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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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    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-23-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-23-13 Member Since 2009

    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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    Diane Seattle, WA, United States 03-29-13
    Diane Seattle, WA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2004
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    ""Death is the mother of beauty""

    Powerful, thought provoking, and beautifully performed. You would have to be made of stone not to be moved by this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 03-28-13
    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Contraversal Topic - Ambiguous Feeling With Ending"
    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes, but not too soon. Took me through a lot of emotions. I wanted a different outcome, yet I gained sympathy for Will's feelings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lou because she evolved through the story.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    I could tell who was speaking by her voice changes.


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

    Yes, I stayed home most of the weekend to finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the writer based the book on a similar experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 03-17-13
    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2009

    Atticus

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    "I didn't want it to end...."

    I simply loved this book. The author does such a good job of helping the reader to understand every aspect of the situation and the love and desperation that the situation brings with it. I loved Louisa and I loved Will and Nathan. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am already missing all of the characters and imagining where they go next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Atlanta, GA, USA 02-11-13
    Jennifer Atlanta, GA, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Such an engaging and moving book"
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    When I first downloaded this book I dismissed it as chick lit, not exactly heavy lifting, and thought it would be something mindless to listen to during my commute.

    Once I got further into it, I realized the book had a lot of depth, and I could not put it down. I brought my iPod in from my car so I could listen to it at home 3 nights. I finished it a week ago, and still can't stop thinking about it. This was a really engrossing book. I can't remember the last time I've been so personally invested in fictional characters, or that I've cried so hard over a book. I just wish I hadn't finished it so I could still be listening to it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 03-25-13
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Harlequinesque"

    As a clinician I found this novel trite, overly Romantic, inadiquetly researched and Harlequinesque.

    The medical aspects; of both the condition and the care, were poorly researched and grossly inaccurate, the primary caregiver; who was never identified as the professional he clearly was; no doubt a “Trained Nurse”, failed to warn our protagonist against the pitfalls of romantic involvements which; for all the wrong reasons, sometimes develop between patient and caregiver; and which almost always end in disaster; which is why medical professionals avoid them like the plague.

    But more disturbing than the romantic silliness, was the selfish, overzealous, anti “self-deliverance”, position taken by both the caregivers and the parents. That position was so out of line with current position on self-deliverance and the concept of the “Advanced Directive” as to make this story completely implausible.

    I found it very difficult to handle the intensely, selfish, attitudes toward the right of a patient to make an end of life decision without being burdened by the judgment of all those around him!

    I did stick with this story to the end. The transparent episode with the visitor from London was exactly what I expected it to be, and the end was exactly what I expected it to be.

    This story was very formulaic and delivered no surprises.

    My only objection to the reading, which was quite good in general, was the introduction of the primary caregiver, who's voice boomed onto the scene as if out of nowhere; abrupt, too loud, and generally out of sync with the gentle flow of the narrative.

    My guess is that, if you’re a woman, and a romantic, with no medically training, and you are oblivious to the current trends on end of life issues, you will probably love this book .

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kate Bellevue, WA, United States 04-08-13
    kate Bellevue, WA, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Wretched exploitation fiction."
    Any additional comments?

    Jojo Moyes is a gifted writer; she has a good sense of story, writes fine dialogue, and knows how to use detail.

    But she doesn't have any business distorting a world that millions of brave people live in every day for the sake of an imaginary and silly "hero." Knowing just barely enough to write coherently about spinal cord injury shouldn't be license to exploit other people, and that's what she's done. For some of us, this isn't fiction. It's not dramatic potential, it's life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-07-14
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Just loved it"

    This was my first Jojo Moyes book, and now I know why she is a best selling author. Interesting book, great characters and story, and the ending was (in my opinion) as it should be. I am usually not a fan of multiple narrators, but this also worked well. HIghly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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