- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; Media tie-in edition (13 June 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718181182
- ISBN-13: 978-0718181185
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 186 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Me Before You Paperback – 13 Jun 2016
|Paperback, 13 Jun 2016||
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Poignant . . . heartfelt . . . Me Before You, at it's heart, is about two people who properly listen to each other; it is something good (The Independent on Sunday)
Another powerful love story. A deftly plotted narrative populated with likeable engaging characters . . . a bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. It's a tremendous read and I loved it (Daily Mail)
When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it . . . An affair to remember (The New York Times Book Review)
At last, a new Moyes novel - and it's a triumph. Her story of love blossoming in the most unlikely of ways packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissues (Elle)
Compelling, moving and absorbing. It's also a real weepie (Daily Express)
Keep the tissues close as Jojo Moyes returns with Me Before You, a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting tale about the relationship between an embittered quadriplegic man and the carer who is trying to give him a reason to live (Good Housekeeping)
A compelling novel of life and death decisions and unlikely affections. It's magical and heartbreaking, but doesn't shy away from difficult emotional realities. Waterproof mascara essential (Marie Claire)
A disarmingly moving love story . . . a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling (Publishers Weekly)
This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it (Closer)
Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling (Easy Living)
From the Back Cover
'A bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. It's a tremendous read and I loved it' Daily Mail
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.
'Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other. More than any other, Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take to their hearts as they did One Day's Emma and Dex. A novel that demands an afternoon on the sofa with a fistful of tissues' Independent on Sunday
'A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissues' Elle
'Magical and heartbreaking. Waterproof mascara essential' Marie ClaireSee all Product description
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To read the book through Lou's POV was a wonderful experience full of roller coaster emotions. She is a type of person you can easily relate too. She is funny, bubbly but she is also a sort of person you can relay on with closed eyes. But you can't say she is a saint. No, she has her negatives too, but her positives outweigh the negatives. She loves her family, but like every normal human being, does have issues with them too. I especially loved her relationship with her sister Treena. They both fight over the silliest of things like cats and dogs, they are jealous of each other, sometimes even hate each other, but when the time comes, they have each other's backs and no one can persuade them otherwise. I loved the role of Nathan, and enjoyed the development of his friendship with Lou from when she first becomes Will's carer to the very end.
This book offers multiple POVs, a chapter for each character sprinked throughout. Though we get a chance to glimpse inside the minds of the other characters, which is enlightening, the book is dominated by Lou.
Overall, the writing style is easy, friendly and funny with a perfect doses and description of human emotions and psychology.
I will be very honest, I love to read books which will take me on an emotional roller coaster and leaves me high and dry. I have always been drawn to tragic love stories (thanks to my obsession with Romeo and Juliet) so naturally I went ahead and bought the book.
This is a story of two young people who are battered by the life. Lou by chance gets a job in Traynor Mansion and becomes a care taker for Will Traynor. Will Traynor who was once a active young man is now paralyzed due to a motor cycle accident. Will given the circumstances is aloof, cranky and obnoxious most of the time to Lou. As the time passes, their relationship smoothes as Will begins to get intrigued with her. Will and Lou’s light banter and the way Will teases her are written well and reader gets to see the funny and sarcastic side of Will many times.
I have always believed if the author can make you cry your heart out, he/she has succeeded in their story telling. That’s what exactly Jojo Moyes has done. For all the laughs and joy you experience with Lou and Will, the author has multiplied it thrice with sorrow. My heart was twisted with a knife every time when Will was miserable over his state.
You get to see the characters growing, becoming independent. Lou, who was afraid to lead a life of her own, flourishes beautifully under the guidance of Will. She starts loving herself more. Will who was miserable over his state, starts opening up, starts to enjoy the little moments.
The book not only makes you cry, its also makes you laugh. This book is not just about Love. It’s about Friendship. It’s a story of Life and Death and want comes in between. Everything in the book seemed real for me. The pain, the misery, the embarrassment faced by Will feels all real. Nowhere did I feel any situation was just added for the sake of filling the pages.
My heart has been broken to million pieces over the ending and yet I cannot complain about it. Will’s decision over his life seemed acceptable to me.
The book is well edited. The author has given heart wrenching dialogues and scenes. The book is a definite page turner. I rate this book 5 Stars.
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