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ISBN13: 9780143124542
ISBN10: 0143124544
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A New York Times bestseller — with more than one 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 hes 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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"A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel....I will stake my reputation on this book." Anne Lamott, People Magazine

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“When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it...an affair to remember.” New York Times Book Review

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

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“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....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

Review:

“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

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover. Her follow-up, Me Before You, is a major bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K. 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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Melinda Ott, January 16, 2015 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Warning: We are about to entire "unpopular opinion territory."

Nearly everyone I know--either in real life or in the book blogosphere--loved this book. I....did not hate it. Really, I liked it...I just didn't love it enough to jump on the bandwagon.

This is, in many respects, an interesting book. Moyes has taken a hot-button social topic and has centered a love story around it. I try to stay away from spoilers, but I can't really review this book without talking about that topic....



(I'm not really sure this is a spoiler as it is strongly hinted at in the summary, but I'm giving you space to back out now....)



Death with Dignity or Physician-Assisted Suicide is not a comfortable topic but Moyes tackles it head on. While I believe she did the best she could within the confines of the genre of this book, I really felt that she needed to go deeper . It is not that I'm personally offended by the topic--although I can see how some readers might be--but I do think that it is a serious enough topic that it needs it due. Moyes scratches the surface of things--Will's mother doesn't want him to do it, but she loves him; Lou doesn't want him to do it and thinks life can be better than he thinks; a random dude in a chat room totally gets why Will wants to do it. But, other than Will stating, when his mind is made up, why he wants to do it, we really don't get any of his struggle in the decision. I really felt that this aspect of the story needed, well, more.

I also felt that Lou was not a fully developed character. The Lou at the end of the novel was not much different from the Lou at the beginning of the novel and what few changes did happen were made to or for her and not by her. I really felt that there should have been more growth in her character after everything that happened in this book.

I also had some problems with the structure of this book. There are a few chapters that are told through the eyes of some secondary characters (Will's medical caregiver, his mother, his father, and Lou's sisters). I thought this was a nice touch, but I found it odd that these didn't appear until about two-thirds of the way through the book. At that point, it became jarring to suddenly switch viewpoints. If Moyes had scattered these more evenly through the book, I think they would have been more effective.

Also, I will admit that I cried at the end of the book--which isn't really that notable since I cry at pretty much everything. However, the ending was not the emotional climax for me. Instead, that came a few chapters earlier in a section from Lou's sister's point of view. That chapter was incredibly well written and may have had the truest emotion in the book--which is both great and not so great. You see, the ending of the book should have surpassed that and it just didn't, which left me feeling a little disappointed, which is what I carry from the book,

It wasn't horrible--I like Moyes writing and am looking forward to reading more by her. I applaud her for taking on such a subject, even if I felt she wasn't completely successful in doing so. And she made me cry which, while not a difficult feat, is still something I appreciate in a book.
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techeditor, August 16, 2014 (view all comments by techeditor)
I finally read ME BEFORE YOU. I hate romance books and heard this is. But it got so many great reviews last year, I thought this one must be special. It is.

This review isn't to give a synopsis; this is not to tell the story but to describe my reaction to it without revealing it. Read this book.

As a handicapped person, I can tell you that Jojo Moyes does successfully relate the frustrations felt by a man trapped in a handicapped body. So, although the story is told mostly by a young woman who takes a job as a caregiver of this handicapped man and although I guess you could say the story ends up being a romance, it is more than that. Even if you wouldn't be caught dead with a romance book, make this an exception.

The first 30 or so pages are a bore. I would have discarded the book after 50 pages if it had stayed that way. But it gets better, so much that I didn't want to put it down.

Only one criticism: Will, the quadriplegic man, is pretty much left to rot for 2 years before Lou comes on the scene. His parents could have come up with things like different wheelchairs and voice recognition software, yet nothing happens until Lou.

That is not realistic. But it does serve the story well.
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Rachel Coker, February 12, 2014 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
"Me Before You" is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn't let go. I blame this novel for a terrible night's sleep, and by that I mean that I stayed up until 3 a.m. so I could see what was going to happen to the two main characters.

Moyes' novel challenges you to think more deeply about disability, what makes life worth living, romantic love and physician-assisted suicide. And, somehow, even with all that packed in, it's never preachy or boring. This would make an excellent book club selection. I assume a movie is in the works or will be soon.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143124542
Author:
Moyes, Jojo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130730
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 0.72 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143124542 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel....I will stake my reputation on this book."
"Review" by , “When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it...an affair to remember.”
"Review" by , “An unlikely love story....To be devoured like candy, between tears.”
"Review" by , “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....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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
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