Moyes takes this story, but that's what makes it so brilliant and entirely believable. As with many, I wept through the last 30 pages or so. Well done.

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belinda129
Jun 30, 2017

I enjoyed this very much. I felt like I was right in the scene with the characters. I finished this book within four days, making it the second quickest book I have read. I cried terribly at the end. Excited to watch the movie. One of my favorite books now.

sheelagh76 Jun 28, 2017

Incredible book but keep a box of tissues nearby.

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nanicafecanvas
May 19, 2017

I loved this book! Even though it was incredibly sad and I was weeping at the end, I would recommend it. Looking forward to reading the next one.

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PrincessSally17
May 09, 2017

deeply sad this is still being viewed as a romance instead of the horrible thought that disabled ppl are better off dead. frankly this is what this movie, book etc is about and i have to shout out to anyone hurting cause of this. IT GETS BETTER! this is one book, movie, screenplay i will NEVER support.

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Expectopatronum
May 03, 2017

@author,,,,, how could u do this to me

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Runaway97
Mar 29, 2017

The ending was not what I expected at all. Overall, it felt like a good read but it felt like everything was built up more and more and then fell apart at the end.

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ryner
Mar 14, 2017

Desperate for employment to help support her parents, but reluctant to take a job in fast food or stocking shelves, Louisa Clark hesitantly accepts a position as assistant and companion to a quadriplegic man. Will, once a ruthless business mogul but rendered nearly immobile after a vehicular accident, views Louisa as just another in a long line of caregivers to be frightened off. She very nearly is, but ultimately accepts the possibly insurmountable challenge of convincing Will that his life is worth living.

An engaging and fast-paced read -- if I'd had the time I might have consumed it in a single sitting. A couple of scenes seemed unnecessary in hindsight (e.g., the tattoo parlor), but neither did they detract from the enjoyment. Recommended especially as a travel read.

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

Wow. What a beautiful, raw, and just honest-to-the-core story. While this is declared and promoted as a romance novel, which it is in the end, it definitely is over-shadowed by the elephant in the room: (view spoiler).

I really enjoyed the way Louisa was portrayed as a normal, average and nothing over-the-top crazy about her. She's just a gal trying to find a damn job to keep her family's life afloat. Her introvertedness was so true because a lot of her initial thoughts upon entering the Traynor house were so equal to how I'd react as well. I really think that's why I read novels like this so fast- I love the genuine characterization. I definitely will be reading more Jojo Moyes novels in the near future!

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Shutterfly1928
Sep 27, 2016

"A few more minutes Clark, I don't mind not going in yet. I just want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress".

"I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh! but he was loved."

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LauraSteinert
Sep 19, 2016

"I need it to end here. No more chair. No more pneumonia. No more burning limbs. No more pain and tiredness and waking up every morning already wishing it was over.... the thing that would make me happier that anything is if you would come with me."

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LauraSteinert
Sep 19, 2016

Everything takes time, Will, she said, placing her had briefly on his arm. "And that is something that your generation find it a lot harder to adjust to. You have all grown up expecting things to go your way almost instantaneously. You all expect to live the lives you chose."

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geraldine9
Aug 26, 2016

“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 20, 2016

“I can tell you the exact day I stopped being fearless.”

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 20, 2016

“And they will have sex once every six weeks and he will adore his children while doing absolutely nothing to actually help look after them. And she will have perfect hair but get this kind of pinched face through never saying what she actually means, and start an insane Pilates habit or maybe buy a dog or a horse and develop a crush on her riding instructor. And he will take up jogging when he hits forty, and maybe buy a Harley-Davidson, which she will despise, and every day he will go to work and look at all the young men in his office or where they went on a jolly and feel like somehow--and he will never be quite sure how--he got suckered.”

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 20, 2016

“You know my beauty routine. Soap, water, the odd paper bag.”

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aserrano318
Jul 06, 2016

“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
-Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

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nidofito
Nov 02, 2013

"Hey Clark," he said, "Tell me something good."

M_ALCOTT Jul 08, 2013

" He was already retreating, withdrawing to somewhere I couldn't reach him. I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live."

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hazele1
Aug 09, 2016

Girl becomes fruends with rich guy. Girl starts liking rich guy but he is thinking of suicide since he don't like being in a wheelchair. Girl gives everything she got to make him stay alive and plans trips for them. Guy doesn't change his mind and does assisted suicide anyways, with the girl being sad and upset but later on respected his decision.

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readingqueen26
Jul 25, 2016

Louisa Clark is a chatty, happy, carefree, and rather optimistic 26 year old with a good sense of fashion when she receives her job as a caregiver for Will Turner, a quadriplegic. He has been in an accident 2 years ago, which left him paralyzed from about the middle of the chest down to his toes. He can lift his arms only a few inches, limited movement in his hands, and free movement above his shoulders (head, neck). Louisa and Will have a really rocky relationship at the start but they slowly start to bond, unravel, and learn the most of each other. However, when Louisa learns of Will's shocking plan, she sets out on crazy adventures with him to try to change his mind. She thinks that she is trying to save him, but really, Will might be saving her.

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elishalozares
Jul 21, 2016

Me Before You is a story about a woman named Louisa Clark and a man named Will Traynor, who didn't always used to be a quadriplegic. Louisa is desperately in need of a job, is one not to be pinned as the smartest, and secretly holds a passion for fashion design. Will used to be the the kind of guy every girl wanted; handsome, rich, fit, outgoing, adventurous, and successful. Now, he's stuck in a wheelchair, pondering his own death while Louisa landed a position to be his caregiver. Trying to show Will the beauty of life and that it's worth fighting for also became part of her job description.

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mardscott
Jul 08, 2016

Awesome book: better than the movie, of course! The book is a 10 Kleenex story; the movie, 3. This is a story of loving one's life, of making the most of one's life, and of what it means to love, whether that be in a dysfunctional low income family, like Lou's, or a dysfunctional high income family, like Will's. In this novel Lou learns what it means to live and to love and how precious our time on this earth is.

LibrarySquare Jan 26, 2016

Louisa Clark takes a job working for Will who is wheelchair bound from an auto accident. Will is anger, bossy and unhappy about his inability to do any simple activities he once did. Lou is to help him get out and about and live life, but Will has other plans. - LibrarySquare

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georgia12399
Jan 29, 2012

Product Description 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

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