Me Before You

Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes
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Me Before You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 868 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
Idie More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sammy63 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from cover to cover--------Hated to see it end
luishi More than 1 year ago
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.
LWFIGI More than 1 year ago
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.
MaliM More than 1 year ago
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.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
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.
Rebecca_Berto More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
madb15 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story trapped me after the first few pages! Its definitely a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hardly ever write book reviews, but as my headline said this is a must read. Have a box of tissue near by! The movie comes out next Friday! Can't wait to see on screen. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading, and when I eventually had to, I couldn't tear my thoughts away from the characters I had grown so attached to. This novel, with all its twists and turns made me feel every intense emotion anyone could go through while reading a good book. I laughed at their playful spats and trust me when I tell you, I bawled like a baby at the end. But what really resonated with me while reading this book was at the very end, and Louisa is reading Will ' letter from beyond the grave, he says that he saw that she had an awakening, a craving, in her to take chances and do things that not many people think they are not capable of doing. They bury it. And that truly spoke to me, it was so important to him that she continue and live her life even after he was gone. He knew her, so well that he knew that she would never have the courage, motivation or means to make something of herself if he decided not to kill himself which I think was just an added list of reasons why he did decide to go through with it. It wasn't because he didn't love her, it was just that. He did. But he wanted to do it his way, in the way she deserved. Will Traynor is like no other character I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know, as was Louisa clark. I truly will never forget them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't even... this book is just so... you just have to read it. It's adorable and will give you so many feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cried my eyes out! Beautiful tale. Highly recommend this book. This story will stay with me a long time. Hope the movie at least half as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every part of this book, especially how it ended. It was a breathe of fresh air to read a fiction that ended realistically. Highly recommend reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exquisite love story. Intriguing moral dilemma -- and FINE writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the best book that I have read in a long time. Inspiring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
J-in-Florida More than 1 year ago
This book draws you in and makes you sad, happy, laugh and all the other emotions. I hated to see it end, and so wanted to go on and see what more happen. This will always be one of my very favorite.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
This book is about life, and it has the most beautiful message. I was warned how emotional it would make me, and everyone was right. I shed several tears. It's the kind of book that really makes you think. Truly amazing. It deserves all the stars. I can't explain its greatness in a review so please at least give it a try for yourself.