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Me Before You by [Moyes, Jojo]
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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. Her novels include the bestsellers The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One, Me Before You and After You. Her novels have been translated into over 40 languages and have hit the Number 1 spot in 10 countries. She is one of the few authors to have had three novels on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.

Me Before You has now sold over 8 million copies worldwide and Jojo adapted the novel into a screenplay, of which the major film production, starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), was released in summer 2016. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4266 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718157834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157838
  • ASIN: B0065GC0BA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8,869 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Denise4891 TOP 500 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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I'm not quite sure what to write... Just closed the book on 'Me before you' and I am feeling many things. Shock. Anger. Maybe some happiness. My heart is shredded in to a thousand pieces if I'm being honest!

Will and Lou will stay with me for a very long time.

This book sends a very powerful message to everyone.... ' Just live'


Utterly speechless at the moment.


However it is a book I would recommend to everyone and it is one of my favourites and I could easily read this all over again... Although not anytime soon. I need to recover.


JoJo, you have broke me.
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Warning - contains spoilers.
Will is a thirty-five year old man, who previously had it all, but following a horrendous motorbike accident has been left a quadriplegic, completely dependent on those around him, and who has decided that his life is no longer worth living. Louisa is a twenty-seven year old working class girl with a small life and limited ambitions who becomes Will's hired companion, and becomes determined to change his mind; the problem is that she only has six months!
Not usually my type of book, and even after reading the fantastic reviews was in two minds about reading it, given the subject matter and the fact that I already knew what the ending held. So glad that I did choose to read it though, as I honestly cannot remember the last time I was so completely affected by a book! For the last three weeks I have ate, lived and breathed this book, (and the only reason it took me 3 weeks was because I didn't want to reach the end)!
Coming from a medical background, I entered this book with a firm opinion on my views regarding assisted suicide, and whilst they have not changed, I applaud Jojo Moyes for the sensitive and intelligent way she had handled a very relevant current hot topic and offered it up for debate. I think what really worked was that she drew the characters of Will and Louisa so well and made them so believable, that as a reader you could really identify with where both of them were coming from and became very invested in what happened to them. However, not only did we get Lou and Will's opinions, but also those of a whole host of other characters, which I think really helped give a wide and broad picture of the issue.
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Bought this as a gift for my girlfriend and whilst she's enjoying the story there's a lot of printing errors. She's about half way through and spotted 4 already including missing pages, pages cut in half and pages stuck together. Pretty poor for such a popular novel and from such an establish publisher like Penguin
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Please buy and read this book!! It is literally amazing in so many ways! I bought this book for an 8 hour flight to New York and not only did I finish it in one sitting but I cried for the last couple of chapters.
I am really not a fan of silly chick lit and please do not think this book falls into this category. It is a true classic and even though I never reread books, I will always keep this book in a special place on my book shelf.
Me Before You is the perfect story, it's a story that you have not read before. This book will make you feel both comforted and cosy but also on edge and unsure what is going to happen next.
In short, I loved this book so much I wish I hadn't finished it.
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