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 one of those books that was so well narrated, I have no idea if I would have liked reading it in print as much. Probably I would have -- it's an amazing story. But the combination of Jojo Moyes' storytelling and Susan Lyons' narrating is dynamite.
The other narrators are part of the supporting cast and their contributions were very limited. I could have listened to Anna Bentink forever, but the male narrators were less polished. It didn't matter, though, since Lyons' character does the bulk of the narrative.
I really had no idea what to expect with this book. It runs the gambit of emotions, and gives you an idea what true love really is. I will remember this book as one of the best books I have ever read.
I had already read this amazing book some years ago. When I saw it on Audible, I just could not help but give it a listen. It is even better in audible – the narrator is amazing!
Characters aren't believable. Louisa's character is (supposedly) bright and bubbly at her waitress job. At her interview and in every interaction for the next several chapters she can't stammer out a word to anyone about herself, her thoughts or create a space where anyone feels comfortable around her. She stares at the floor, hides in the hallway, does meaningless chores, and feels like an idiot every time anyone speaks to her - too awkward to think of a single thing to say. Where did the bright bubbly waitress loved by the restaurant owner and customers disappear to...?
Her thoughts and interactions for the first many chapters show she has no convictions (except about her clothes), no ambitions, hasn't given 1 thought to the future, will most likely drift into marriage because she has no direction. She dithers and flusters about whether to order dessert when out with her boyfriend of 10 years but, after less than a handful of sort-of-positive interactions with Will, she's willing to take an emotional, line-in-the-sand, quit-my-job stance complete with hurling sarcasm-riddled dialogue at Will's Mother questioning her decisions because she eavesdrops on a private conversation?
I wanted to like the book because of it's themes but the lack of believable, compelling characters made it impossible.
Coming from someone who would have never picked this book had I not been recommended fervently to do so by my sister, this was one of the best books I've "read" in a while. Completely outside of my normal genre, this touching story hit me in the feels. I laughed out loud, brooded, and cried throughout the book. Wonderful story, wonderful performance. Would absolutely recommend!!
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