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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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    Linda 01-15-14
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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected, surprising and awesome


    What did you like best about this story?

    How you end up rooting for someone you don't expect to root for


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Made you feel like you were right there with the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, cry, yell out loud and laugh again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so good that I would sit in my car in the parking garage because I didn't want to stop listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Uncle Gyrus Los Angeles, CA 01-13-14
    Uncle Gyrus Los Angeles, CA 01-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I LOVED this book--Highly recommend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend. In fact, I am going to recommend it to everyone in my book club.


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

    I loved the main narrator. I felt like she embodied the main character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 01-11-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 01-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not your normal romance"

    Life changing novel. Thoughtful, introspective approach to considering the different life views around a quadriplegic person.
    The person themselves, the caregivers and the family with the fears, challenges and joys to be found with each as well as together.

    Definitely a must read book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 01-06-14
    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 01-06-14
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    "lead character just short on believability"

    Caretaker for a paraplegic gets wrapped up in her work. I liked the idea that someone with no skills finds something of meaning to do for a living, but that's a minor piece of the story. Her opinions of how he should live his life were shallow, or she was just too slow to catch on. Main character was bold in area's that didn't make sense (bringing him home to meet her family and boyfriend, fawning over his birthday present in front of her boyfriend). Then she was timid in places that could have been more effective and believable otherwise (I will not be a spoiler and point out where). It was a good enough story listening at 1.5 speed with the audible app and some parts were cute. I did not cry from it, maybe a chuckle or two.

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    Julie United States 12-30-13
    Julie United States 12-30-13
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    "A tear-jerker with lovely characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It would definitely depend on the friend. The topic is depressing, but the author does a nice job crafting some really unique, believable characters. She also confronts head-on that there just is no silver lining to some situations, which some people might struggle with.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was not totally pleased, though admittedly, I can't really imagine how I would have liked it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    You will cry, you will consider really big, difficult questions, and you will cry again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmila 09-01-13
    Carmila 09-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Music and book connosieur

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    Loved this book. This is one of those rare books that really just pulls you in. Very thought provoking and lovely. Don't miss.

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    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 08-19-13
    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Before You to be better than the print version?

    This is a book that was so beautifully narrated that I am sure the print version could never be as good as the audible version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    As one life concludes another life unfolds.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There were several narrators but the narrator for the main character, Louisa Clark, was just perfect. Wonderful diction, cadence and speed. One of my favorite performances.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best audible books I have listened to. A bittersweet story with perfect narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 08-16-13
    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 08-16-13 Member Since 2013

    I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!

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    "ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITES"

    I read this book last year and loved it so much that I bought the Audible version so I could revisit the lives of Will Traynor and Louisa Clark. Despite knowing the book and being familiar with the story, I got caught up in it all over again and was overcome with emotion at their unconventional love story.

    This book works on many levels. It's not only a love story and a coming-of-age tale but a deeper examination of the value of life.

    I recommend this book -- in any version -- to any and all!

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-23-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Heartbreakingly beautiful book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I believe I would have to recommend this book to others as reading it was an experience unparalleled in my lifetime.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lu was my favourite character. This is such a complex book but Lu's transformation throughout this book was inspiring. She began as a naive, inexperienced and narrow young girl who was somewhat two-dimensional. Her journey with Will helped her grow into a fully dimensional human being.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I believe that the final scene where Lu was sitting in Paris enjoying a Croissant and reading a letter (no ruining the story here) was my favourite.


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

    A life fully lived.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read a book quite like this. The name of the book certainly did not give any clue as to the depth and beauty of the contents.
    Lu starts out as a young girl who has lost her job working at a small cafe in a town in the English countryside. She takes on a job as caregiver/companion for a gentleman who has been involved in a motorcycle accident and has, as a result, sustained a spinal cord injury rendering him a quadriplegic... unable to move any of his limbs save slight movement of some fingers. The story is not sugar coated and the characters are very real- beautifully developed and ones I will not forget. This is the type of book that stays with you long after you have finished the last chapter. Don't be fooled by the "daytime soap" title... this is a wonderful and deeply rewarding read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    keasha 04-06-13
    keasha 04-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    Believable. Heartfelt. Real. Easy to find some part of yourself in each of these charactors. Beautiful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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