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Jojo Moyes
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Book Description

5 Jan 2012

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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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718157834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157838
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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)

This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it (Closer)

Compelling, moving and absorbing. It's also a real weepie (Daily Express)

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)

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)

Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling (Easy Living)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

A disarmingly moving love story . . . a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling (Publishers Weekly)

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 previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit and most recently The Last Letter from Your Lover. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

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1,274 of 1,300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh, made me cry ... loved it 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully engaging. 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
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As a quadraplegic myself... 16 Mar 2012
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Although I enjoyed this book I have been a quadraplegic myself for 20 years and found that side of the book exaggerated, people with a level of 5/6 injury are able to leave productive life's. I myself had a daughter 11 yrs ago, 9 years after my accident. I also run a business from home. The reference to the very moving book The butterfly and the diving bell was about someone with locked in syndrome, who's only way of communicating was via blinking, very different to a spinal injury of c5/6. You don't normally as a young person as the character is usually keep on getting serious pressure sores especially if, as he does, has sensation. Usually pressure sores occur because the person is oblivious of pain. I have no sensation, and in my 20 years have never been hospitalised with a pressure sore. However, if this book has given you an insight onto how it is another world when your suddenly find yourself in a wheelchair then it has helped.

I just worry someone newly injured or one of their loved ones will read this book and find it very negative.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't understand the fuss??? 1 July 2012
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Am usually a fan of chick lit and with all the 5* reviews thought this would be a winner but was sadly far from it. Although the questions it raises around euthanasia and a persons right to die are interesting and thought provoking, the book itself is dull. Lou is a fairly likeable character as is Will but I found their relationship very unconvincing and I was unable to feel Lou's emotions with her.
Also, as various secondary characters are given their own chapters, I think the book would've benefitted from a chapter told from the perspective of Will.
However, although I would not recommend this book, clearly hundreds of others have read and been moved by the story....hopefully you will be too!!
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