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
Unexpected, surprising and awesome
How you end up rooting for someone you don't expect to root for
Made you feel like you were right there with the characters.
It made me laugh, cry, yell out loud and laugh again.
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.
I would recommend this to a friend. In fact, I am going to recommend it to everyone in my book club.
I loved the main narrator. I felt like she embodied the main character.
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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.
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.
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.
I was not totally pleased, though admittedly, I can't really imagine how I would have liked it to end.
You will cry, you will consider really big, difficult questions, and you will cry again.
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.
As one life concludes another life unfolds.
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.
This is one of the best audible books I have listened to. A bittersweet story with perfect narration.
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!
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!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I believe I would have to recommend this book to others as reading it was an experience unparalleled in my lifetime.
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.
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.
A life fully lived.
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.
Believable. Heartfelt. Real. Easy to find some part of yourself in each of these charactors. Beautiful story.
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