Me Before You

Me Before You

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, discover the love story that captured over 20 million hearts in Me Before You , After You , and Still Me .

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?
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780670026609
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Characteristics: 369 p.
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ehbooklover Oct 20, 2015

4.5 stars. Friends and customers all raved about this book. They were right. I loved it! It was emotional. It is heartbreaking yet it also manages to be uplifting. There were lots of wonderful characters, an unconventional romance, and a poignant ending. And it realistically and fairly deals with... Read More »

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debwalker Sep 11, 2015

A Pennie's pick for September 2015. "The kind of book that you want to hand to someone and say, 'Please read this, and then let's talk about it when you're done.' ....When Louisa takes a job working with a man who is wheelchair bound, her ordinary life becomes considerably less plain. This... Read More »


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Ba_kuPlanet
Oct 06, 2019

A very thought provoking story about a painful life challenge - no spoilers. Makes one wonder if someone in real life was in this same predicament, would medical cannabis change the outcome?

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evieonthetv
Jul 06, 2019

Just another reread so that I can read the final, Still Me.

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bleuettr
May 23, 2019

I enjoy the begining of the book, until near the end of the book. I didn't enjoy the author switched between POVs, honestly I coudn't care less about Will's father and Katrina's stories. It feels pointless, and contributed nothing to the story. Also near the end it was way to draggy for me. I lost all my cares about Will and Louisa

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ktuck3r
Mar 25, 2019

I am in a reading challenge and I had to read the 1st book in the series so I chose this one. I had already seen the movie in the theaters and liked it. I decided to give the book a try and I really liked it. Stayed pretty close to the movie so that was nice.

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desertflower8
Mar 13, 2019

This book was such a good read! Lots to laugh about, cry about & dream about.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 19, 2019

So good! I hope you have tissues! This story was so well written and paced.

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Lmedina_13
Feb 13, 2019

I just really really LOVED this book..HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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zwilliams30017
Dec 05, 2018

This book is outstanding.Even thought the characters start at there differences, they eventually end up getting alone very well but soon thing take a devastating turn (read to find out) .You can really tell that the author put there ALL in this book including LOTS of different emotions.If this sounds like the book for you I highly recommend you read it.(I cried like 10 times at the end)
Thanks to,Moyes JoJo

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cat_lady4
Dec 04, 2018

Loved the chemistry and the story line. Lou & Will are amazing to read, I just wish we got to read from Will's perspective, I waited and waited. I was excited to read this after watching the film because of the end. I was happy that for once a love story ended realistically, and that he chose what he felt was best for him. Some other reviews have really misses Moyes' point. She wasn't saying that those in his position lead lifeless lives, she was saying everything but that. Will just wished to not live a life that was not what he had before his accident. It could have been any other illness that prevented him from being "him" and he would have likely done the same.

Either way, this book was a great read! And if you love sarcasm, humor and that feeling you get after reading a romance novel - definitely give this one a go.

Me Before You has an unusual twist which really saves the novel from being another redundant Jane Eyre-Cinderella type of story.

Louisa Clark is a simple girl with down-to-earth expectations of life. She is from a working class family, living in a little town. At a first glance, she is unremarkable, except for her peculiar tastes in fashion. However, when you get to know Lou, you see that she has such a vibrant personality: her liveliness, optimism, perseverance, and kindness can fuel the universe for years to come!

William Traynor is a handsome, successful, daring, witty, and rich young man.

Lou and Will would have been a cliche-perfect romantic pair. But, here is where the author takes matters into her hands and writes an unexpected destiny for the couple. Will ends up in a road accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. Ironically, that’s when the beauty of the story kicks in.

After you are done with the book, borrow a movie! Still want more? Get the sequel – After You.

Surrey Libraries have them all: the book, the movie, and the sequel. Just drop by your local branch! (Submitted by Mariya)

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Shutterfly1928
Sep 27, 2016

"A few more minutes Clark, I don't mind not going in yet. I just want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress".

"I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh! but he was loved."

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LauraSteinert
Sep 19, 2016

"I need it to end here. No more chair. No more pneumonia. No more burning limbs. No more pain and tiredness and waking up every morning already wishing it was over.... the thing that would make me happier that anything is if you would come with me."

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LauraSteinert
Sep 19, 2016

Everything takes time, Will, she said, placing her had briefly on his arm. "And that is something that your generation find it a lot harder to adjust to. You have all grown up expecting things to go your way almost instantaneously. You all expect to live the lives you chose."

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Geraldine9
Aug 26, 2016

“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 20, 2016

“I can tell you the exact day I stopped being fearless.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 20, 2016

“And they will have sex once every six weeks and he will adore his children while doing absolutely nothing to actually help look after them. And she will have perfect hair but get this kind of pinched face through never saying what she actually means, and start an insane Pilates habit or maybe buy a dog or a horse and develop a crush on her riding instructor. And he will take up jogging when he hits forty, and maybe buy a Harley-Davidson, which she will despise, and every day he will go to work and look at all the young men in his office or where they went on a jolly and feel like somehow--and he will never be quite sure how--he got suckered.”

britprincess1ajax Aug 20, 2016

“You know my beauty routine. Soap, water, the odd paper bag.”

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aserrano318
Jul 06, 2016

“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
-Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

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nidofito
Nov 02, 2013

"Hey Clark," he said, "Tell me something good."

M_ALCOTT Jul 08, 2013

" He was already retreating, withdrawing to somewhere I couldn't reach him. I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live."

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E_Wen_Wong
Jun 24, 2018

When Louisa Clark loses her job at the local cafe, Buttered Bun, she ends up taking the job of carer to Will Traynor, a quadriplegic for the later part of his life. Will Traynor had a life to be envied before his accident - rich, adventurous and a girlfriend to match. But when a speeding motorcycle crushes his spine, he is left with minimal mobility, paralysed from the neck down. He shuts off from most of the world, determined not to look anything like the man he had been. Despite resenting her at first, Will gradually warms up to Lou because she listens to what it is he actually wants, becoming the first person he can be honest with following the accident.

However, Lou soon learns that Will has plans to travel to Switzerland in six months (length of her contract) to kill himself, after resolving that his life is not one worth living. Lou realises then that she is the Traynor Family's last chance at changing Will's mind. She researches outings, trips and technologies to give Will more autonomy, including a final getaway to Mauritius. However, it is not enough. Despite changing each other in ways neither could ever have anticipated, Will's mind is set and Lou eventually comes around to the fact she must respect that decision, accompanying him to Switzerland at the expense of her own family relations.

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Janice21383
Apr 20, 2018

Girl going nowhere in her life meets boy going nowhere without his wheelchair. Along the way, they find that money cannot buy happiness, the rich are just like you and me, only more unhappy, and the best things in life are free. In a sense, he's the ideal boyfriend. Sure, he's verbally and mentally abusive, lives in the past, and constantly complains that his life is hopeless and useless. But as the author (incorrectly) surmises, the physically disabled can never have a satisfying sex life, and therefore he cannot make demands that way. And then there is the money; a whole lot of it, which turns out can buy some happiness after all.

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hazele1
Aug 09, 2016

Girl becomes fruends with rich guy. Girl starts liking rich guy but he is thinking of suicide since he don't like being in a wheelchair. Girl gives everything she got to make him stay alive and plans trips for them. Guy doesn't change his mind and does assisted suicide anyways, with the girl being sad and upset but later on respected his decision.

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elishalozares
Jul 21, 2016

Me Before You is a story about a woman named Louisa Clark and a man named Will Traynor, who didn't always used to be a quadriplegic. Louisa is desperately in need of a job, is one not to be pinned as the smartest, and secretly holds a passion for fashion design. Will used to be the the kind of guy every girl wanted; handsome, rich, fit, outgoing, adventurous, and successful. Now, he's stuck in a wheelchair, pondering his own death while Louisa landed a position to be his caregiver. Trying to show Will the beauty of life and that it's worth fighting for also became part of her job description.

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mardscott
Jul 08, 2016

Awesome book: better than the movie, of course! The book is a 10 Kleenex story; the movie, 3. This is a story of loving one's life, of making the most of one's life, and of what it means to love, whether that be in a dysfunctional low income family, like Lou's, or a dysfunctional high income family, like Will's. In this novel Lou learns what it means to live and to love and how precious our time on this earth is.

LibrarySquare Jan 26, 2016

Louisa Clark takes a job working for Will who is wheelchair bound from an auto accident. Will is anger, bossy and unhappy about his inability to do any simple activities he once did. Lou is to help him get out and about and live life, but Will has other plans. - LibrarySquare

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georgia12399
Jan 29, 2012

Product Description Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time

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