Me Before You

Me Before You

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"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 a motorcycle 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? "--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670026609
0670026603
Branch Call Number: MOYES J
Moyes, J
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 24 cm

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When high-flying executive and extreme sports enthusiast Will Trynor becomes wheelchair bound after an accident, his parents hire young Louisa Clark to be his caretaker and companion. She struggles with his difficult moods, but becomes increasingly fond of her temperamental charge. When she final... Read More »

Movie: "Me Before You" (2016). This one, book and film both, is a real tear-jerker, yet you won't be able to help falling in love with it and the two main characters, Will and Louisa.


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arunothia
Sep 16, 2018

I loved Lou, everything about her ♥️

I really wish the author had also written from Will's perspective! Only 3/5 because I felt Will's side of the story was not justified in the narration and his parents' emotions were almost entirely missing!

That said, this story will make you cry anyways.

If only each one of us loved like we only have a finite time left in this life because after all that's the truth isn't it? I kind of envy these love stories where there's a deadline till when their lives are filled with love and love alone! No small talks or silly fights and no worrying about trivial things. That's how our lives are supposed to be I guess but just like everything else, we humans simply won't take things that matter to us seriously unless there's a known deadline :/ I recommend this book to anyone looking for shedding some tears over a love story!

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

I have been meaning to pick up this book ever since I saw the trailer for the movie.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the interactions between Lou and Will, so much spunk and spirit once they got over the whole "I don't need anyone to babysit me" and "I desperately need a job to support my family". Lou's wardrobe sounds fabulous and seems to suit her perfectly to match against the ever sarcastic Will who is determined to make the lives of his caregivers miserable (hey, if I was like him I would be too given the former life I had lived, it's hard for some to not be bitter). All her planning and ideas shows just how much thought and determination she put into showing Will that life can be adapted to suit his physical needs.

I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of Lou throughout parts of the book. She seems so compliant and petty (with her sister at times) and accept life for what it is, especially after what happened to her years ago. Let's be honest, Patrick is so into the marathon and himself that he isn't the best boyfriend. If Lou and Patrick had continued with their relationship and Will was never in the picture, she probably would have ended up unhappily married to him and stayed in that little village of theirs.

This book deals with a sensitive topic that is very controversial and much debated. I think this topic was handled rather delicately in this book and shows the different sides that people react to it.

It is sort of a bittersweet love story. However, there is no denying the love they share and the hardships they all endure.

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slh22
Aug 19, 2018

Great book. Loved it.

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JMFreads
Jun 14, 2018

Jo Jo, where have you been all my life? This was on my 'for later' list for quite some time. So glad I finally read it. Reading more of her books as fast as I can now.

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Janice21383
Apr 18, 2018

Wow. Not a complimentary wow. I guess every generation needs its teary, disease-of-the-week romance that leaves its audience all uplifted. However, Me Before You is not only a poorly written melodrama, but also preys on the fears of its able-bodied audience. The author heavily hints disabled people live useless, sexless lives, and that for them, suicide is a choice, even THE choice. Her characters may say "no, no!", but the whole slant of the story says "yes, yes!" Before wasting your time with this book, or the movie based on it, please watch the attached video with a disabled man's review. Or google "Me Before You book controversy".

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janetnorm
Apr 08, 2018

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cgarridop
Mar 18, 2018

Good book, although, I do not like the end. Being a quadriplegic doesn’t mean you can’t do things or enjoy life. There are lots of things they can do, life is not over. The end is very depressing. To me, it seemed that for Will, having love in his life wasn’t enough.
As always, book is much better than the movie. The movie skipped esential parts of the story that explain a lot about the characters.

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Fonie
Mar 13, 2018

The book ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes is a romance, fiction story. It contains love, choices and what life actually means and how it is lived by different people. It starts of with Louisa Clark the main character who is very talkative, bubbly, cheerful, hurries to find a job after the cafe shop owned by Frank who had to go back to Australia to see his dad. Louisa was the one in her family that could earn the majority of money so she was under stress of her family. As Camilla, is under pressure to employ someone to help change Will’s mind within 6 months of going to Switzerland to do the Dignitas, after he had an accident and becoming quadriplegic for 2 years, she employed Louisa to help support Will and hopefully change his mind. For the first month, Louisa thought everyday was boring because Will barely talked and thought she was annoying but as the months went on, she realised what Will was planning to do so she puts in all her effort in planning trips, etc just to make Will happy. As days past, they got along very well, where Will talked more and enjoyed Louisa talking. They got up to the point where they fell in love and Louisa confessed on the last trip they went to - Mauritius, which was also the last hope and last chance of convincing Will to change his mind of going to Switzerland but Will knows that he wants to go Switzerland and do the Dignitas so he doesn’t want Louisa feeling miserable. That is when the problem begins to get intense when they actually talk about the plan of going to Switzerland and doing the Dignitas especially when Louisa tried to stop that from happening.
I would really recommend this book for people that want a deeper meaning of life and romance because I personally don’t enjoy reading as much but I could understand the way this book is written. I especially like the meaning of this book, how it gives a lot of detail and special messages that let you understand a bit more about life, or more about how other people live their life. How people try to help out but they don’t exactly know how it feels, where people wouldn’t understand the life behind how a person normally reacts and how not all rich people can be living a good life.

dturk01 Jan 22, 2018

LOVED this book! Will grew up in wealth and had a job that increased his wealth, while Louisa grew up with more modest means and was happy to work at a local cafe. Will lived a BIG life full of adventures before his accident, an accident that left him a quadriplegic. Before the accident, their lives would not have crossed paths, until Will's mother hired Louisa as a caretaker for Will. Louisa and Will got off to a rocky start, but slowly they warmed up to each other and even showed the other what it means to live life to its fullest.

This story is about growth, love, life, and acceptance. Great and intense story, but make sure to keep tissues handy.

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lgraf
Jan 03, 2018

What a great book...couldn't put it down!
Cried at the end!!! Beautiful story of tragedy, loss & unselfish love! A must read.

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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.”

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 20, 2016

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

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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.”

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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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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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