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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718157834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157838
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,371 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other more than any other next year, it is a tremendous example of what commercial fiction can do when in the hands of an expert. Moyes does a majestic job of conjuring a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling; Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take to their hearts as they did One Day's Emma and Dex (The Independent)

Poignant and beautifully written, this book will stay with you long after you've put it down (Star Magazine)

Funny, believable and heartbreaking, this is sure to be the weepy of 2012 (Woman's Own)

A compelling portrait of an unlikely couple (The Independent)

Me Before You is a page-turner that sucks the reader into caring about the fate of the heroine . . . By turns funny and moving but never predictable. The plot contains a number of surprises and raises thoughtful questions (USA Today)

A perceptive and moving tale (The Independent)

Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love (People)

Beautifully written (The Sun)

An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Read it and weep: Heartbreak collides with humour in Jojo Moyes's Me Before You (Good Housekeeping USA)

Jojo Moyes has done it again with this funny, touching tale that is impossible to put down. Make sure you have a box of tissues to hand! (Candis)

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, the writer who produced this emotional typhoon, knows very well that Me Before You . . . is a 'real weepy'. Moyes's story provokes tears that are redemptive, the opposite of gratuitous. Some situations, she forces the reader to recognise, really are worth crying over . . . An affair to remember (Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review)

Jojo Moyes's poignantly romantic tales have readers streaming their way through boxes of Kleenex . . . Me Before You is compelling reading...a profound, fundamental, thought-provoking conundrum lies at the heart of the story, a huge moral dilemma, explored with great fictional finesse. Devotees of Jojo Moyes and newcomers alike will settle into this entertaining book with gusto (Sunday Express)

Romantic, thought-provoking tear-jerker than you won't be able to put down (Woman & Home)

The Last Letter from Your Lover manages to be a both gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read (Independent on Sunday)

Utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic (Daily Telegraph)

A small-life-big-dreams weepie that'll have you snivelling ecstatically into your cocoa (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full-time. Her novels have all been critically acclaimed and include the Sunday Times Number One bestselller The One Plus One and the global phenomenon Me Before You, which has sold five million copies to date.Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

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1,417 of 1,449 people found the following review helpful By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2011
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I've read a few of Jojo Moyes' previous books - Ship of Brides (loved), The Last Letter From Your Lover (adored) and The Peacock Emporium (meh) - but I think she's moved onto a whole new level with her latest offering.

Me Before You features Lou Clark, a bright but directionless young woman who drifts between dead-end jobs until she eventually (rather reluctantly) takes a post as a carer to a young man who has been left in a quadriplegic state following a road accident two years earlier. Will Traynor had a high-profile, well paid career and a very active lifestyle, until it was all taken away from him in the blink of an eye as he crossed the road to hail a taxi. To say he's bitter and angry about the hand life has dealt him would be an understatement. His family are at the end of their tether, and shortly after Lou is hired she hatches a desperate plan to try to convince Will that his life is worth living.

Sounds a bit grim and depressing? Well think again. I've never noticed much in the way of comedy in Moyes's novels before, but this book had me alternating between laughing out loud and smiling wryly (oh and crying - more of that later), and I was reminded very much of Marian Keyes in her prime. I loved the affectionate banter between Lou and her family and the not-so-affectionate (at first) verbal sparring between Lou and Will. (Their first meeting when he plays a particularly wicked trick on her is absolutely priceless.)

And now for the serious stuff. The subjects of quadriplegia and the rights of disabled people are dealt with sensitively and compassionately. The descriptions of Will's day to day existence, which involves relying on others for almost every aspect of his personal care, really hit home.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By meplustwo on 28 Jun. 2012
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I bought this book based purely on the fantastic recommendations of so many people on this site and I must say I am SO glad I did, I am an avid reader and get through 3 or 4 books a week and have done for as long as I can remember and I have to say this book I cant remember the last time a book made me "feel" quite like this one,
The characters almost become real, I dont know quite how else to describe it, I felt so involved in the story and really cared about how they felt and what happened, I dont want to give any of the story away but I laughed and I definately cried, alot.
It is a beautiful story that gets right to the heart of the matter and makes you really think about life and what you want from it,
I'm not a loon, I am well aware it's a fictional story but it was one I can NOT recommend enough to anyone,
I can honestly say it is one of the most involving, well written, emotional, sweet and uplifting books I have ever read and after writing this am going straight to other books by Jojo Moyes and they will be in my basket before you know it.
Buy this book, you wont be dissapointed, I certainly wasnt. its a gem.
5 stars isnt enough. it deserves SO much more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By scottishclaire on 5 Aug. 2012
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I picked up this book after reading so many hugely positive reviews for it and was expecting some seriously good reading. But I was a little disappointed in all honesty. I think it might be my taste for books - I'd never normally read something like this but all the reviews swayed me.

The subject matter is serious and the themes around living, dying, choices in life, dignity and fate are all weighty and worthwhile. But the style of book is a bit schmaltzy and for some reason I can't really equate a chick-lit romance with the subject matter. They just don't seem to gel. The story is all a bit obvious and there are some major elements to it that I didn't think worked (I won't spoil).

Still, it's a reasonable read that I got through in a day. Easy to whizz through and digest. The writing is light and aside from some overly liberal use of adverbs I thought it was nicely put together and well paced. It's a good, solid book. If you like your heart strings getting jerked or a romance then you're in for a treat
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Connell on 31 Jan. 2012
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This book was unputdownable. It's not often, that, on a dull winter's afternoon, during a dull afternoon at work, you can get a complete flash of happiness at the thought of coming home to carry on reading (and I speak as a mother-of-three with chores to do). However, I was so gripped by it that I had to get a grip myself and tell myself to eke it out and savour the whole story over three evenings. Cleverly observed social scene, realistic family, humour at the most poignant moments, all a backdrop to the growing relationship. Sounds a bit odd, but in a way the couple reminded me of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara. I lay in bed and cried my eyes out at the end. Despite the topic, it's by no means an 'issue-led' book; the characterisation is too complex and it's far too well-written. One of the best books I have read, and if they make it into a film (which it cries out for), I just hope they capture the same tender spirit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay Gilbertson on 15 Aug. 2014
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Me Before You
By Jojo Moyes

You’re at the mall or movie theater, a restaurant maybe, and a person in a wheel chair buzzes in the door. He can only use his right hand and is working a joy-stick to maneuver. You don’t mean to stare, you really don’t.

But you do.

Ever wonder what it’s like? To be forever sitting down? To never be able to do things you take for granted; wash your hands, weed the garden, take a hike—hold someone.


Meet Will Traynor, a thirty-something quadriplegic. Comes from buckets of money, was a high-powered executive, has pictures all over his bedroom of global travels, gorgeous women, mountain climbs, skydiving, a drop-dead fiancé. It all was taken away by an accident.


Cue the sun! In walks Louisa (Lou) Clark. A short, peculiar twenty-seven year old who lives in the same village outside of London, but on the ‘other’ side of town. She takes a job to care for Will, not the medical part, the mind part, the will to live part. His shrewd and controlling and off-the-charts intense mother watches over him like a hawk turned up high. She and her cheating husband built an ‘annex’ next to their mansion and it’s there that Will now resides.

Hard to categorize this novel. It’s got romance, sure, but there’s some serious meat to the read too. Things that are hard to read, life-stuff that makes you stop and wonder about. It could happen to any of us. What would you do if it happened to you? Now that’s good writing. Lou wants to get Will out of the annex, to experience things, to leave the village and see the world again. To thrive once more. Lou suggests a trip back to Paris, which he loved before the accident.

He swallowed.
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