Me Before You

Me Before You

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By (author) Jojo Moyes

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 369 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 8mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143124544
  • ISBN 13: 9780143124542
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 7,544

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The beloved "New York Times" bestseller--with more than five million copies sold--by the author of "One Plus One "and" 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 barely 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?" The stunning sequel, "After You," will be published on 9/29 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. " "

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Author information

Jojo Moyes is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind," " Honeymoon in Paris," "Me Before You," "The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Ship of Brides, "and" Silver Bay." Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of "The Guardian." They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

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By Ryann Dannelly 03 Jun 2014 5

Wow. Just wow. Even nearly three weeks removed from finishing the book, my mind is still reeling from the story. I couldn't put this book down when reading, flying through the pages, dreading the day when Lou's six month contract ended, knowing that only then would Will make his final decision.

The writing throughout this story is wonderful. For being such a heavy story at it's core, it's also incredibly entertaining and funny, which just shows that even in life's most dire situations, moments of lighthearted happiness can always be found.

Moyes finds an excellent balance between the dark and light in this story. Lou and her family's situation provide the bulk of the humor, but even the conversations between Will and Lou are sprinkled with black humor.

So trust me on this one, if your reservation to this book have to do with the idea that you don't want to read a sad depressing story, then your reasoning is completely and entirely wrong. This book is so much more than that (just as one might say a story about a cancer patient is so much more than the cancer...well the same thing applies for a book about assisted suicide).

The characters of Lou and Will counter each other so well. Both are strong stubborn people who become dependent on each other (one for his most basic human needs and the other for financial reasons). Essentially, they are two sides of the same coin. Neither have true life ambitions anymore, which allows them to play so well off each other. Lou becomes the only person to treats him like a person. She'll call him out when he's being a ******* and not shy away from trying to hurt his feelings because he's a quadriplegic.

Although the book is technically labeled as a romance, I view it as something much more greater than that. In my mind, it's not so much a romance, but more of a story about how sometimes in life, you're dealt a ****** hand of cards and it's up to you to figure out what to make of them and what's worth fighting for.

What made this book so strong is the way it tackles Will's belief that it's his right to die. The reader gets to see different perspectives to understand where each person is coming from. It makes it so that the reader can't just automatically judge the characters by their decisions (or sometimes lack there of).

Even now, I find myself thinking about whose perspective I agree with the most. Is it better to help a person you love end their life if its what they truly want or is it better to force them to live for selfish reasons? ...I just don't know.

This book will make you think about what you might do in this situation. It certainly will make you have second thoughts about judging other's decisions. This book should not only be read by people interested in the whole right to die/assisted suicide discussion. It's a wonderful story that deserves to be read.

By Rachel Thompson 18 Nov 2013 4

This book was quite suprising. I was expecting light romance but this book is a little bit different which was a nice surprise. It is well written and easy to get into. I read it soon after seeing the movie Intouchables and I think this made me like the book even more. Would definitely recommend it.

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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" "Jojo Moyes has written the perfect modern love story. You will be astonished at what you feel, and whati