Me Before You, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (38 ratings)



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.*THE SEQUEL TO ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU, IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW*Praise for Me Before You'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 '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 'When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it . . . An affair to remember' - Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review'This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it ' Closer '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 'Funny, believable and heartbreaking, this is sure to be the weepy of 2012' - Woman's Own 'Poignant and beautifully written, this book will stay with you long after you've put it down' - Star Magazine '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 '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 '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 '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 'Romantic, thought-provoking tear-jerker than you won't be able to put down' - Woman & Home


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Lou Clark works in The Buttered Bun, a cafe in the sleepy little town she has always lived in. When the cafe closes and she no longer has a job, she finds herself working as a carer for Will Traynor, a man who had been so vibrant and alive before a motorcycle accident turned him into a quadriplegic.Of course, it's not easy for either of them, but they find that they become used to each other and look forward to spending time together. But Will has other ideas for his future and they will also change Lou's future forever.What a beautiful book this is. I've read one or two of Jojo Moyes' books before and thought they were ok, but Me Before You is an absolute treat of a read. It's very easy to read, and takes no effort really, but I looked forward to being able to pick it up and read a bit more. The story flows very well, heading towards a conclusion that made me cry and moved me so much. The characterisations are great as well - I loved Lou and Will, both unusual and feisty people, and Lou's parents made me smile. There are several really lovely bits in the book, moments that Lou and Will share, and which are really heart-warming. This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.

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 In different hands this could have been an overly sentimental, wallowing read but instead it is a beautifully written tale with great warmth, humour and emotional depth.Lou Clark has just lost her job in the Buttered Bun, but her struggling family need her to be working, thus when she is offered a care role she feels she has to take it even though she is unsure if she is the right person for the role.Will Traynor has had his life turned upside down after being hit by a motorcycle and being left quadreplegic; rich, talented and go-getting Will has to learn a different pace of life and he is struggling.Within a few pages I found myself easily visualising the characters and situations as carer and client gradually grow to know each other but the joy of this read is that not only do the lead characters spring off the page but so do the others - Lou's parents, her sister Treena, Will's physical carer - Nathan, Will's parents - and they all add to the story with an interesting twist being you have the odd chapter written from another point of view rather than just Lou's thoughts and ideas.This is a book that challenges your thinking and it would be a great choice for a book club as there is much to debate, whether you agree with it or not!I think there is another story to be explored [sequel?] as I would love to hear more from the internet group that Lou goes to for advice and as I suggested many will have different views on the moral debates that are sparked by the story but that doesn't take away from a great book that I feel is much more than the 'chick-lit' some are suggesting.

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I really enjoyed this book. The story line is most unusual, so it's an interesting read and most informative about what it's like to be paralysed and totally dependent on other people.I'd worked out the ending - and was wrong - which I really liked!

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After reading this, it stayed in my mind for a quite a while, that's quite an accomplishment for the author's achievement. The very funny moments were balanced with the heartbreaking passages and i dreaded the ending, wishing, like Lou, that there would be a miracle to rejoice. My only slight quibble that Will didn't have a chapter to himself on how he viewed, Lou, his family and Lou's lovely famiily. But that didn't change the wondeful story, for so difficult a subject, beautifully written. I can't recommend this enough.

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It is an AMAZING book; good story plot and characters. It may me questioned myself; will i let go of Will if i am Louisa or is it selfish of Will to even choosed the way he wanted. I feel so sorry for Louisa at the end of the book but at the same time; i feel relieve too.. for Will no longer need to suffer the way he was. The author managed to play the emotion of the reader; sad and angry to see the way Will's life is, happy when Will and Louisa is at each other throat and trying hard to understand the rationale of Will in choosing the option in the end. I cried with Louisa when she got to know about Will's intention, sad when Will attended his ex' wedding to his good friend, angry when Will outright rejected Louisa's confession and understanding of Will's predicament in the end.Overall, this is a superb book to read and one have to be ready from the emotional turmoil journey that the author will take you throughout the whole book!

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