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Romantic, poignant and endearingly honest throughout, Me Before You is the bittersweet tale of an unusual but powerful love. Often funny, sometimes bitterly sad, it won't leave you the same person you were when you began.
Shortlisted for: Popular Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 37 minutes|
|Narrator||Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, Alex Tregear, Owen Lindsay, Andrew Wincott|
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|Audible.co.uk Release Date||01 January 2012|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,810 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
40 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
82 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
93 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2020
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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.