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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, discover the love story that captured over 20 million hearts in Me Before You, After You, and Still Me.

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 barely 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 and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, 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?

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Second time around....I just finished this book after i had read it years ago.... still loved every word..Score: 5/5

Ableist bookDisabled people are worthy of actually LIVING fulfilling lives full of love.Score: 1/5

Great read!Loved this book. The title character has a lot of the same insecurities that I have. An emotional roller coaster..Score: 5/5

Finished in 35 hoursI started this book not really knowing what I was getting myself into, but once I started I couldn’t stop. This book leaves you constantly wanting more, you can’t help but anxiously wait till they finally fall in love. Although the ending crushed me into bitter-sweet pieces, I cannot wait to read the next books. Thanks for opening my eyes!!.Score: 5/5

Heartbreaking but indescribably beautifulProbably one of the best books I've ever read.Score: 5/5

DecentI read the sample and it was a flop, but the movie made it to be better than it was so it is decent.Score: 3/5

I Loved ItI purchased several books to help me slip away mentally during the COVID-19 crisis. I had seen the movie and was not impressed. But for some reason, I felt the need to read the book. The book is always better and it was on sale. Why not? I could not put this book down! I fell in love with the characters. While reading this book I did not think about social distancing, face masks, gloves, deaths, shelter in places, and COVID-19. It was just me, Will and Louisa. I have got to watch the movie again. I will appreciate it more..Score: 5/5

😊😊😊😊An emotional book but a great one of love and loss..Score: 5/5

AmazingGet the Kleenex and chocolate ice cream ready. Wow just wow..Score: 5/5

A Thought-Provoking EscapeI truly enjoyed this story, full of strong, memorable characters tackling tough unspeakable topics. Well-written in an engaging, unique style, JoJo made it easy for the reader to personally connect with the cast and feel empathy for each of their circumstances and perspectives. It’s the classic “you never know what you will do till you walk in the other persons shoes” tale. The richness of the novel comes from the way the author weaves each of the supporting characters viewpoint (from their own frailties and life mistakes)into the main plot line. Genius! It makes me want to.Score: 5/5

Loved it.Exceptional...loved it, and had tissue box available. It's a 2-5 tissue book. Have not seen movie yet..Score: 5/5

AmazingReally good book.Score: 5/5

An unexpected gift of a bookI was familiar with the title & remembered that a movie had been made from it. I had wanted to see the movie, but never did. Now, I’m actually glad I didn’t because I got to enjoy the book all on its own. It’s a beautiful book. It deals with a hard subject, a dynamic young man, rich, spoiled, & living a life of adventure, women, & even hard work. Then he was hit by a motorcycle & his life was instantly changed. He’s now a paraplegic with very limited movement in his shoulders & 1 hand. He has no Will to live, instead wanting very much to choose death. His mother hires a companion for 6 months with no explanation for why it’s only a 6 month job. Their story of finding their way to a deep & abiding friendship & love is entirely captivating. It’s a dark subject that’s handled with great care & it’s not a depressing book as you’d expect. I highly recommend it..Score: 5/5

By Adventures with BrianneWhat an amazing book. Jojo just captures the readers attention right off of the bat and continues to amaze you with her writing skills throughout the whole book. Let me warn you though, you will want a box or two of tissues! It was a book I was unable to put down. I started it Sunday morning and finished the book by that afternoon. I loved this story and would recommend the book to anyone who is a book lover. It has such an amazing message and really gets you to think. Cannot wait to read another Moyes book!.Score: 5/5

GreatLove this book! I laughed and cried. I have read a number of Jojo Moyes books..Score: 5/5

Kleenex neededI decided to read the book before I go see the movie. I loved the previews of the movie, I thought it might be better to read and compare. Also I know now to take a box of Kleenex with me! This book is incredible, riveting and really makes you wonder what you'd do in that position. She's braver than I would be..Score: 5/5

Be prepared to cryThis book was so enduring, that you are able to feel all of Louisa’s emotions. It has been a while that a story has got me so involved. If you have the time I definitely recommend you give this a read!.Score: 5/5

Thought provoking***May be a little spoilery to some people*** This was a very touching book that left me both parts sad and happy. In just six short months, Will and Clark lived a lifetime of happiness. I felt like the book showed a very realistic side to Will's daily struggles. Even when he was at his happiest with Clark, he was still in pain/sad. My favorite part of the book was when they went to the wedding together. They were truly happy, but it also showed the struggle for Will too because while he wanted Clark to cut loose and have fun, he still needed someone to look after him (which he hated but never let Clark see). He was so happy but as soon as Clark went home, he let his guard down and we saw how much pain he really was in. That one scene made me realize what chose he ultimately was going to make. I really enjoyed the book though. I loved all the effort Clark put in and i liked the chat groups she joined to get more ideas from other quads. I loved that Clark grew and opened up so much. While I don't agree with Will's decision, this book made me understand it. So while it was sad, I was also happy that Will and Clark had those six months together. Great book..Score: 5/5

Me before youThis was really easy reading a heart felt story and I couldn't set down the book! Loved it.Score: 5/5

Review: Me Before You 1: Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes is the first book in her series, Me Before You . This is the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. It is powerfully emotional, quite heartbreaking but also leaves you with a sad but wistful happiness at the end (read as: Not a TOTAL tragedy, but grab your tissues!) If you have seen the movie, you already know. If not - be prepared for the emotional wringer. Lou is a bit of a mess when we first meet her. She is in denial about the standstill that her life is at and is happy in that denial. Taking the caregiver job out of sheer desperation, she finds herself in a unique and uncomfortable position but when she finally breaks down Will's surly resistance we see that even he cannot resist her charm. Will is a heartbreaking leading character. His quadriplegia has taken away from him every single one of the pleasures he enjoyed in life prior to the accident and left him in pain and with the need to rely on someone 24-7 for help with even the smallest of tasks. Lou absolutely charms the surliness right out of him but her contract is only for six months and there is a reason for that. As I watched the movie before I read the book, the entire time I was able to envision the actors while reading. The movie follow closely while, obviously, not containing all the intricacies that was Lou & Will's relationship. I am beyond pleased that I read the book and will be diving into the next too right away... After You and Still Me. Enjoy!.Score: 5/5

Me before you is spectacular!This isn't your average romance novel. It's quite different from the rest which makes it an amazing book. You can't simply let it down but you don't want the book to end. Lou and Will are fascinating characters. It's a heartbreaking romance novel and it's not your average one where they break up and then go through "adventures" and end up together again. I love the movie but I love the book a bit more..Score: 5/5

DullEasy reading, simple and basic, predictable. Thought this must be for preteens. Not worth $9.99..Score: 2/5

Book!It waz good.Score: 5/5

READ DIS BOOK I just can’t stop crying—plz halp meI just finished reading this book and I do not have any words to explain it. Let’s put it this way. This is probably the most I have ever cried for a fictional character. I recommend this book to anyone with a soul or anyone that wants to feel like they have a soul. Look, jus read the gosh darn. It’ll make you laugh, cry (a lot), smile and smirk, and give you all the feelz. And if you have even smallest heart in your body you would scream at Will for making you feel that way. Just read this book. P.S. I’m not lying about that still crying. I’m actually crying while I’m writing this. If I could attach a photo of my dripping face I would, just to show you what this book did to me. Ok bai.Score: 5/5

Me Before You.....I LOVE ITJust wow.....Jojo Moyes your work has truly moved me..Score: 5/5

OmgThis isn’t your normal happily ever after romance. This is heartbreakingly real and you will be engaged in the story till the very end.Five stars all the way.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.Score: 5/5

Great readReally enjoyed this..Score: 5/5

TerrificThis is perfect for a hopeless romantic but have your tissues ready. By the end, you will be in tears..Score: 5/5

EngrossingTear jerking, page turning completely enveloping story!! I LOVED it!!! Bravo! Book hangover...where I can't move on just yet..Score: 5/5

Loved it!Loved it, it was beautiful and I could not put it down..Score: 5/5

Me Before YouExcellent... I loved it....I just kept on reading and could not put it down! Can’t wait to start her next one now..Score: 5/5

Love love loveThis book will give you all the feels. One of the fastest books I’ve ever finished.Score: 5/5

Mixed with EmotionsI knew that once I began to read this book that I wouldn't put it down. I also knew that there was a movie out but I knew I had to read the book first just so that I can put a face to the characters. I'm sad. I'm angry. I'm confused. Literally couldn't stop crying for five minutes after I finished reading.This was a great book. Good love story with a bittersweet ending..Score: 5/5

Me Before YouI couldn't stop crying at the end. It's heartbreaking story. Now let's watch the movie..Score: 5/5

AmazingCould not put this book down. One of the best books I've ever read. I read it all in a day!.Score: 5/5

Loved this book❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.Score: 5/5

Excellent story actors & presentationI was reluctant to watch what I thought might be a boring old romance novel. I was wrong. This is a different kind of story, well told by the actors and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wondered, in fact, if it might actually be based on fact. In any case, it's not been a waste of time at all (because I saw it weeks ago and parts of it still crop to mind occasionally). My husband watched it with me (and he's not into "chick flics") and HE said it was a very good movie as well..Score: 5/5

Me before youI found more that half the book to be slow going, and was not going to finish it. It def picked up in last 200 pages! I had a hard time seeing Will put an end to his life!.Score: 3/5

Not just a romanceA story that would make you laugh and make you cry, made you think about who you are and what you want. You don't have to loss in order to learn what is important, read this book and you will find a new way to live your life..Score: 4/5

Me Before YouI hate reading, but I loved this book. The author writes so passionately and almost paints a picture in your mind..Score: 5/5

BooksCool.Score: 5/5

Absolutely mesmerizingI really don't know what to say about Me before you. It's amazing, mesmerizing, heartbreaking, it's true to life. It's in touch with real life. It's eye-opening and a must read in my humble opinion. Some topics aren't easily discussed and they're definitely hard to comprehend, but still, we all need to step out our comfort zones and experience life to the fullest..Score: 5/5

💜I'm absolutely in love with this book. I sat down and read it all in one day. I just couldn't put it down! Tore my heart right from my chest but such an incredible book!❤️.Score: 5/5

It’s good so farLove the book.Score: 5/5

Phenomenal!!!I just finished the book and I cried unbelievably hard at the ending. Amazing story!!.Score: 5/5

Get a box of tissue.Just finished the book and I am a mess! Tears uncontrollably streaming down as I'm writing this review. God, I'm so heartbroken!.. It's a great book, it just really hits you in the end..Score: 5/5

Pretty GoodI found me before you very enjoyable. I loved Lou and her fresh voice. She was different in a way that made you stop and look twice at her. I hated though how her family treated her. Her father was horrible to her constantly making horribly offensive jokes about her, her weight, her not being smart enough. To say the least his lack of respected for his daughter was horrific but other than that the book was great and the character development was amazing. Truly a literary masterpiece or romance and heartbreak that really does leaving you asking yourself "would it be better to survive or to let go?"..Score: 4/5

Loved!! Just what I needed.We all need a reminder of what we're here to do--this was a wonderful book for that. Well written and no lulls. Great read..Score: 5/5

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Life changingLife changing. Do it. Best 10 bucks ever..Score: 5/5

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My opinionsThis book brought me to tears! Its a story that will be in your mind for a ling time because its not an ending that you imagine. Its a book were it faces reality of people being disabeled and how they feel about it. I find that wasting 9$ on this book is worth it. Even after finishing the book, im still crying on how sad or amazing the book has ended! my tears can be happy or sad. i highly recommend this book!.Score: 5/5

Difficulty with Will's decisionWhile I did finish reading the book, I had extreme difficulty with Will's viewpoint that life wasn't worth living if he had to live in a wheelchair. What an incredibly ableist, biased, and potentially dangerous viewpoint. I'm surprised there isn't more outcry about this..Score: 1/5

Wonderful novelI read the entire book in 2 days. I couldn't put it down. You will experience laughter, you will cry, you will maybe question your morals regarding certain sensitive topics... You may also end up drinking a gin and tonic when you reach the last page... who knows. But I'm certain you will love it!.Score: 5/5

Me before youGreat book..Score: 5/5

Excellent!I loved it! A great story you will enjoy reading but learn something from as well..Score: 5/5

AmazingHe's book I've read.Score: 5/5

Me Before YouBeing disabled myself with the same level of injury as one of the main characters I was curious to read this book. I enjoyed the story but the details of living with quadriplegia are so off base in so many ways. I too use a power wheelchair however I AM ABLE to feed myself, brush my hair, pour myself a drink and so many other things. Myself and many other people I know with the same level of injury lead very active lives. We marry, have children, work, volunteer, are involved in many sports like skiing, scuba diving, etc. Our homes look like homes. They are warm and inviting - not a sterile environment like Will's home was portrayed. In my twenty years living with quadriplegia I have not known one person in the same circumstances who has even attempted suicide. I would definitely not recommend anyone who was newly injured to read this book!.Score: 3/5

So good!Loved it!!.Score: 5/5

Me before youWhat a good book. I could not put it down.i highly recommend this book. Love you Will..Score: 5/5

Hard one to put down!Such a wonderful read that I couldn't put it down! I loved the movie and the book didn't disappoint. Now onto After You.....Score: 5/5

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