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
This is a darling love story with a painful twist. Louisa is an amazingly strong woman. I enjoy books with strong female leads. Louisa's sister is also an incredibly strong woman. Their tight-knit family and the way they take care of each other is a breath of fresh air. What Louisa does for Will, the quadriplegic she has been hired to accompany/assist during the day, is astonishing and so full of compassion and love. Will is from an extremely wealthy family and has lived an extremely privileged life. I still can't decide if I like him. I believe Louisa is too good for Will, but he does help Louisa in many ways. He helps her see her own strengths and guides her towards decisions to break out of the near poverty her family lives in. I will say no more as I don't want to ruin the story for you. But I truly enjoyed this book. It was difficult to put down. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy listening!
I don't know, but the audio version was outstanding.
There are too many.
There are multiple narrators, each one perfectly suited to its character.
No I really liked enjoying it over several days.
Me Before You surprised me by being one of the 4 or 5 best novels I have read in years. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Am interested to see whether the movie is true to the story as presented in the book.
I was frustrated for the majority of this book. Frustrated by the fact that class struggles were only discussed in passing, how I knew exactly what was going to happen in the end, and the number of shitty dudes that surrounded the main character. I found it hard to empathize with Will, who, when he wasn't mansplaining, belittled disabled people and was super ableist. What I really wanted to do was jump into the book and provide Lou with a consistent, reliable, and informed ear that could help her deal with her trauma in a constructive way, because her support system was the freakin pits.
With all that said, I devoured the book quickly, I think partly due to a good cast of voice actors. If one can stomach misogynistic characters (including the women), predictable plotlines, and rather slow moving action, you could probably tolerate the book. I wont be reading or listening to the sequel though, not after that cliche ending.
Although I did enjoy the overall story, my enjoyment was stifled a bit the narration. I would have preferred a single narrator to preserve the flow of the book.
Loved how well this author immerses you in the book's interesting and complicated characters. I saw things from very different perspectives and the story was both beautiful and thought provoking.
This book was so much more than a story about two people falling in love. It's about self- discovery, self-awareness and appreciating every moment of your life. Change happens in the blink of an eye, we accept our fate as something we can not change and must except, but this book reminds us that is simply not true. I fully recommend this book. Y
When I read the publisher's description of Will Trainor as being the "Master of the Universe," I assumed this was another sci-fi work.
Until I saw the preview of the movie, I totally ignored this novel. For once, a movie actually caused me to read the book, instead of the other way around.
I respected the story, while the issues are not ones that I'm certain of my own stance upon. It was thought provoking, tender, compassionate and believable.
I would recommend this book highly. This is the first 5 star review I've ever given, although I've read some spectacular books. They, too, were worthy of a great review, but usually the narration might cause me to rate it less. This narrator was allowed the freedom to use nuance to enhance the story. Just when I needed a pause to absorb something, she paused ever so slightly.
A must read!
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