Book Club Kit: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

Book Club Kit Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Book Club Kit

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Please be aware going into this post that it is for people who have read the book and therefore contains some spoilers.

About the book


Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre: Romance, Women`s fiction

Number of pages: 369

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143124544
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143124542
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0065GC0BA

Published: January 2012

Purchasing links:  Amazon - Barnes and Noble 


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Book Synopsis


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 StarsMe 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?


About the Author

Jojo Moyes, Author of  Me Before You

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex.



Author Interviews


Thea was generous enough to let me be on set, which I know doesn't always happen, and so we kept working the whole way along, it's been completely collaborative. 'Me Before You' Author & Director on Translating the Tearjerker from Page to Screen

I tried all sorts of settings for this book. I drove all over Scotland, trying to find a castle and a small town that would "fit." It was essential that Lou came from a small town, rather than a city, because I live in one myself and I'm fascinated by the way that growing up in one can be the greatest comfort—and also incredibly stifling. I wanted a castle because it was the purest example of old money rubbing up against ordinary people. Britain is still incredibly hide-bound by class, and we only really notice it when we go to a place where it doesn't exist in the same way, like the U.S. or Australia. I needed the class difference between Will and Lou to be clear. Check out the rest of the interview by Book Browse here.


Book Reviews


My Review of Me Before you by Jojo Moyes.

The character development is amazing. I fell in love with Lou’s fun, witty, sarcastic character and she brought on so much life in this book. Read the full review by @suckerforcoffe


Reading this book was entertaining. It was funny, not boring at all, fast paced, very meaningful and I love how Lou and Will’s relationship developed. Read the full review by @jessica_tay27

Jojo Moyes’s brilliant but heartbreaking novel, Me Before You, plays upon readers’ emotions with its engaging and realistic characters, unconventional love story, and thought-provoking plot concerning the struggles of quadriplegia. Moyes inspires an unrestrained enthusiasm for life and its adventures and instructs readers to “live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle…just LIVE.” Read the full review by @DiscoverLourdes

The story line of this novel is the most moving I have ever read. It makes you think about what it would really be like to be completely paralysed, which I doubt many people have seriously considered. This book gives you an insight into what life might be like for those with physical disabilities but also those around them. Read the full review by @WhatsHotBlog

My expectations of this book were that it was going to be a lot more slushy and romantic than it was. As a hopeless romantic, I have no shame in admitting that I adore any “love conquers all” kind of storyline, however Jojo Moyes cleverly writes this book in a way which has its romantic moments, but also does not pretend love can solve everything. Read the full review by @AmyRoseBuckle

Discussion Questions


What are your thoughts about organisations like Dignitas

Do you feel your views about assisted suicide have changed after reading the book?

Were you able to relate to the way Will felt after his accident?

If you were Louisa, would you have quit working for the Traynors? If yes, at what point?

If Louisa had never accepted her job with the Traynors, do you think she would have continued to be in a relationship with Patrick?

How would the story have been affected if part of it was told from Will’s point of view?

Will tries to change the way Louisa views the rest of the world. While Louisa is unsuccessful in changing his plans, does she succeed in changing anything about Will? 

If you were going to give the book a different title, what would it be?

Which scene stuck with you the most and why?


Quotes from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

“Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

“I will never, ever regret the things I've done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”

“You are scored on my heart,Clark. You were from the first day you walked in,with your ridiculous clothes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.”

“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life--or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else's life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window--is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”

 

Book Club Kit Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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