Me Before You

Me Before You

By: Jojo Moyes (author)Paperback

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Preorder The Stunning Sequel To Me Before You, After You, Now. This is the heartbreaking novel of the year from Jojo Moyes proves you're never too old or young to cry. 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. 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 Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind and the Sunday Times number 1 bestselller The One Plus One. Me Before You has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and went to the top of the charts in 9 countries, including in Germany where it held the number 1 slot for 46 weeks. She is one of the few authors to have had 3 novels on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time. A major film adaptation of Me Before You, starring Sam Clafin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), is currently in production. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children. 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 disarmingly moving love story...a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling." (Publishers Weekly). "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). "Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling." (Easy Living). "Compelling, moving and absorbing. It's also a real weepie." (Daily Express). "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). "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 question." (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). "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' 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' 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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Richard and Judy's Reviews

Richard's Review

Richard's Review
One of the reasons I so enjoyed this novel is that it tackles a very modern dilemma. If a disabled young man feels his life is over, then no matter how much those around him - his parents, his friends - love him and want to help, is he justified in deciding his own fate, even if that means those left behind will be desolated? There have been a number of reports in the media lately of how seriously ill or disabled people (especially paralysed young men) feel they cannot face life, and opt to end theirs. This is, as Judy says, a real love story. Will and Lou are star-crossed lovers. They make each other happy, but for Will, that happiness is not enough. Lou has to face and accept his ultimate decision about his future, no matter how much she loves him. But I don't want to give the impression that Me Before You (which we both loved) is mostly sad and painful, because in parts it's extremely funny. Lou's working-class family, and Will's upper-class, snooty mother, are sharply and hilariously observed. It's a very powerful and emotional novel, full of insight into people's lives. We think it is a perfect read - uplifting, but also tragic. Precisely the elements the best romantic stories are made of.

Judy's Review

Judy's Review
This book is compelling, moving and totally absorbing. It is also a true romance, a real weepie. Louisa (known as Lou) is 26. A working-class girl, her family (mum, dad, granddad and sister Treena, who is a single parent to little Tom) depend on her meagre wage from the Buttered Bun, a cafe where Louisa has worked for six years. To her shock she is suddenly made redundant. She knows her family need her to earn and desperately starts looking for another job. After a few false starts, she reluctantly accepts a position as carer to a young man who is paralysed as a result of a terrible accident, in which he was mowed down by a motorcyclist on a busy, wet morning in London. Will Traynor is young, handsome, rich, upper-class, and before his accident had a high-flying career in the city. Then, in one shattering moment, his life is ruined. Resentful, convinced he has no future, he is full of anger. Will Traynor is not a very nice young man. When Lou meets him, there is instant mutual dislike. She is an ordinary girl from a poor family, while he is an arrogant guy from a very different, moneyed world, who feels his life has been poisoned by the accident. He is forced to witness his former girlfriend's new relationship with his old friend, as they visit him to commiserate, but also to make it clear that she has moved on. However, as Lou and Will get to know each other, their relationship becomes deep and profound. This book is very much a romance, and also terribly moving. Expect tears. Keep the tissues handy.

About 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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Product Details

  • publication date: 05/01/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780718157838
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9780718157838
  • weight: 362
  • ISBN10: 0718157834

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