Okay, so months after I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I decided to read “After You,” the sequel. It still follows the story of Louisa Clark, years after the end of “Me Before You.”
As seen in Goodreads, here’s a brief synopsis of the book:
“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.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
I would say that it was quite enjoyable just not as engaging as the first one except for some of the more fast-paced parts. I would not give out any spoilers but there are some pretty exciting scenes so look forward to those. However, I feel like After You did not leave as big an impression as Me Before You did. To be honest, I was fine with not knowing what Louisa Clark did with her life after Me Before You. By the end of the first book, I was convinced that Louisa would eventually find her own way with the help of Will’s loving memory pushing her to move forward no matter what. I’m not saying that’s not what happened in After You but I feel like her story was concluded right there and then.
Anyway, the book was not such a bad read. Not at all. It had a pretty solid story with the introduction of new characters that would affect Louisa’s life in big ways. For those who felt Me Before You was too short, definitely read this sequel. It might give you the closure you’re looking for.
NinthMelody rating: 7/10