It is definitely in the top quarter.
I can't think of anything quite like it. It hits some of the same themes -- illness and death - as other books I've liked, from The Fault in Our Stars to The Magic Mountain.
The principal narrator, who handles Lou's sections, brings her and her milieu to life in a way that I could not have experienced if I read the book. For one thing, the differences in accents said volumes about social standing that cannot be conveyed as well on the page.
Lou. But Will Traynor - and his name is most definitely a meaningful, multilayered pun -- is likewise very hard to forget.
This book taught me a lot about quadriplegia, and it put me inside that experience in a way I found enlightening and saddening. It's also a lovely story of how people who really care about each other can best express their love with relinquishment.
When Louisa takes Will on holiday.
Well I'll tell you what I didn't like and that was the ending. I was so hoping Will would change his mind.
Very well done.
Sad. I even looked up on line. You can actually end your own life in certain cerium-stances.
right up there
the final decisions she had to make
seemed to be more deeply moving toward "their" insight, that reading wouldn't have given me
What decision would you make????
This book is going to be on my recommended list to our book club due to the theme. I think it lends itself to discussion post read with intelligent people.
I love books.
This is a book that was on my TBR list for quite a while. I kept getting strong encouragements to read it, but held back because I knew it would be a book that would get me feeling and sometimes it is hard to go into something knowing it might be a little intense. I am so glad that I finally experienced this book and know these characters.
I don't want to talk much about the plot because I feel like going in with a lot of encouragement, but without much of an idea of what the book was about was really great. Louisa goes into her situation with no idea of what she was getting herself into and it really helped me connect to her since we were experiencing everything together. I became engaged in this story quickly, and one of the things I found completely fascinating was that even during periods where the main character was doing something tedious or experiencing a lot of boredom, all of those feelings were clearly relayed but in a way that never left me feeling disconnected. I like that this book brings up problems that don't have clear solutions and cause the reader (or listener) to examine their own beliefs while learning and understanding the points of view of each character. This book is charming, and witty, and wonderful. I adored the lovable dysfunction of Louisa's family, especially her relationship with her sister who was simultaneously a primary source of her frustration and anger as well as her closest confidant and a strong support. Relationships in real life are challenging, and complex and all of the relationships we experience in this book feel real and easily elicited a strong emotional response from me. I was totally engrossed throughout this entire story and would highly recommend it to everyone I know.
The performance is fantastic and the multiple narrators really bring each character life. Each narrator completely fit with my idea of what that character would sound like, and added to the real feel of the story. I think listening to the audiobook version of this was a wonderful way to experience it.
I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this but I'm so glad I did. The story and the reader very riveting and I couldn't stop listening. I finished about a week ago and keep thinking about the characters. In addition to the great characters, this story is very thought provoking in a very good way. Excellent.
Oh yes!! It brought such an emotional response out in me and made me feel so much! I loved it!! It was hard yet the author did an amazing job of helping you get it.
It didn't have the ending you would expect but I feel like it was the right ending.
No I have not.
Will because the story was based around him but also he opens your eyes. You hate him, and feel sorry for him then hate home a little more all while loving him.
One of the best books I have ever listened to/read. Really makes you think and feel!!
Long Commute Sufferer...Avid Audible Listener
Perhaps I should've waited a day or two to review, perhaps not. This book is an easy read in the sense that you cannot put it down, you simply can't stop reading. This book is, however, heaving on the heart.
I could go into telling you about the characters and each of their unique and endearing traits, but it's best you see for yourselves. It's really that discovery and unlayering of the heart that makes this book special. So, read this book....no, consume and digest it. There will be laughs and there will be tears. There will be anger and there will be joy.
Lovely, lovely book.
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
Every once in a while comes a great crossover book that everyone loves, and Me Before You is one of those books that transcends genre. Me Before You is listed on Goodreads under “Books that had me bawling my eyes out” (it’s number 2) so you obviously have to be in a certain mood to read a book like that, and I’ve owned this audiobook for seven months before playing it.
I’m probably one of the last people to have read Me Before You, but just in case you haven’t here are some reasons to give it a try:
The Characters – Louisa (aka Lou/Clark) and Will are two people who would not have ever met except under these circumstances. Before his accident left him a quadriplegic, Will was a successful businessman, traveled the world, loved extreme sports, and was a lady killer type. Lou lives at home, worked at a café, and has a long-term boyfriend. Lou loses her job and doesn’t know anything about being a home caregiver but gets the job of looking after Will regardless. Will now lives at home with his parents and is a terrible patient, and Lou’s biggest challenge is making Will want to live.
Class distinctions – Will and Lou live in a small town in England with a castle at the center dividing the haves and have-nots. With Lou’s new caregiver job, she’s earning a bigger salary than she ever has and is the primary breadwinner for her family. Will’s life of “privilege” exposed him to literature, music, travel and films that Louisa never had a part of. We see Louisa and Will open each other’s minds to new experiences as they get to trust each other.
Lots to discuss, debate, and ponder – Will wants to die. The indignities of his post-accident life are spelled out quite clearly, and there’s no chance he will recover. His family loves him and will do anything to make him change his mind. Louisa falls for the man he is now. Is it enough to make a difference in his life?
Heartbreak and Humor – Yes, this is a heavy subject matter- no sugar coating it. But, there are humorous moments and Lou brings lightness to Will’s existence. Lou has quite an inventive and colorful wardrobe that brightens up Will’s household. The pair brings out the best in each other and their light moments and banter keep the story from being too heavy. But yes there are still plenty of heart-wrenching moments as well that make this book unputdownable.
Smart, witty and eminently readable – I think this story is relatable to everyone. The writing is engaging and smart, and the story is heart wrenching and realistic. Moyes writes about quality of life, love, family, relationships, infidelity, education, careers, and privilege and just a powerful story overall.
The audiobook – There are six narrators listed as readers for this title, but really Susan Lyons reads about 95% of the book. There are a few chapters where we get the point of view of Lou and Will’s loved ones to provide some additional insight. I liked those small snippets into Will’s mother or Lou’s sister’s mind, and I think it’s appropriate to the story that we don’t get Will’s pov. Susan Lyons does an outstanding job with the narration and kept me riveted to story. Her character voices and pacing are spot-on. This is a good introductory audiobook to try if you aren’t sold on them yet. I was hooked.
Top 10 but not top 5.
Will Trainer, the disabled fellow.
I loved the voices in this one. I'll search for more by this narrator.
Yes. I listened to it everywhere. The shower, walking to work, even in bed with a sleep timer.
I can't offer any suggestions for improvement.
I think you'll like this book if you enjoy rich characterization and people learning about themselves and changing over time.
Oh my gawd... HUGE alligator tears, splotchy face, body shuddering, and gasping bawling breaths.
This book addresses a very deep issue and presents compelling arguments for both possible outcomes. No matter your opinion, you understand Will's perspective and his decision. You also understand the unparalleled heartache this decision creates for Louisa and the Traynor family.
It's a love story - an amazing, deep, transcending all barriers love story.
And. It's beautiful.