You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone but I hope you feel exhilarated too. ― Jojo Moyes
Once I finally gave in and read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes last year, I fell in absolute love! Such a different story than I’d ever read (or expected), so much better than your average beach-read, and BOY was it an emotional rollercoaster!
Then one magical day I heard the phrase “Me Before You sequel” and I knew I had to read it!
In preparation for After You, I set myself up for the perfect evening of reading… lit a candle, poured myself a large glass of wine (and kept the bottle handy), and made myself a plate of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies #basic. If this was going to be as amazing and emotional as the last one, I’d be ready!
Before I even get started on this review, I recommend/ encourage/ demand you read Me Before You BEFORE reading After You. Yes, you can “follow along” and don’t “have” to read the first book, but if you know the background story of the characters it’s much easier to dive in, and you know what questions went unanswered in the last book (because there was a long long list of them).
All of those unanswered questions came flooding back to me within the first few pages. What happened to Louisa Clark? What happened to Will’s mother? What did Louisa’s family have to say about the whole thing? How on earth would others view Will’s death?
I’ll admit, After Your wasn’t as good as the first book (sequels never are), but I still really enjoyed it. It had some great messages about letting go and moving on (but not forgetting).
A few things were a bit odd/random about this book: Louisa’s mothers spontaneous switch to Feminism… Louisa’s sisters lack of sympathy… Lilly’s mothers continual lack of concern for her drug using 16 year old daughter… No blood test ever done to Lilly to verify her story…. etc. But hey, all books have some of those far fetched aspects to them, don’t they?
The worst part about this sequel was that we’re left with new, unanswered questions as Louisa makes her way to New York… sigh
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
If After You doesn’t sound like a book you’d be interested in reading, take a look at all of Jojo’s other amazing creations! She is worth a read, no matter what book it is.
What did you think about After You? Love it? Hate it? Didn’t know it existed?