After You by Jojo Moyes
After You is a sequel to Moyes’ bestselling Novel, Me Before You. I absolutely adored Me Before You…it was one of my favorite reads of 2015 (posted about that HERE) and I was very excited to read the sequel.
If you haven’t yet read Me Before You, you should most likely read that before reading this as there are definitely spoilers in this story about the first. Plus, it’s just an excellent book…but be forewarned…get a large box of tissues first. 😉
After You is all about Louisa Clark and her trying (unsuccessfully) to put her life back together and move on from her days with Will Traynor. Toward the beginning of the book, Louisa suffers a pretty devastating accident and is forced to move back home with her parents to recuperate. While there, she must face some of the memories and people that she had been running from for the past 2 years. Louisa also meets someone from Will’s distant past that will ultimately help her move on and heal.
After You was just okay for me. I’m not really sure if my expectations were just too high since I loved Me Before You so much, but I didn’t love this book nearly as much as the first. However…I’m still glad that I read it and I feel that most people who read and loved Me Before You will likely want to read this sequel. You can’t really compare the two…this book is not nearly as emotional or heart wrenching as the first, but has it’s good points. I really enjoyed the perspective about dealing with grief and how different that can look for different people. After You was a little bit of a slower read for me and I didn’t find myself devouring it like I did the first book, but it was still a nice story.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars