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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718157834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157838
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,672 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4 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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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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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.

Imagine.

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.

Everything.

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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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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Lou's life is in a bit of a rut after losing her beloved job at the cafe at the bottom of a hill where a castle is the only attraction and she is forced to find a new one, with no qualifications and no drive. As a last resort she takes on the role of a carer to Will-who had been left severely disabled following an accident. Starting this book I am ashamed to admit that I was shallow enough to not see Will as the lead male role in a book that was obviously going to be a love story of some description due to him being quadreplegic.But I blame that on the copious amount of chick lit(which this definately is not) and YA books with model-like love interests who never even have a hair out of place. However, I can say that only lasted a few chapters when you get to see that no condition or disability stops a person from being who they truly are, and that people will either love you or hate you for the person you are on the inside. I won't tell you why this book left me in such a state as I don't want to give too much away but be warned....DO NOT READ THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS ON THE BUS. It will leave you a snivelling wreck.(And that is never a good thing) It will take me a while to be able to read this book again but I will never throw it away. It can just sit on my shelf until I build up the courage to have my heart break again. Enjoy
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