Me Before You Kindle Edition by Jojo Moyes Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Me Before You is about a young woman who loses her job at a cafe and as a result finds it necessary to take a position as a care provider for a man who is quadriplegic due to a tragic accident. Louisa, the young woman, lives at home with her parents, her younger sister, and her nephew. The family financial situation is tight and her father's job is in jeopardy. When Louisa is offered a care giving position, she is quite apprehensive but she realizes her family is depending on her income and the position offered pays more than anything else she can find. Based on the summary, perhaps you think it is easy to imagine how the story will play out. Louisa Clark, the young caregiver, will meet her new charge. Their relationship will start off rocky and be full of challenges. He will be difficult, despondent, and at times downright morose. Louisa will do her best to help him overcome the obstacles he faces and help him have a better outlook on life. In the process, Louisa and Will, the aforementioned patient, will fall in love and live happily ever after. Right? Not at all... What I loved about this book is that it is not always predictable. The developing relationship between Will and Louisa is realistic and ever so complicated. It's easy to imagine the characters as living beings and more than simply words on a page. It's also very easy to get drawn into their story. I often found myself wondering what I would do if I was ever in either character's position. Decision making is difficult and this novel does a remarkable job demonstrating just how much so the process can be. Jojo Moyes is a wonderful writer and a fantastic storyteller. Me Before You is a mesmerizing read. It tackles some difficult subject matter and makes you really stop to think about how precious life is, why each day should be lived to the fullest and never taken for granted, and how everything you know and have come to expect can change in an instant. It has been some time since I have had a reading experience as intense as I did when I read this novel. There were times I laughed out loud and other times when I had tears streaming down my face. The final 75 pages filled me with so many emotions that I felt almost overwhelmed. I wanted to read on, needed to in fact, but yet was afraid as to what the final outcome of the story would be. I can say that in no way was I disappointed with the ending. It was poignant and beautiful. I would recommend this book to just about everyone. At the core, it's a beautiful love story, but it's also so much more. It's a story about the meaning of life and how we choose to live it. I loved this book and even weeks after I finished it, the story is still resonating with me. I know I won't forget Will or Louisa anytime soon.
Wow! The entire time that I was reading this book, it was on my mind almost constantly. It even visited me in my dreams. I truly flew through the pages in an effort to get to the end. This is the story of Louisa Clark and Wil Traynor. They come from opposite sides of the tracks. Lou is just an ordinary girl that has no real goals in life. She has worked in a small cafĂŠ for the past 7 years and now finds herself unemployed due to the cafĂŠ closing down. She really needs a job because her parents are having financial problems, and since she still lives with them, she feels that it is necessary for her to help them. Wil Traynor is a handsome, wealthy businessman that had a life changing accident two years ago that left him a quadriplegic. His mother runs an ad for a caregiver and ends up hiring Lou. Wil was very much into living the good life prior to the accident. Now he wants to kill himself instead of
spending the rest of his life in his wheelchair. He made a deal with his wealthy parents that he would wait 6 months before acting on the suicide. His mother hired Lou in hopes of changing Wil’s mind. At first Lou is unaware of this situation, but she quickly figures it out. AT first, Lou did not want anything to do with the situation. But, she soon gets caught up in it and finds herself constantly making plans in an effort to change Wil’s mind. Along the way, Lou falls in love with Wil. The entire story keeps you glued to the pages because you want to know if she manages to change his mind or not. Excerpts “Want to know the true definition of the triumph of hope over experience? He would say, “Plan a fun family day out.” Pg 140 “I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted.” Pg 164 “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
This unusual love story between a 26-year-old unemployed cafe worker-turned-caregiver and a 35-year-old quadriplegic is delightful, funny, warm, and honest. Jojo Moyes has crafted characters that you root for in Lou, the cafe worker who will take the job as a caregiver only if it doesn't involve wiping bums, and Will, who ended up as a quadriplegic two years ago after a motorcycle slammed into him on a rainy day. Will used to rule the corporate world and led a fast-paced life filled with wheeling and dealing during the day and women, travel, and vacations abroad on his off time. The switch to confinement in a wheelchair, only able to move his head and one hand a few inches, is at times unbearable. Lou has become the sole breadwinner for her family now that her father's laid off, since her mother stays home to take care of her grandfather, who's had a stroke. Lou's boyfriend, Patrick, is obsessed with his marathons and triathlons and can barely spare a minute for her. Somehow Will and Lou manage to connect and become unlikely friends, despite the differences in their lives. When Lou finds out that Will's decided to end his life in six months, with the grudging support of his parents, she sets out on a mission to convince him that life is worth living. Will she succeed? I loved this story because the characters were so fully developed and realistic. Lou's family is a mess and struggling to get by, Will's family is a mess even though they're rich, and they're each just trying to get through the day — until they discover that there can be more to life than surviving and living small, safe lives. I loved this book, which is about more than just falling in love. It's about the complex relationships within families, the responsibilities of children toward parents and parents toward children, and the challenges of living with serious disabilities. Yet while this sounds weighty, Moyes handles it with ease and tells a story so compelling that you keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. You'll recognize pieces of yourself somewhere in here, whether it's as a parent, a child, a person falling in love, or someone trying to figure out what she wants in life. I didn't want to put it down, and yet I wanted to leave the last 100 pages unread so that it wouldn't be over. This is the second great book I've read in 2013. (The first was The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell.
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