Me Before You

Book review by Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Moving story of a quadriplegic and his quirky caregiver.

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age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

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This book was absolutely amazing! Perfect for any kid over the age of 11!

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Luiza Stefanova

Review Me before you is the first novel in the book series trilogy by British writer Jojo Moyes. A romantic novel , which you won't be able to put down. The story in this book is about Louisa Clark , ordinary young girl ,who lives with her parents. One day she loses her job at the local cafe. Desperate for finding a job ,she goes to the Job centre ,where after several failed interviews, she ends up working for a successful, wealthy, and once-active young man Will Traynor, but now he is wheelchair-boundafter an motorcycle accident. Will has always lived on the edge , extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he does now. Louisa doesn't have any experience in this work area, but his mother thinks that she may help for brighten his spirit. Louisa and Will's relationship starts not so good ,because of his bitterness and despair over being disabled. However gradually things between them happen to be more friendly. And day after day she seem to brings a sunny days for him. But unfortunately for his family and Louisa, he does not change his mind about what he has to do with his life. The good thing in this book is the unexpected end. When the story begins, everybody thinks "another love story with a happy ending." Instead, Jojo Moyes breaks down the notions of romantic novels by introducing a totally different story to two youngsters, one boiling for life, and the other unobtrusive ready to turn the most sunny landscape into a dark, gray picture. And when these two worlds collide, they gradually merge into one short adventure, full of different emotions, joy, anger, fear, laughter, and a pinch of love. And last but not least, the book gives us a different perspective to look at the different points of view of the main characters. And that every person has his own story that has made him the person who stands before you. Sometimes nothing can change the way you want to live or not live.

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