After You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You (Book #2)
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Viking Books, September 2015
Overall Rating: 3/5
*This is the sequel to Me Before You. Therefore, if you haven’t read Me Before You, I highly recommend you NOT read this review as it may contain spoilers for you.*
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.
1. Character Stability
I feel like Louisa very much stayed true to who she was as we have met her in Me Before You. This is great because it is often the case that characters change TOO much in sequels and causes a sense of unfamiliarity.
2. Writing Style
As it was in Me Before You, Jojo Moyes’ writing style remains easy to read.
I feel like the plot was very underwhelming. I felt like it was simply not enough to be its own novel. If this was not a sequel, and instead a standalone, it would have not been that great. The only reason I read it is because it was Louisa, a character I loved in MBY.
2. Character Development
There was very little character development. It was too slow for me personally.
Writing style: 4/5
I felt like this was an okay read. If it was a stand alone, however, I would not have liked it honestly. However, as a sequel, it does give me some closure to Louisa’s story, as I’m sure many of us want. Me Before You was such an overwhelmingly amazing read that I honestly did not expect After You to be as much… because I didn’t want to have false expectations. Even with that mindset, I found this book very underwhelming. I felt like the first half of the book was much better than the second half. We see Louisa deal with grief, and I commend Jojo Moyes for that part; however, I felt like the plot became a little jumbled as we continued on. Nevertheless, I think that if you really loved MBY, you should read this if you have a chance. However, don’t have too high of expectations because it might bias how you feel about this book.