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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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    Amy New York, NY, United States 11-13-13
    Amy New York, NY, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this story!!"
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    can't stop reading/listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa - loved the first person perspective of the story. I really felt I got to know her and her feelings with her family, her boyfriend and most importantly, Will. I really miss her, which sounds weird I know. I kind of hope Jojo will write a sequel of what she does with the rest of her life.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Her narration was spot on! I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.


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

    I kind of liked spacing it out and looking forward to my next sitting. I ended up also buying the book because I knew I'd want to go back and read some of it to supplement the listening. I want to have the book forever.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been a very long time since I read such a great story. I'm sad it's over.

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    Dawn Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-07-13
    Dawn Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2010

    cosmocitygirl

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    "Two Stories In One, But Ony One Of Them Was Good"
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    The story that the book begins with (set in the 1940's when the German's occupied France) is amazing. The second part of the story (set in present day) is totally stupid and disjointed. There was no good reason for her to break this up as she did. This book would have been a best seller had she just stuck with the first story. I give about 1/2 to 3/4's of the book 5 stars (thankfully they refer back to the first story later on in the book) and the other 1/4 -1/2 of the book a big fat 2 stars.

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    ciparliamo Long Island 11-06-13
    ciparliamo Long Island 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievable"

    Very simply...the best book and writing Ive experienced in a long time. The readers were terrific....dont know what else to say except it was wonderful....I cried through out the book....please read.... You wont regret it...

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    Michelle Weaver GARDNER, KS, US 11-02-13
    Michelle Weaver GARDNER, KS, US 11-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't judge this book by the title"
    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes - I plan on listening to it over and over. This is such a great story - love the characters - the voices - the message.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa Clark. I love her - she's so normal with all her abnormal subtle qualities.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The new voices don't come till the end of the book - at first they were unsettling, but as the story progressed you understood and the drastic change in voices accomplished its' purpose.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "A Love Story, Unlike Any Other"


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to the author. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 10-28-13
    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2002
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    "a different kind of love story"

    Audio book downloaded from audible.com, ready by Susan Lyons. More of a romance than I normally read, but a very good one.

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    sally stanton manhattan beach, ca United States 10-25-13
    sally stanton manhattan beach, ca United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Sad but enjoyable"
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    I must say I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and cry. A very thought provoking plot. Made me think about how I would react in similar circumstances.
    I felt all the characters were developed beautifully and added to the depth of the story.
    I thought the narration was right on as I used the Whispersync option for this book and it was a breeze going from reading to listening.

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    Jennifer Odenton, MD, United States 10-25-13
    Jennifer Odenton, MD, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Beautiful story! A must listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a beautiful story. I did not want the book to end. It brought about a lot of questions on social mores of today.


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

    Will and Lou at the concert:)


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The entire cast of readers really brought this story to life.


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

    If I could have, I would have!


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    Allene Portsmouth, VA, United States 10-24-13
    Allene Portsmouth, VA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013

    Love listening on my iPhone during my daily walk. Makes the time and miles go by in no time.

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    "Best book I have read in years"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Before You to be better than the print version?

    It is hard to answer. I may also buy the print version because the story was so poignant and intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing love story between two very different people that in a different situation would never have happened.


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

    No


    If you could rename Me Before You, what would you call it?

    I think it was aptly named, Maybe "Savor the Day".


    Any additional comments?

    This story of a worldly and wealthy young man cut down in his most productive years and a young girl who has no real expectations of a fulfilling life is told so vividly, that it seems to grab your attention immediately and leaves you with unspoken emotion. I loved it even though it left me sad at the end; although, I knew it would end that way.

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    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 10-24-13
    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "worth the listen"
    What did you love best about Me Before You?

    The relationship built between the main character's was very enduring. I loved seeing each learn to enjoy life in one and others eyes.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They were great, they definitely kept my attention. I laughed I cried I enjoyed a good read


    If you could rename Me Before You, what would you call it?

    Love between Friends


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the money, I enjoined this more than I can express. This book really gives
    You somethingn to think about.

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    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-23-13
    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2010

    Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!

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    "HONEST, HEARTWRENCHING AND RAW....."

    THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU CRY! But not in a bad way. The story of Lou and Will is one of SELF; self discovery, self destruction, selfishness and selflessness. Lou and Will are two people who could not need each others strengths more. She is consistently put down by her family and lives in the shadow of her younger sister. He is a man who lived life large and now is confined to a wheelchair and requires constant care. She is the woman who sees Will as a man while he sees her as a woman who needs only to be confidence. Together they go on a journey of self discovery through their working relationship that is honest, raw, sweet and sometimes frustrating. The dialogue is funny and touching written with real honesty. Moyes handles the paraplegic topic with care and consideration, doing a wonderful job of helping the reader understand. The narration is wonderful. The book will consistently surprise you with what happens next. I suspect this book is bound to be a classic and reminds me a little of Jodi Picoult's writing. In all honesty, the ending did tear me up a bit but I promise this will not be a story easily forgotten. Thank you Jojo Moyes!

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