Me Before You [NOOK Book]

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A New York Times bestseller—with more than three 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 ...
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Overview

A New York Times bestseller—with more than three 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?
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Liesl Schillinger
When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it; I wanted to reread it. Which might seem perverse if you know that for most of the last hundred pages I was dissolved in tears. Jojo Moyes…knows very well that Me Before You…is, as British critical consensus affirms, "a real weepy." And yet, unlike other novels that have achieved their mood-melting powers through calculated infusions of treacle…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…Moyes disarms the reader with the normalcy of her voice. Her language is never lofty…This is a love story that's eloquent not so much in its delivery as in its humanity.
Publishers Weekly
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. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
A young woman finds herself while caring for an embittered quadriplegic in this second novel from British author Moyes (The Last Letter from Your Lover, 2011). Louisa has no apparent ambitions. At 26, she lives with her working-class family (portrayed with rollicking energy) in a small English town, carries on a ho-hum relationship with her dull boyfriend and works at a local cafe. Then, the cafe closes, and she must find a job fast to ease her family's financial stress. Enter Will Traynor, a former world traveler, ladies' man and business tycoon who's been a quadriplegic since a traffic accident two years ago. Will's magistrate mother hires Louisa at a relatively hefty salary to be Will's caregiver and keep him company for the next six months--easygoing Nathan gives him his medical care and physiotherapy--but really Will's mother wants Louisa to watch him so he doesn't try to hurt himself. Will, once handsome and powerful, is not only embittered, but in constant pain. He has some use of one hand but is dependent on others for his basic needs, and recovery is not possible. Louisa, who can't help speaking her mind and dresses thrift-store eccentric, thinks he hates her, but no surprise, Louisa's sprightly, no-nonsense charms win him over. He even cheers her up on occasion. When Louisa overhears Will's mother talking to his sister, she realizes that the Traynors have reluctantly agreed to let Will commit suicide at a facility in six months. Louisa decides to convince him to stay alive with a series of adventures. Meanwhile, Will, who senses something in her past has made Louisa fearful of adventure, is trying to broaden her experience through classical music and books. Their feelings for each other deepen. But Louisa is not Jane Eyre, and Will is not Mr. Rochester in a wheelchair, so don't expect an easy romantic ending. Despite some obviousness in the storyline, this is uplift fiction at its best, with fully drawn characters making difficult choices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101606377
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 119
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jojo Moyes

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

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    Brilliant Story!

    Louisa Clark (Lou) is just an ordinary woman leading her life, living with and helping to take care of her parents and grandfather. Then the job she loves at the cafe is gone. The owner has closing and moved away. Jobs are hard to come by and she tries a few. Then she is convinced to become a companion/caregiver to Will Traynor. A man who was a daredevil and astute businessman that has been sidelined by an accident the caused damage to his spinal cord. He is now in a wheelchair and can only move one hand slightly. 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.




    I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I had only read a small synopsis sent by the publicist before I started reading. I knew the man in the story was paralyzed but didn't really give it more than a passing thought until I read about his injury. His damage to his spine was in the C5-6 area, the exact same place as my injury. He is confined to a wheelchair with very little movement. This could have been me. I was lucky to have paralysis only claim one side of my body. This did give me pause but I continued reading. Will Traynor went through the same feelings and doubt and uncertainty that I did and still sometimes have. But he did do something I could never do. He decided to have 6 months with his family and then he would end his life at a assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. Lou will do anything to get him to change his mind. To say this book affected me deeply in an understatement.

    Jojo Moyes has written a brilliant story that was well researched. She incorporates spinal injury online support groups to help Lou understand what Will is going through. From experience I know the snippets in the book are credible. She has included a caregiver that takes care of the more personal and medical needs for Will so that Lou is more of a friend or companion at least at first.

    She has also created a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Lou’s lower class family, working hard every day to try to keep up. Her sister, the family favorite, with her own personal battles. Lou’s boyfriend who has suddenly become a fitness guru. Then there is Will’s family. Upper middle class with a huge house and plenty of money. But even with their son’s disability aside, were they ever happy? I truly enjoyed the chapters when other characters took over and gave their perspective. We were able to get a deeper vision of their thoughts and impressions of their lives as well as their feelings about Lou and Will.

    This was not a book that I could rush through but I feel that is because of my personal issues with the story. I found myself setting the book aside because some parts were so powerful or when I found myself actually crying so much the words were blurred. It is not your run of the mill love story. Feelings grew in ways that I didn't even imagine. I don’t want to ruin the end for anyone but I was truly hoping for a different outcome. I understood, but as a person who has actually looked death in the eye and came back, life is just too precious to me.

    An intense story, I highly recommend you have a box of tissues handy.

    18 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

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    I absolutely LOVED it.  What I loved the most about this book wa

    I absolutely LOVED it.  What I loved the most about this book was how real the story and characters are. You can find yourself relating to them and considering what you would do if you where in their situation. Make sure you keep the Kleenex handy. YOU WILL NEED THEM. 

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    A wonderful story

    Could not put this story down. I found myself crying at the end but very glad I read it. The characters were so real and sympathetic.
    One of the best books I have read in a long time.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Loved this book; absolutely loved it. Just what was needed afte

    Loved this book; absolutely loved it. Just what was needed after a long holiday season! It made me literally laugh out loud. It made me cry. It made me take a look at my own life. Just a superb read.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Beautifully written, could not put this one down, heartbreaking

    Beautifully written, could not put this one down, heartbreaking, but so worth the read. The characters were so real. Cried my eyes out at the end, but would highly recommend this lovely book.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    I loved this book from cover to cover--------Hated to see it end

    I loved this book from cover to cover--------Hated to see it end

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    I usually do not write reviews but I absolutely loved this book

    I usually do not write reviews but I absolutely loved this book so I feel I have to say something. The books is interesting and it talks about a subject that not many people talk about which makes you think and puts you in other people's shoes. The story is touching, funny, sweet and real. I definitely recommend this book.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    AMAZING! Me Before You was recommended to me. I was fully prepa

    AMAZING!
    Me Before You was recommended to me. I was fully prepared for a light-hearted romantic novel. This is not a light hearted romantic novel. I repeat - "This is not a light hearted romantic novel". However, it is an amazing story and very thought provoking.

    This novel grabs you from the start and will not let you set it down until the last page is turned. It will have you crying, laughing and feeling blessed.

    This is a great story for men and women alike. I would love to discuss with a male to get his take on it and compare his view to those made by Will, the main character.

    Don't wait another minute, pick up this novel and enter the world of Louisa and Will, you will be so glad you did.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    If this isn't snapped up as a movie.... well I wish I could film

    If this isn't snapped up as a movie.... well I wish I could film it and I WISH I could write like this. Inspiring, moving, mezmerizing are a few words that come to mind. This is a book that stays with you and can transform your life. It felt so real I had to remind myself it isn't a memoir. A magnificent story wonderfully written.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    Me Before You is an enjoyable and thought provoking read, dealin

    Me Before You is an enjoyable and thought provoking read, dealing with some uncomfortable issues. It's a lovely story, every character human and realistic, entirely believable. I highly recommend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    I have taken ages to review this book, and even this will be sho

    I have taken ages to review this book, and even this will be short and sweet.

    While I wasn't completely smiling and in love with the end, and things didn't tie up how I wanted them too, everything in this novel stays true to the story that needs to be told. If you're looking for a glossy perfect story, this isn't it. The guy, Will, has problems and man he was a *meanie* for a lot of the time, but I saw through that because he like the rest of the characters have so much depth, he couldn't have been nice and all swoony with his situation and history.

    Lou, the lead female narrator was a favourite for me, too, because she had strong opinions that gave depth to her. But more than that I was with her and what she was trying to do the whole novel, but as things fell apart in her plan, I felt all her emotions and was with her through every peak and trough.

    This book mirrors the difficulties in life so well, I was astounded. I commend Jojo for creating such a deep, moving story, one with so many layers, I can't even begin to describe the story fully and do it justice.

    To sum up, this book is on my Best Everrr shelf for many reasons, one being how totally blown away I was by the journey and ending and that I haven't forgotten it even now, months after I finished.

    5++ stars!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    A must read!

    I read this book in just over 24hours. Very engaging and haunting. The author made the characters seem so alive, as though I knew them personally. I would encourage anyone to read this book but be ready to feel!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    This book is a WOW - a well told story, realistically presented,

    This book is a WOW - a well told story, realistically presented, and exceptionally thought-provoking. It is not my typical style of reading material but I was truly moved by the storyline and glad that I was compelled to add this book to my recent reading. Also, having worked in England for a few weeks a year for a number of years, the setting was so realistic - I found myself wandering back to my experiences with ancient town walls, castles, small shops and pubs - and of course, the ever present mug of hot tea. Well done! For other potential readers, be prepared for a story that will have you mentally revisiting the various events of the storyline again and again.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Great Read-Wonderful Characters

    Sometimes fate changes us for the better. Two people who would never have likely crossed paths find true pathos and understanding between themselves. The small kindnesses and the sacrifices each one made for the other brings moments of joy and moments of deep sadness. This book teaches us what's truly important in life and in death. Read it and follow two people as they transform themselves for each other. And then hope that you, too, will find the other person who completes you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Amazing!!

    Probably the best book that I have read in a long time. Inspiring

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    A MUST READ

    From a guy who normally reads thrillers, mysteries, etc., I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The depth of character development as well as the relationship of each character to you the reader are incredible. Don't miss this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

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    ROMANTIC AND HEARTBREAKING It was on a rainy morning in the cen

    ROMANTIC AND HEARTBREAKING
    It was on a rainy morning in the central London traffic that the life of a vital, charismatic, and handsome man was changed forever. A road accident had permanently damaged Will Traynor’s spinal cord and reduced him on a wheelchair: once a lover of extreme sports and a powerful businessman, Will is now quadriplegic, he has lost forever the use of his legs and has a very limited use of hands and arms. Not only does he need to be constantly assisted and monitored by medical staff; his mental welfare is compromised as well and, after a failed suicide attempt, his parents decide to hire a caregiver/companion who might help him and encourage him to adapt to his new circumstances.
    “[…] his condition [is] not just a matter of being stuck in that chair, of the loss of physical freedom, but a never-ending litany of indignities and health problems, of risks and discomforts.”

    Will's paralysis is not a reversible condition; the only thing doctors can do for him is trying to reduce his pain, stop him from atrophying and keep his physical condition up, but there is nothing that therapy can do to lift his spirit. Louisa Clark, just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life and only bread-winner in her family, is in desperate need to find a new job. While seeking for new opportunities, a well-paid and temporary position as a caregiver for a disabled man seems to be her only option, and although she believes to be inadequate for the job because of her lack of professional skills, she appears to have the right mental attitude to deal with the dejected and disabled Will Traynor. Lou may not be refined or highly educated, she doesn't have fancy hobbies or trips abroad to show off on her resume, she doesn't belong in Will's high society world, but she is attentive and emphatic, cheerful and chatty. With her extravagant clothes and snappy tongue she amuses Will to no end, bringing in his otherwise grey and sterile life a blast of color and warm sweetness. With her ability to tune into Will's needs and emotions, not only Lou succeeds in tearing down the walls of sarcasm, anger and frustration he has erected around himself after the accident; she even convinces him to allow himself to find a reason to live through experiences that might generate happiness and contentment. Against all expectations, Will and Lou will find themselves intensely connected and drawn to each other by an irresistible chemistry, more powerful than all the challenges and limitations imposed by his physical disability. But for a man who used to be at the top of his game, and now completely powerless, vulnerable, and unable to do a single thing for himself, even love may not be enough to steer his mind from an heartbreaking decision.

    I do not usually lose my composure when I read a tear jerker novel, but ME BEFORE YOU by acclaimed author Jojo Moyes absolutely stunned me. It reduced me to an emotional wreck like very few books have been able to do in a long time, my emotions and reactions to a delicate matter such as voluntary euthanasia still raw days after the last page was turned. What the romantic cover artwork and upbeat book jacket blurb deceivingly tend to present as a modern fairy-tale turned out to be a much more complicated and profoundly ethical debate on the moral issues and legal legitimacy of the personal right to death for people who suffer from debilitating conditions and terminal illnesses. Narrated through the intimate and candid perspective of the generous and genuine female protagonist, Me Before You is an authentic gem, an unforgettable love story enhanced by Moyes' compelling and luminous prose. Exquisitely heartbreaking.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Stunning

    I loved this book. Could not put it down. Funny and sad but
    Mostly uplifting. I highly recommend it.



    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful!!

    Highly recommend! Makes you think, observe from a different view, and most important gain a love for unconditional love and acceptance. Well written, not your typical "love story".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    An excellent read. Can't put it down.

    An exquisite love story. Intriguing moral dilemma -- and FINE writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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