⊗ If you haven’t read Me Before You, note that there are spoilers for After You in this review. ⊗
Holy!!!! I can’t believe I forgot to review the sequel to “Me Before You”.
I am truly glad that Jojo Moyes decided to write this sequel! while Will Traynor‘s story end within the previous book, Louisa Clark‘s continue..she’s got a whole life ahead of her and it was exciting and thrilling to know how to it was with no guesses.
I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book, (most comparing it to Me Before You) and I totally get it..MBY was AMAZIIIING!! I fell in love with the characters just as well. HOWEVER, this book is NOT Me Before You.
Lou and Will had me crying and laughing altogether while reading their story. They became real to me and I missed them as soon as I finished and I cried reading Will‘s letter where he says his goodbyes.
“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
When someone too important in your heart and life is gone, you may have the thoughts being happy without them is disrespectful their memory, but that is not the case. Everybody deserves to be happy, and keeping that person’s memory in your mind and heart is already honorable enough. And like how life doesn’t have “endings”, you never stop to meet new people. In After You, Louisa will meet several new people making impacts on her life, and you have to keep in mind that not all impacts are negative 😉
This book ties up all loose ends in Lou’s life. It is pretty enjoyable seeing Lou as lovable as ever, but a certain playful and cheerful spark has disappeared along with Will’s..
So many people loved Lou and wanted to know what happened to her. Then when they are told what happened, they automatically compare it to the first one that they loved and are disappointed. Remember that a book that you fall deeply in love with is a rare gem.
This book was a good story on its own. If not comparing the two and only looking at After You for its own merits, it is a good story. It showed Lou’s struggle with moving on, how she was stuck, and how she grew. I enjoyed meeting new characters (Sam, Donna, Jake, Lilly…etc) and liked watching Louisa’s life expand.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and think it is worth a read.
Please kep in mind if you intend to read it, this is not Lou and Will’s story. This is LOU’s story of growth … Lily’s story of growth, as both learn how to move on from their pasts.