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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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    Alison 10-04-13
    Alison 10-04-13
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    "Good Listen!"

    I listened to this because a friend recommended it. I didn't love it as much as she did...but it was well written and the narrators did a great job, and I am glad I took a chance and listened to it even after I found out what it was about. It is a story that definitely makes you think...think about your own life and aspirations and if you are living your best life. Will is a quadrapalegic - and he is very unhappy with his life and doesn't want to live anymore. Enter, Lu to the rescue. She takes a job as his caretaker hired by his mother not for any special skills (she has none) but for her sweet energy and refreshing personality. It is an uncommon love story that is sweet and realistic, however I wish the book explored the love story more and that it went a little bit deeper. ***SPOILER ALERT**** I was torn about the ending - it definitely didn't end like I thought it would. I was torn because I understood Will's reasoning with his final choice, but it also left me feeling sad and mad at the same time. I wanted Lu to be enough for him, but I understood why Will didn't want Lu to "settle" to be with him. He wanted more for her.

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    Elizabeth Molinaro Rogers City, MI 10-03-13
    Elizabeth Molinaro Rogers City, MI 10-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks among the best I've heard in a long time. I did not like the protagonist at first - she seemed an idiot to an American (we tend to like to plan our lives, and are goal-driven); but I could not help but empathize with the young woman. I do not intend to give the plot away, but...it's lovely. And heart-breaking and true. I am not used to sobbing at the end of my audiobooks (makes it hard to drive!), but I did with this one, even after such a luke-warm feeling about the main character at first.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Outstanding. I can still hear the narrator in my head, calling for "Clark."


    If you could take any character from Me Before You out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, I'd take the hot guy in the wheelchair!


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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 10-02-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing - Emotional - Laughter


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the author took you in the mind of the characters.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They didn't bring much, but hearing the British accent helped!


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

    I don't know, I love the title it fits it perfectly if you understand the meaning of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, I hope they will make a movie. I have to buy the book to have it to share with family and friends.

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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The title is fitting"
    Any additional comments?

    Jojo Moyes writes compelling novels. I loved everything about this book except the drawn out 'do they or don't they tell one another they love each other.' I read three Jojo Moyes books back to back (I think) and the same is true of all her novels. Sometimes less is more. Having said that, she's a compelling author and I love her books. All the detail she puts into her stories is great.

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    Bebe Woodland Hills, CA, United States 09-28-13
    Bebe Woodland Hills, CA, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Just a girl....

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    "Memorable"

    Me Before You affected me deeply, much more than I would have expected. I laughed, and I cried, and I learned a lot...and I will think about this book for a very long time.

    Much to my surprise, I stopped everything in my life so that I could listen to the story of Louisa and Will. I loved these characters. They're both so very different from me. But this book isn't really a romance novel. Ultimately, it's a finely crafted political statement that might gently cause you to question your beliefs, as I know it did mine. Beautifully written and produced.

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    Alison Washington, DC, United States 09-28-13
    Alison Washington, DC, United States 09-28-13
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    "Predictable - yet still fun."
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable, Enjoyable, Fun


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one.


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

    Good question, because I found myself obsessing over the title while I read - and I ended up deciding that the title sucked. And yet - what would I call it? Hmmm...

    "Let Me Go" is the best I can come up with - so I can kind of see why they ended up going with Me Before You.


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    Amazon Customer california usa 09-20-13
    Amazon Customer california usa 09-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Love this book at first I was taken back by the english accents but when I was over that its a great book. I laughed ,cried and was so angry at some parts but overall this is a great book.


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    Anne 09-17-13
    Anne 09-17-13
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    "SO good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely - and have. This was so rich and interesting. It made me laugh out loud and cry too. I couldn't wait to see how it was going to wrap up. Now I'm listening again and still loving it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their interactions.


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

    The main narrator was amazingly good. This is a British novel and so is the narrator.


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

    Don't think you can describe in one line!


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. You will never be sorry. I haven't been this moved since The Help. Thanks to the author for giving us this treasure.

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    Federica Milan, Italy 09-13-13
    Federica Milan, Italy 09-13-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Very touching"
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    well-written, intimate, touching


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    I've never read a book like this, it's very unique to me


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    There wasn't a particular favorite, they were all different


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    Definitely Will. It's incredible how at first he was unreachable and how throughout the book he tried his hardest to open up to love despite his difficult circumstances and restrictions


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest you read this book only when you have the right time to devote the attention it deserves, it touches you in a profound way.

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    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 09-12-13
    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    Im so glad I read others' reviews and picked this one up myself. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite (because of?) its grim storyline. No punches are pulled here, and I appreciated that.

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