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
Nicely written story about love and expanding horizons and begs a discussion about right to life.
The characters are somewhat stereotyped, but serve their purposes.
Oh my goodness! This book was fantastic! I was completely lost in this story. I sat for an hour in my living room last night just listening to it, not wanting to be distracted.
My mother used to volunteer with quadriplegic Vietnam vets when I was young. She orchestrated a picnic for them once that was remarkable and covered by the newspaper. This book brought to life the real world or quads, their families and caregivers. I'd give this book a six-star. I guess I'll be checking out other books by this author!
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
This book was selected by my book club Mocha Girls Read as our book of the month for August. I have been thinking about picking this one up. Now I finally got a reason. Thank you book club.
Louisa is your average everyday young lady growing up in tiny village with an ordinary or more like a boring life. That is until she loses her coffee shop job and has to find a new job quickly. As one of the few bread winners in her family making an income is extremely important to the well being of the four generations living under one roof. When the job placement agency sends her on a interview for a care taking position, Louisa gets it and that is when everything changes. In comes Will, a rude and hard to get along quadriplegic who was once an well traveled adventurist. Will and Louisa don't get along but that is not saying much for and about Will. He has been in a deep depression living in the annex of his parents home with 24 hour care since he has tried to commit suicide. I know this sounds really heavy and deep and it is. Not the hot summer beach read but it was a great read. The story has moments of light and laughter here and there. Louisa's boyfriend is too funny but shhh! don't tell him, he thinks he is serious. And Louisa completely reminds me of Bridget Jones but a younger version.
There are so many controversial and conversation tidbits in this books. The issue of a young woman living in a small town and not having any experiences outside her small world, the issue of quality of life, and the big one is the issue of assisted suicides. That is THE heavy and controversial topic the book slaps you with.
From what I have heard a few people cried when they read this book. Is there something wrong with me? I didn't cry. I didn't get choked up. I felt sad and let down but not to the point of crying. Sorry. I am a softy but this didn't do it for me.
The narrators did a good job. I appreciated having a variety of voices for the different sections in the book. Overall, I really like the story. Will and Louisa are really well written and thought out characters. The ending I am not going to tell you about but I was hoping for a completely different ending. I am happy there were some loose ends tighten up here and there because that would have just been plain rude if it wasn't. If you finish the book you'll know what I mean. I think the author did a great job with this topic and made it interesting from a new point of view.
I purchased this audio book as more of "junk food for the mind" summer listening. I became thoroughly engrossed in the story and hung on the edge of my earbuds to the very end. The narrator deftly renders the male and female characters through a landscape of lost hope and regained dreams in this most unusual love story.
I have a few bad habits as an audible listener. First, I tend to only review great reads (can't seem to be bothered with the so so). I often bookmark where I am and then spot listen here an there so I'm never surprised. And I almost never read anything super tragic.
Sooooo, not only did I jump completely out of my box on this one, even when I knew what was going to happen, I continued to listen. I think that's a testament to both Jojo Moyes and the narrators (all who are superb). As tragic, poignant and sad as this is, it's also not. It's entertaining, thought provoking and beautiful too. It also helped that I listened to One Plus One before this and loved it. So even though Moyes deals with challenging themes, the characters are so engaging that you care for them. And in this case (SPOILER), even though there's not a happily ever after, you can be comfortable with the final resolution.
I do not give a synopsis of the book, just my opinion on the listen. I am not a book critic, just one who loves to read!
This is a unique perspective on love. This love story is truly a LOVE story. It is so well written and performed!
Without giving a spoiler the complicated relationships between the characters in the book. Also Lou's self discovery and Will's role in her life.
One of the best performances. Using several narrators was a great idea for this book.
The Perspective of Love
I was a skeptic when I purchased this book. It is definitely worth a credit or a purchase. It is entertaining, emotional and quite a personal journey while listening.
Moving. gripping. Engaging
I cared about the characters deeply. I laughed and cried with this story. There were occasional lapses but it wove an interesting tale within the greater plot line stimulating more philosophical ponderings about the value of life, the power and limitations of love and physicality and values
Yes and I had trouble pausing it to go to work!
I love the evolution of Louisa's character. It was truly enjoyable to witness. I believe Will made a much more significant impact on her life than she did on his. He made her believe in herself and realize her worth. He showed her what she was capable of, and that she was not confined to the tiny box she placed herself in.
I have not read a book that has come close to the affect it had on me
They add color to the words
Will, he was my favorite character, he was strong and didn't let others make decisions for him.
I highly recommend this book and I can't wait until the movie comes out. I will be ready with a box of tissues.
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