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Me Before You: A Novel [Hardcover]

Jojo Moyes
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Jan. 1 2013
A New York Times bestseller—with more than one million copies sold—by the author of The Girl You Left Behind

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 their 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?

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Praise for ME BEFORE YOU:

“When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . Moyes’s story provokes tears that are redemptive, the opposite of gratuitous. Some situations, she forces the reader to recognize, really are worth crying over. . . . with Lou and Will she has created an affair to remember.”
New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger

“An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“After finishing Jojo Moyes' ME BEORE YOU, you grasp why the novel, a word-of-mouth sensation from Britain, has been sold to 28 countries. . . . by turns funny and moving but never predictable.”
USA Today (****)

“Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love”
People Magazine

“READ IT AND WEEP: Heartbreak collides with humor in Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, about the romance between a quadriplegic and his hired caregiver.”
Good Housekeeping

“Masterful . . . a heartbreaker in the best sense . . . ME BEFORE YOU is achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy.”
New York Daily News

“There are books that you cannot put down. There are also books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience because you don't want the story to end, and that's what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes' latest book, Me Before You. . . . Moyes writes well-developed characters, and it's impossible not to care about them. You'll find yourself laughing, smiling, feeling angry and, yes, crying. My only suggestion: Me Before You should be sold with a pack of tissues.”
The Associated Press

"A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book."
Anne Lamott, People Magazine

"Jojo Moyes has written the perfect modern love story.  You will be astonished at what you feel, and what you hope for when you are forced to face the possibility of your own dreams. It's that good. Read it now."
Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife

“ME BEFORE YOU is a delicious surprise—funny and hopeful and heartbreaking, the kind of story that will keep you turning pages into the night. Lou Clark and Will Traynor will capture your heart and linger there long after their story has ended."
Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

“Some books make you stop and think, compel you to examine your own take on life or your position or stand on an issue.  Jojo Moyes’ ME BEFORE YOU will surprise you—it is impossible not to put yourself in the characters’ shoes and you will find yourself thinking about the choices you might make if life changed in an instant.  I loved it.”
Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Those We Love Most

"A lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Moyes’ twisting, turning, heartbreaking novel raises provocative moral questions while developing a truly unique relationship between two people brought together by chance. With shades of David Nicholls’ beloved One Day, Me Before You is the kind of book you simply can’t put down—even when you realize you don’t want to see it end. . . . A big-hearted, beautifully written story that teaches us it is never too late to truly start living.”
BookPage

"Moyes’ latest is made heartwarming, thanks to the vibrancy of its main characters, both of whom will keep readers on their toes with their chemistry and witty repartee. . . .humorous and romantic through and through."
Romantic Times

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover. Her follow-up, Me Before You, was a major bestseller in the UK. She is a writer for The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail, and she currently lives with her family in Essex, England.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in a long time March 1 2013
By The Baking Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ([...]).

My Thoughts: I can describe this book in two words: awesome and unputdownable. This is definitely one of those books that will stay with me for a very, very long time. First of all, I was surprised at how much emotion this book pulled out of me. Yes, even I (the woman who rarely cries) teared up and got more than a little verklempt. This book shocked me, touched me, taught me, and had me sympathize with what quadriplegics deal with on a daily basis.

Admittedly, I do not have a lot of experience with quadriplegia so I'm thankful to this book for educating me. Ms Moyes takes the reader inside the daily life of a 'quad' (a term used in the book) -- especially out in the public eye. We're shown, through Will's eyes, how a quadriplegic person feels when people stare or make assumptions and treat 'quads' as 'less than'. They see the wheelchair and the physical disability instead of the person. She also shows the dehumanizing effects on a quadriplegic when others take it upon themselves to decide even the simplest decisions for them.

The storyline is wonderful but it's the characters who truly bring this book to life. They are written so honestly and authentically that I found myself wondering about them when I had to put the book down -- which admittedly was as little as possible. These are no cookie cutter/one dimensional characters. You really and truly get to know Lou and Will.

Lou begins as a naive and rather dull young woman who has no goals in life. She has settled for what life's dealt her and doesn't desire to better her situation. She's not a pathetic doormat but a character who came off as just not knowing that she could have better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!! March 14 2013
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
STORY DESCRIPTION:

Pamela Dorman Books|January 1, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-670-02660-9

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 their 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?

My Review:

Louisa Clark loses her waitress job and her family is desperate for money. Her father was also laid off from his job and her sister, Treena has returned to university so she isn't contributing any income to the family at all. Plus her Mom is at home taking care of her grandfather.

Lou visits the local job seeking agency and takes on a couple of low paying mundane jobs that only last a few days at a time. Just as she has exhausted the list the agency has for her, a new job comes through that pays more than the minimum wage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally predictable Feb. 22 2014
By Picky
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Several people enjoyed and recommended this book, so I was expecting a good read. However I found it to be contrived, corny and predictable. The dialogue was stilted. Actual people do not speak that way. It felt as though it was computer-generated. Come on Jojo. Your formula is clearly working, but bring it up a notch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Brilliant! Feb. 14 2014
By Jenny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An emotional roller coaster to read, a story to ponder upon days after the last word has been read and a great conversation and debate for your next book club. Our book club is a diverse group of women that have a range of political and religious beliefs, educational backgrounds, and socioeconomic standings. We all agreed it was a worthy read and sparked a rounded 3 hour debate about men and women, social structure, relationships, human rights, religion and choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love loved this book! Aug. 2 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love Love loved this book! It has been a while since there was a book that I couldn't put down! Bring a box of tissues for the last few chapters!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN "AWFUL" 5 STAR READ -I WON'T SOON FORGET July 23 2013
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Oh my gawd, What an awful, awful book **I say with tears streaming down my face, a knot in my chest, eyes bloodshot from lack of sleep and the tiniest of smiles on my face**

Wow, okay it's been a few days now since I finished this "awful" book and while I have somewhat recovered from the gut wrenching experience of ME BEFORE YOU, I still haven`t been able to get the story out of my mind.

This was an utterly absorbing read that challenged me to examine my own life and choices. It is thought-provoking and entertaining, heartbreaking and poignant and impossible to put down. Filled with vibrant characters it captures the complexities of love but at its heart it's a story about life. About living and living well, taking life by the horns and using the hell out of it. As Will says, "Just live".

I should start by saying that I knew next to nothing about the story going in (which I recommend) and also that within the first few chapters thought I had the whole thing figured out (which I didn't) I just assumed it was going to be your basic chick-lit; you know, a bumbling, relatable heroine, a cast of somewhat eccentric secondary characters including meddling siblings and drunken BFF's tied together with a love story. I thought it would be a cute, clever read. Ultimately yes, it was all these things but.... It was also about halfway in that I became aware that I was no longer reading the book I thought I was. That I was dealing with a very controversial and sensitive subject, that I was being tested, challenged and changed and that the ending (oh my god she's not going to go there is she?) was going to hurt like hell.

Will Traynor is a handsome, high-powered takeover specialist in London who sleeps with beautiful women and travels the world.
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