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Me Before You: A Novel | [Jojo Moyes]

Me Before You: A Novel

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an 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?

©2012 Jojo Moyes (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    SJ tybee island, GA, United States 07-06-14
    SJ tybee island, GA, United States 07-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good characters; although some of the outcome is predictable, it was definitely worth listening to it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good character development


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good performances by all


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    Christine 07-01-14
    Christine 07-01-14
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    "Gets you thinking!"
    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    I enjoyed the story and could truly understand the differing points of views of the characters. The book was written with great detail... Al though a couple of times I felt it dragged a bit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa was my favorite character because I enjoyed her wit and also enjoyed seeing her develop and enjoy new experiences.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last night in Mauritius with Will and Clark.... Before Will said "no"...,also the last scene in Paris.


    If you could take any character from Me Before You out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Will.... If he was willing to talk I would love to hear of his adventures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Géna Noordbrug, South Africa 06-30-14
    Géna Noordbrug, South Africa 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredibly sad but SO good!!!"
    What did you love best about Me Before You?

    The emotions that they've felt, just felt so real to me too! I finished it about six hours ago but couldn't think of anything else yet. The story is told SO convincingly that it really feels like I've actually experience their trials and tribulations in my own life! I had to stop the audiobook several times at the end while grocery shopping to compose myself again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    The wedding reception where it seems that Louisa is starting to reach Will.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very good - all of them!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last few chapters. Don't want to spoil it but I've really hoped and believed together with Louisa (as if I've been in her shoes myself.)


    Any additional comments?

    (I wouldn't recommend listening to this when you are in an emotional vulnerable state in your own life. Major Tearjerker!) I usually try to avoid tragic stories but this one has been worth the tears! The storyline is in my view very realistic and plausible. It has broadened my views on paraplegics and the difficulties that they face daily. It also deals with another difficult and unthinkable theme namely, euthanasia. Overall, I highly recommend this book!

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    Nicole 06-30-14
    Nicole 06-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a typical love story, all the better for it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has all of the sad, sweet, joyful, miserable, and lovely elements that I appreciate in a Romance.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    I am not sure I could compare it to anything else. A certain documentary, 'How To Die in Oregon' comes to mind.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but will look for more in the future. The narrator had a very soothing voice which was appropriate for the content.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The vacation that Louisa and Will took together was the most touching and also most difficult part for me. The night that Louisa and Will shared a bed left me in shambles.


    Any additional comments?

    Within 10 minutes, I was completely engrossed in this story. Jojo Moyes provided me a window into a very unusual, and unfamiliar love story. Raw emotion and pain was laced beautifully into every second. Although not even close to the traditional ‘happy’ elements of a romance, the relationship between Will and Louisa left me weepy. The cover and even description do not do this book justice. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

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    Leslie 06-19-14
    Leslie 06-19-14
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    "Loved this book!"
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    The plot thickens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    When the reader (listener) finally understands what Will's plan really is.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Louisa.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very sad and emotional but there was a true tenderness to it as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent book that was written well with multi-faceted characters who were real to the listener. I found that I cared about the characters and wanted to know more about them. The story line was very different than expected, and it held my interest throughout. I really loved this book!

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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 06-16-14
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A little predictable"
    What did you like best about Me Before You? What did you like least?

    The narrators were great. I enjoyed listening to them throughout.


    Would you recommend Me Before You to your friends? Why or why not?

    Personally, I felt like this was a bit melodramatic. If you enjoy over the top love stories, then you would probably enjoy this one. Not really my cup of tea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scenes were my favorite. The protagonist grows a lot by then and it was nice to see her gain confidence and maturity.


    Could you see Me Before You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this being made into a movie, especially if the notebook since the notebook was made into a movie. If Kate Winslow were 15 years younger, I would cast her as the lead.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not that hated the book, it was just sappier and more dramatic than I thought it would be.

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    Saundra S Butler 06-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Difficult subject but worthwhile read"
    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    This book was very well written, and from two different perspectives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    Such an incredible change with Will & Lu's view of each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beetlemom 06-15-14
    beetlemom 06-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a love story ..Suicide. heartbroken...."
    What disappointed you about Me Before You?

    Strong subject matter.. Controvertal...Listener's should be warned on the subject matter prior to listen... Giving them the right not to proceed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jojo Moyes again?

    i don'tknow if i would ever listen to another book by this author. I would probably research the content prior to diving in.


    How could the performance have been better?

    i believe in happy endings..the subject matter is controversial...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The charactors were believable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14
    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing- but yes still good"
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks probably it my top 20 overall favorite books.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    I don't know what to compare this book to, I have not read anything like this book before.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings a personality and probably more emotion than if I had just read this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and No, it was so sad at time that I needed a break from it.


    Any additional comments?

    Is it worth a credit? Yes and No--- I hated and loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne Elkins Park, PA, United States 05-31-14
    Susanne Elkins Park, PA, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2014

    Nurse. Yarn snob. Bookworm. Cat lover. Color enthusiast. Fabric collector. Gardener

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    "Not Mere ChickLit"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

    I quite enjoyed the different narrators and how the pace of the story changed with each character.


    Any additional comments?

    I was originally surprised by myself for choosing this book as I thought it would be mere ChickLit - something I tend to avoid at all costs. The story was beautifully crafted and I found myself relating to Louisa more and more as the narrative progressed. The characters seemed so tangible and solid - no the one dimensional ones in most other books of this nature. I was truly moved by the story and was sad to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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