Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Release date: September 23rd 2015
Started: April 2nd 2016
Finished: April 4th 2016
I was confused at the end of Me Before You. Not because of the book, but because even though I could not find major flaws, the story had no effect on me. Now, I am confused again. This time about the purpose of this book.
DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED ME BEFORE YOU (we could use a spoiler system! Even though I don’t give much information here)
I had enjoyed the epilogue of Me Before You, I felt it was the right ending to the story to let the reader imagine what would Lou do with herself after this life-changing experience. There was something hopeful and inspiring about her being in Paris. I believed it gave the whole story its purpose. It was actually my favorite part of the book.
You know that feeling when something is too good and you cannot help but wanting more? It usually ends up badly. That’s what happened with After You. The only feeling I got while reading was that it had been written only to ride on the wave of success created by Me Before You. The author seems to have thrown in every other typical/cliché stories without adding anything to make them special. They say nothing is new under the sun. Well, that is particularly true with this book. I will not get into details because I hate to spoil but Lily’s story really annoyed me. Was this really the only way to keep a connection to Will?
Lou was my second problem. I would have thought she’d learned something from everything that happened, but here she is, stuck again. Okay, in London rather than her hometown. Different place, same Lou. Several times, I found myself wanting to shake her up. Dealing with your emotions is a difficult task, but I really wanted to see Lou try.
Also, how many times can the perfect job opportunity present itself in a lifetime? It makes it kind of too easy, Lou doesn’t have to do anything, she doesn’t even need to try, a position comes up, right from thin air (wish that would happen to me!).
All characters from the first book are present in the sequel one way or another but I does not feel they are bringing anything to the story. It is more as if they’re merely here to fill the blanks and holes in chapters.
The new characters also give the feeling of being just out of the fresh-and-ready-to-use secondary character/love interest box. Special mention to Donna because we share the same name and it feels right to see a strong female character, even for a few paragraphs.
After You deals with grief, guilt, new love and moving on. You might like the sequel if you are curious about what happens to Lou or if you enjoy a bit of romance thrown in the middle of grief and rooftops.