Published by: Pamela Dorman Books
Published on: December 31, 2012
Page Count: 384
My Reading Format: Review copy picked up at BEA
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook
Summary from the Publisher
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose.
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
I first heard of it from an international Twitter follower who praised the audiobook up and down. When I researched it, I learned that this was a title that was first released later in the United States. For some reason – I like to think destiny – I never forgot about the recommendation. When I saw a copy available at BEA last year, it was like seeing a long lost friend in a crowd. I politely as possible worked my way over to the dwindling stack of copies and picked one up before they were gone. Thank goodness for the bright red cover and for Twitter peeps spreading the love for good books.
I loved Lou and the way that she sloppily found her purpose in life. Despite her less than ideal family, she makes the most of a difficult job. She isn’t content to do a minimum required to get by in any job. Despite Will’s less than sunny outlook on his situation, she does everything in her power and imagination to be the best caregiver she can be. Because she puts her all into her position, it is inevitable that Will becomes more than just a job. That working with him brings her personal satisfaction just increases her need to bring him happiness. As a reader, I was there for every argument, humiliation, smile, and moment of joy. I was so involved that I never wanted to put down. I didn’t have the luxury of reading it straight through, but it was on my mind when it wasn’t in my hands.
Words cannot describe how much I loved this novel. I can’t remember the last time a book made me cry like Me Before You did. I will most definitely be rereading this in audio since that was what first brought it to my attention. I will also be checking out JoJo Moyes’ backlist. Me Before You was a great find on so many different levels. This is a book that will touch your heart and make for lively book club discussions. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. It’s a keeper.