Me Before You

Me Before You

Book - 2016
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Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than her village. She takes a job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, now wheelchair-bound after a motorcycle accident. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780143109464
0143109464
Branch Call Number: Moyes, J
Characteristics: 369, 8, 8 pages ; 22 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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Sasha62
Dec 07, 2018

This is book #1 in a series

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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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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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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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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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