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
The author should have gave more of a perspective in Will's world. Will's story was completely ignored and instead of showing his life and his issues, JoJo made it about his family and Louisa. Me Before You was about everyone else putting their feelings and wants before Will's.
I really enjoyed Me Before You and how the various characters evoked emotions and opinions from me. I would have given this book a higher rating if the foul language had not been such an abrasion to me fully enjoying the story.
Hearing a book in the first person point of view narrated in one voice is a bit distracting. Lu lowers her voice and speaks as Will - and it just doesn't pull it off. This was true for all narrators speaking as one character but also having to speak the words of others.
The message about the right to die was presented quite well by the author- offering diverse viewpoints from different characters. It is a timely topic.
Otherwise, this would have been a sufficient romantic beach read. The dialogue could be a bit melodramatic at times.
I'd like to see the film, it would be interesting to see if the story can be better told in that medium.
3 1/2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
I loved the story and the narraters. A very emotional book with a beautiful story. Gave me inspiration and a lot of understanding of peoples feelings when they become disabled. Now I need to live my life to the fullest:-)
For the most part, I really, really enjoyed this book and it kept me wanting to not put it down (or shut it off, as the case may be). Some pieces were a bit predictable, but all-in-all I felt that the story was told in such a beautiful and raw way that I still really enjoyed it. It gives a more humanistic perspective to a very complicated and topical subject.
The story is fantastic and the narrator has a good voice. The only problem was that there would be awkward pauses. The narrator would pause too long after sentence. You would think the chapter is over, but it's not.
I know there was contraversy connected to this book. After reading it you will find that it isn't a support of suicide, but rather a means of explaining one man's choice and why it was right for him. All wrapped up in a love story that will make laugh... Smile... Groan and , of course, cry.
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