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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I would say this is worth the read.
I feel like this is a journey that I myself have never traveled and I am wondering if I could.
Like some of the others, I wasn't looking for a love story but this one really pulls you in after a few chapters. It's easy to get invested in these characters. A great listen!
It was an enjoyable book, you hope for a certain ending but there were times when I thought the details were excessive and it could've wrapped up sooner. It was a long audiobook to listen to, and sometimes hard to follow which character was speaking the dialogue (downfall of audio books) regardless of with performer was reading the part. I listened to it in preparation of seeing the movie coming out soon.
I'm going to think about this book for a long time. I predicted many of the major plot points, but that didn't bother me too much. I appreciated most of the characters as well as the dialogue and the love story aspect. Overall, I really liked the book. "Liked" doesn't feel like the most appropriate word though. There are sad parts, but I mostly smiled and laughed while listening to the audiobook.
The reason I'll think about the book for a long time is because it delves into accessibly issues and rights of people with disabilities. It's the type of book I want to discuss with my disability studies classmates from a year ago. I'm not going to go into it much for fear of giving things away, but the book is rich with (very important) material and questions.
A note about the narrator/POV: The book is mainly narrated by Louisa, but there are a few chapters from the perspectives of other characters. It was great, but I'm not sure why Will wasn't one of those characters. We only get his voice through other people. I will say that I love how Moyes involved an online chat room so that Will wasn't the only representation of a person with quadriplegia.
The audiobook narrators were all wonderful. The main narrator gave each character a pretty distinct voice, and the other narrators did the same. I definitely enjoyed the listening experience.
Anyway, it's a thought-provoking, beautiful, and challenging novel, and I do recommend it.
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