Me Before You is a romance novel written by Jojo Moyes. The book was first published on 5 January 2012 in the United Kingdom. A sequel titled After You was released 29 September 2015 through Pamela Dorman Books. A second sequel, Still Me, was published in January 2018
Twenty-six-year-old Louisa Clark lives with her working-class family. Unambitious and with few qualifications, she feels constantly outshone by her younger sister, Treena, an outgoing single mother. Louisa, who helps support her family, loses her job at a local café when the café closes. She goes to the Job Centre and, after several failed attempts, is offered a unique employment opportunity: help care for Will Traynor, a successful, wealthy, and once-active young man who was paralysed in a motorcycle accident two years earlier. Will’s mother, Camilla, hires Louisa despite her lack of experience, believing Louisa can brighten his spirit. Louisa meets Nathan, who cares for Will’s medical needs, and Will’s father, Steven, a friendly upper-class businessman whose marriage to Camilla is strained.
Louisa and Will’s relationship starts out rocky due to his bitterness and resentment over being disabled. Things worsen after Will’s ex-girlfriend, Alicia, and best friend Rupert reveal that they are getting married. Under Louisa’s care, Will gradually becomes more communicative and open-minded as they share experiences together. Louisa notices Will’s scarred wrists and later overhears his mother and sister discussing how he attempted suicide shortly after Camilla refused his request to end his life through Dignitas, a Swiss-based assisted suicide organisation. Horrified by his attempt, Camilla promised to honour her son’s wish, but only if he agreed to live six more months. Camilla intends to prove that, in time, he will believe his life’s worth living…
“When he emerges from the bathroom she is
awake, propped up against the pillows and flicking through the travel brochures that were beside
his bed. She is wearing one of his T-shirts, and
her long hair is tousled in a way that prompts reflexive thoughts of the previous night. He stands
there, enjoying the brief flashback, rubbing the
water from his hair with a towel.
She looks up from a brochure and pouts. She is
probably slightly too old to pout, but … ”
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