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 loved the way the story grew and I loved the ending. It's not the ending that I would want, but it's the right ending for these characters.
Enjoyed the accents. Multiple narrators made it easy to listen. Often times, a single narrator, especially a man doing a woman's voice, can detract. These voices were perfect.
Love the title! It works both ways, for both Lou and Will. They each had a profound impact on the other.
Our loves don't always come in convenient, perfect packages.
Realistic, compassionate, well-written
The protagonist, Louisa
Excellent narration by all readers
I kept passing this book by as I thought it a chic-lit type book....it is anything but, and I think one of the best books of the year. Don't miss it if you like heart-wrenchers.
When I first started listening, I thought the plot would be predictable. Naive small town girl meets and falls in love with bitter quadriplegic and they live happily ever after, the end. Adding in the moral dilemma of an indviduals right to choose really made this good book better. I also appreciated the well balanced humor with tenderness. The only criticism is the random chapters narrated by different characters. Not sure what they lent to the storyline.
genuine, compelling, discovery
I knew I would love this book at the end, regardless of the ending, and I was right.
I loved the dancing scene at the wedding; it made me happy for the characters. I also appreciated the dinner scene at home.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book, but I definitely had a hard time getting out of my car (I listened on my daily commute.) I actually found myself following the speed limit so as to make my ride last longer! :)
One thing I didn't like was a shift that one of the characters makes in thinking that I didn't really undestand. All things considered, though, I loved the book, deciding even before I knew the ending that it deserved the highest praise. I love the way it ended, and I especially appreciate the way the theme played out.
I am pretty picky as to what I enjoy reading. This book was a delight. The writing, story-line and narration were all excellent. I could not put it down and was very sad to have it end. It was funny, sad, insightful and thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommend.
I was well into this book before I even realized that it was a study on "right to die" politics. That is how engaging and believable Moyes' characters are, and how intimately she helps you to grapple such an intense subject. This is not merely a book about what inspires us to live our lives fully, it's about two people who help each other live, love and grow. I became very attached to both main characters, and celebrated their relationship - flawed as it was.
The narration was pitch perfect. Specific accents were used to denote class and mood. Even when a new narrator would occasionally enter the story with their own chapter, it served to remind you that there were REAL other people affected by the actions of the two leads.
Take a chance on this one. I was glad I did.. . .
I normally only listen to books once.
I laughed and I cried. What a emotional story this was. I listened to it on my 1-hr each way to work and back to home and couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to it more.
Yes! I already have recommended it.
I loved this story. I cant say more. If you read it, you will understand. I highly recommend. Bravo to both the author and the reader. A+++ to both
The different emotions you experienced throughout the book
The whole story from beginning to end
When the main character was invited to his caregiver's birthday party at her home.
"Me Before You"!!
I enjoyed the intertwining of the two main characters. The high performing, successful, good looking businessman and the kind of quirky, uneducated working girl. It wasn't a match that would normally be made
Louise had a great personality with a lot of heart. She really put it all out there.
A contemporary romantic tragedy
My wife loves romance, pain and suffering and this book has it all. But they manage to carry it off with a heavy dose of humor and fun. I found it amusing all the way through. Definitely a book for chicks but I liked it anyway.
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