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Review: Me Before You

October 3, 2013

Me Before You

Louisa Clark leads a quiet, predictable, and unassuming life.  She lives with her parents, has been dating the same fellow for seven years, and is comfortable in her job at the local cafe.  The cafe closes and Louisa scrambles to find another job since her family needs her income.  With few skills and a limited education she doesn’t have a lot of options and takes a job as a companion to Will Traynor.

Will lived life to the fullest until an accident left him a paraplegic.  Now he’s angry and bitter and doesn’t mind letting people know it.  Louisa refuses to coddle him, though, and they develop a fondness for each other.  Louisa is determined to make Will’s life worth living and throws herself into planning outings for them.  He has a different idea, though, and Louisa has to decide whose happiness should come first.

I may be the last person on Earth to read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and now I’m wondering what took me so long!  This fabulous book made me laugh, cry, and think, and it has stuck with me long after I turned the last page.  Full of heart and emotion, I found it difficult to put down.

The character development is top-notch and the dialogue is snappy.  Louisa is loving and earnest and easy to relate to.  Will is grumpy and irritable but also easy to relate to.  The story is fantastic too – I was engrossed from the very beginning.  It entertained me and made me think about the way we treat the handicapped.

I listened to the audio version of Me Before You – it is read by six different narrators, but Susan Lyons does the bulk of it – and it is fantastic!  I hung on every word!  The audio is on 12 CDs and lasts approximately 14 and a half hours.  In case you can’t tell, I loved this book and highly recommend it – just be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you read it.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
41 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2013 5:46 am

    I read a print copy – so good! A 2013 favorite to be sure.

  2. October 3, 2013 5:59 am

    I recommend the audio too!

  3. October 3, 2013 7:01 am

    Wasn’t it the best? I’m getting to ready to read another from her backlist.

  4. sandynawrot permalink
    October 3, 2013 7:02 am

    I really enjoyed the audio, and it was SUCH a wonderful story. It will be one of my top reads of the year for sure.

  5. October 3, 2013 7:02 am

    I must be the only one who hasn’t read this book:( glad u enjoyed it.

  6. October 3, 2013 7:56 am

    I’m looking forward to 6 hours alone in the car this weekend… it will be my time to FINALLY start listening to this book!

  7. October 3, 2013 7:59 am

    I loved this book too – I’d never have read it if not for the buzz, so I’m grateful for that. Glad you felt the same way!

  8. October 3, 2013 8:35 am

    Glad you liked this one. Not read this one yet.

  9. October 3, 2013 8:44 am

    No, I haven’t read it yet. It sits on my TBR so you are not the last person on earth to read this 🙂 Thank you for the lovely review, I really want to read this one now.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 3, 2013 8:46 am

    Nope. I haven’t either. I should get to it. 🙂

  11. Patty permalink
    October 3, 2013 10:28 am

    I have not read it yet either…and you have made me want to!

  12. October 3, 2013 10:48 am

    I too have not read this, but I love the authors work so I suspect I’ll enjoy it.

  13. October 3, 2013 11:02 am

    I have not read it either, but I did buy it for myself for my birthday. I really must take the time to sit down and read it.

  14. October 3, 2013 11:38 am

    Yes! Loved this audiobook too. Definitely sticks with you. Now to decide what Moyes book to try next.

  15. October 3, 2013 11:50 am

    You are not the last person to read it! I haven’t read it yet and probably won’t get to it this year with all that I have on my plate.

  16. October 3, 2013 12:13 pm

    This was a book I had reservations about picking up, but I loved it, too. The characterization was just wonderful, and it had me completely emotionally attached. 🙂

  17. October 3, 2013 1:05 pm

    It is a fantastic book and I was one of those who thought it wasn’t for me too.

  18. October 3, 2013 2:47 pm

    <i need to borrow it from the library

  19. October 3, 2013 3:13 pm

    Thanks for the great review. I hadn’t read it, passed it by several times, but now I just got it and hope to read it shortly.

  20. October 3, 2013 3:33 pm

    You’re not the last- I haven’t read it yet, but I read her newer on-The Girl You Left Behind- amazing! Moyes is becoming my new fav author. I will have to get this one-great review!

  21. October 3, 2013 3:36 pm

    This sounds highly emotional.

  22. October 3, 2013 4:31 pm

    Mine was a print copy, and I also loved it, wondering why it took me so long! Thanks for your review.

    I see you’re reading W is for Wasted…I just finished it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  23. October 3, 2013 5:19 pm

    Like Andi I hesitated before reading this last year but I’m so glad I did. Great story and characters. I did get a bit verklempt at the end but it was worth it! I really think readers who enjoyed WHAT ALICE FORGOT will love ME BEFORE YOU.

  24. October 3, 2013 6:09 pm

    I’m excited to hear that you enjoyed this one. You’re definitely not the last person to read it as I still haven’t read it. I tried it once but didn’t have time to get into it. So someday soon, I hope.

  25. October 3, 2013 7:26 pm

    Kathy, your enthusiasm for this one is infectious–I’d love to read or listen to this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

  26. October 3, 2013 7:53 pm

    You’re not the last one to read as I haven’t yet. I wanted to before listening to The Girl You Left Behind but time got away on me. Glad you loved it so much. I hope to listen to it soon.

  27. lab1990 permalink
    October 3, 2013 11:14 pm

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one…I STILL have not read this. I know I need too though! Thanks for the review.

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  28. October 3, 2013 11:53 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Our book club read it and had quite the discussion over the choices made in the book ~ tissues definitely necessary for the reading of this one!

  29. October 4, 2013 3:23 am

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  30. October 4, 2013 12:58 pm

    I’m glad to see the audio is good. I’ve got this one waiting for me but first I am listening to my scary October books for the RIP Event.

  31. October 4, 2013 3:01 pm

    I loved this one. I really need to try some of her other books.

  32. October 4, 2013 6:18 pm

    I’m so glad you finally got to it and even happier that you loved it so much!

  33. October 6, 2013 12:31 am

    I know I need to read this but when will I find the time?! I hope to start The Girl You Left Behind next week.

  34. October 6, 2013 9:17 am

    I loved this one too and thought about it for days after I finished it. I think I would love it even more on audio.

  35. October 6, 2013 4:27 pm

    Good to know that the audio is a winner, too. I look forward to “re-reading” via audio in the coming years. I LOVED this book!

  36. October 6, 2013 9:50 pm

    Take heart in knowing you aren’t the last person on earth to read it. I still have to pick it up and your review is putting the pressure on.

  37. October 7, 2013 10:12 pm

    I felt the same way about the printed book, so now you have me considering the audio version, because I know I’ll want to relive this book again. Beautiful review.

  38. October 8, 2013 12:46 pm

    You’re NOT the last person to read, as I haven’t even yet. Thanks for the wonderful review. Definitely going to seek this one out.

  39. October 9, 2013 6:25 pm

    I still haven’t read this one, but you’ve made me want to! I just read The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley and there’s a character who’s a paraplegic and plenty of discussion about how he manages.

  40. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:47 am

    Loved this book too. I bet audio was fantastic!

  41. November 1, 2013 4:50 pm

    I have a hardcover copy of this and am looking forward to it.

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