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Me Before You: The international bestselling phenomenon Paperback – 5 Jan. 2012
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Discover the love story that captured 21 million hearts . . . from the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover, now a major motion picture
The No. 1 bestselling international phenomenon and major film adaptation.
'One of the most memorable books of the last decade' Woman & Home
'A timeless love story' Red
'The only book that ever made me cry - I wept so much I thought I might not stop!' Lisa Jewell
Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life?
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 teashop 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.
If you fell in love with Lou Clark, find out what she does next in After You and Still Me - out now!
'You simply have to read it' Closer
'Magical and heartbreaking . . . Waterproof mascara essential' Marie Claire
'A triumph' Elle
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You might have seen the film, but we promise the book is better - you won't be able to forget quirky Lou's joruney with Will as she becomes his caregiver and their relationship blossoms. You will be needing tissues ― Living North
Arm yourself with tissues for this incredibly emotional bestseller ― Best Special Series
Utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic ― Daily Telegraph
The only book that ever made me cry. I wept so much I thought I might not stop! -- Lisa Jewell
This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it ― Closer
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 timeless love story ― Red
Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other more than any other . . . Moyes does a majestic job ofconjuring a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling; Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take into their hearts as they did One Day's Emma and Dex ― Independent
A deftly plotted narrative populated with likeable engaging characters . . . A bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. A tremendous read ― Daily Mail
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- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (5 Jan. 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0718157834
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718157838
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Me before you follows Louisa Clark who gets a job as a carer for a Quadriplegic (when your paralysed from the neck down) Will who has an awful attitude and him and Louisa just do not like each other very much. Although as days and weeks past they become very close and builds a beautiful connection. This novel has such a beautiful story-line, with some amazing characters. I love Louisa’s spunky and spontaneous personality and throughout the book you can really connect to her, she has those ordinary girl next door vibes which I loved. Even though Will is paralysed from the neck down and can’t do nothing that he used too before the crash, he is so inspirational to Louisa, “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” (194) and shows her even though he’s stuck in a wheelchair and he thinks he can’t live his life to the fullest anymore, there’s nothing stopping Louisa to do so. Before going into this book I thought it was going to be one of those cheesy romance novels but it proved me wrong. Moyes shows in this novel that romance wasn’t actually her main aspects for it and that the novel is actually about two individuals from different worlds coming together, sharing adventures,new experiences and overall changing each others lives. It’s a heat-renching, emotional and romantic read, that I think all readers would love or should at least try.
PS: will definitely make you cry, so have some tissues ready.
It took me a few years to finally get around to reading this book. I knew it was a best seller and that it was popular but I had never checked what it was about - I prefer to go in without any preconceived ideas.
So, yes, it's ChickLit. And yes, I enjoyed it. And yes, my heart broke at the end.
And yes, I've read the thoughts of those people who believe that disability has been portrayed as something with which life isn't worth living.
Here's what I got from this book. I disagree with those people mentioned above. We all have thoughts and feelings of our own: thoughts and feelings that are formed as a result of upbringing, education, experience and others' influences. We are all unique and we each deal with life's crises in our own way. And we all affect other people with our decisions, often knowing of the life changing cards we'll be dealing to loved ones but unable to bring ourselves to open up a new deck.
So, no, I don't feel guilty for enjoying this book. It emphasised for me how quick we can often be to judge others without ever walking in their shoes. It showed me that Love has no rules and doesn't always mean 'happy ever after', but that we're all changed a little each time we experience it and that, often, our biggest decisions can only be made as a result of it.
A beautiful love story, well told, and incredibly thought provoking. Read it for yourself, make up your own mind and don't feel guilty for your reactions.
That said, the emotions described do feel authentic, and there is no straining for drama, it is all quite natural.
However, as a man-meets-woman romance it disappoints - there is no 'meet-cute', and other major elements of a love story are missing - which I don't want to say, or it would give away key plot points. Even though some elements of a romance - the castle, the travel to wonderful, far-flung locations - are there....?! I found this mix confusing.
So is it a contemporary, more 'realistic' love story? I'm not sure. I was left nonplussed.