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A New York Times
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 exMaster 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?
"In Moyes's (The Last Letter from Your Lover) disarmingly moving love story, Louisa Clark leads a routine existence: at 26, she's dully content with her job at the cafe in her small English town and with Patrick, her boyfriend of six years. But when the cafe closes, a job caring for a recently paralyzed man offers Lou better pay and, despite her lack of experience, she's hired. Lou's charge, Will Traynor, suffered a spinal cord injury when hit by a motorcycle and his raw frustration with quadriplegia makes the job almost unbearable for Lou. Will is quick-witted and sardonic, a powerhouse of a man in his former life (motorcycles; sky diving; important career in global business). While the two engage in occasional banter, Lou at first stays on only for the sake of her family, who desperately needs the money. But when she discovers that Will intends to end his own life, Lou makes it her mission to persuade him that life is still worth living. In the process of planning 'adventures' like trips to the horse track some of which illuminate Lou's own minor failings Lou begins to understand the extent of Will's isolation; meanwhile, Will introduces Lou to ideas outside of her small existence. The end result is a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling. Agent: Sheila Crowley, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“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
“An unlikely love story....To be devoured like candy, between tears.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Me Before You is one you should read. After finishing Jojo Moyes' Me Before 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 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
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, and The Last Letter from Your Lover. Moyes writes for The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Red, and Woman and Home. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.