Me Before You | Study Guide

Jojo Moyes

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Perspective and Narrator

Me Before You is written in the first person. The majority of chapters are written from the perspective of Lou Clark, one of the book's two main characters. Four chapters are from other characters' perspectives. The prologue is in the third person, from the perspective of Will Traynor, the book's other main character. The final regular chapter is a court document.


The novel is written in the past tense except for the prologue, which is in the present tense. Occasionally, when Lou Clark seems to address readers directly, sentences are in the present tense.

About the Title

The meaning of the title, Me Before You, is ambiguous. The words me and you could refer either to Lou Clark or Will Traynor. Moreover, the title could mean "me before I met you" or "putting myself before you." This ambiguity seems to be intentional as both meanings suit the story. In the end Will puts his own needs before Lou's.


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