- Published: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2012.
- Year Published: 2012
- Description: 369 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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Me before you
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"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 a motorcycle 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? "-- Provided by publisher.
Moyes is not a glorious or cerebral writer; however, she is a great storyteller. She creates and colors in her characters well. The main characters were interesting and ultimately fully dimensional. You come to care about them deeply. Mostly, the story is told well, building subtle sub-themes and propelling toward the finish. The only odd part of its form were the few chapters sprinkled throughout the book that were told from a different character's point of view. It was interesting in that it provided more depth and perspective, but it was disconcerting and a bit confusing. I also had some trouble matches chronological details, such as figuring out which sister was older, and what happened when in the past. However, my interest in the story was such that I didn't want to take the time to review for these answers. I could easily overlook my questions and move on with the plot.
Overall, a lovely beach-side novel, with more depth and complex issues than most. A little bit of triteness, but that is easily compensated for by the interesting characters and well-developed pacing of the story. Enjoy!
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