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
I bought this book because I am a nurse and have dealt with many of the subjects in the story. But it turned out to be so much more than that. It explores the devastation of loss of Independence, the ignorance of other about the effects this has on the person who in now a quadriplegic and the right to choose to die with dignity.
This author was able to help you "see" the people and care about them and share in the struggle of acceptance, selflessness and love. The caregiver Lu is funny and quirky and made me laugh out loud at times. I cried at times as well. I could actually feel the fear and grief and struggle for understanding and acceptance of different perspectives on difficult subject.
I don't always like books with multiple narrators but with this book they flow flawlessly from one to the other and identify the characters in thoughts and feelings.
Before I got half way through this book I pre ordered the second one. I highly recommend this book.
Say something about yourself!
I originally hesitated to read this book thinking I could predict is plot line. It was not what I expected. The ending was tasteful and I feel the author didn't take advantage and purposefully leave the readers in an emotional state. I wanted to know more of these characters (not because character development was lacking, but because I got caught up in their lives).
This book doesn't get political on the topic but subtlety approaches the decision aspect of it.
The storyline was great. It was hard to stop listening to, but you know, I would have to do that from time to time to take care of my family, eat, and sleep. :)
I adored Will. He had such an interesting perspective on life. He was wise beyond his years and I loved the relationship between him and Louisa.
Great narration, great story. If you're hesitating, don't! Listen now, you won't regret it!
Great narration and believable characters
Will Traynor. Going from having it all, to being attached to a wheelchair and making this powerful decision about his existence.
What to do with the rest of your life.
The characters were given the opportunity and time to grow, develop, and unfold. I felt myself doing the same during the process of listening to this book. But I must admit that I listened to it very quickly, with every moment that I had because I simply couldn't get enough and had to hear what was coming next. I cried real tears and actually had to step away at points, I would say a sign of a very good book. I've already shared it with some of my closest friends. Definitely worth purchasing.
It kept me entertained and the characters were believable. I wanted to know how it ended up.
It was an enjoyable listen and I would recommend it as a good quality romance novel with great narrators. It wont change my life and it wouldnt warrant a second listen but it was worth my time. Having said that, it didn't need to be quite as long as it was...
I knew what kind of a story I was getting into. The plot summary outlines the main events. But I would have to say that this one snuck up on me. At first the characters seemed rather cliche to me and I went along with it sort of mockingly but I soon found that my emotions had been snared profoundly. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a solid love story.
I can't decide if JJM has truly felt such sadness followed by such credible redemption or she just imagined this is how it would feel. Whichever, it's masterfully told and read. Not one ounce of derisive irony. So refreshing. Thank you JJM for a great book. How did keep it from falling off the edge into a big boring heap of sentimental slush is a fantastic accomplishment.🎯
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