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Book Review: After You, Jojo Moyes

After You
Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin
Format: eBook
Pages: 411
Release date: September 23rd 2015
Started: April 2nd 2016
Finished: April 4th 2016
Rating: 2/5

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/clichΓ© 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-useΒ  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.

27 thoughts on “Book Review: After You, Jojo Moyes

  1. I just got this book today and I am excited about it because I liked Me Before you. I do hope to enjoy it though. I am sorry you didn’t like it though 😦

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    1. I hope you enjoy it more than I did πŸ™‚ I did not connect to Me Before You, so I wanted to give the sequel a try but it only confirmed my idea. Perhaps it can be a nice read if you liked Me Before You. Let me know what you think of it!

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  2. I absolutely loved Me Before You so was a bit wary of reading After You and left it a while. I think this gap between the two books helped and I actually really enjoyed After You. I don’t think it was as good as Me Before You but somehow I just connected with a lot of the emotions in it. I could definitely understand the feeling that you’re not making the most of your life and the guilt around what lost loved ones would make of that. I think I ended up crying pretty much the whole way through.

    I will admit though I wasn’t that keen on the Lily storyline or overly impressed with the romance.

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  3. I’ve heard so many good things about Me Before You! I’m sorry it had no effect on you. I know what you mean, I had a similar experience with A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows. (*runs off to hide in darkness*) I enjoyed them and at the same time I didn’t. It’s very confusing. Perhaps our expectations were too high?

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    1. I’m relieved someone understands me πŸ™‚ Yes, I think it has to do with the expectations created by the hype and the amound of people who loved the books. It’s like you’re pressured to have the same feelings. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons I could not connect to it.

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  4. I’m probably going to skip reading your entire review, because you said it coild be spoilery. Hehe. I tried reading it before, but ended up dnfing it. I’m pretty excited about the movie though because of… Sam Claflin… holy hell. I love that guy.

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    1. I would not want to spoil your read with details so it’s better if you close your eyes hard, haha! I don’t explain it to myself but I’m excited about the movie too, although I don’t know Sam Claflin! I remember recognizing lots of actors in the trailer, it’s always fun.

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    1. Me Before You is definitely a solid candidate for the hype list! I blame the hype around it for my heightened expectations and my big disappointment

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      1. I think it’s on there but I’ll have to double check. All of these hype books lately are really turning out to be just that. I blame the movie trailer and the fact that Sam Claflin is in it for the reason I even entertained the idea of seeing the movie or reading the book. I loved him as Finnick in The Hunger Games. It seems like it would be a depressing book though. That’s most of the reason why I held off on that one.

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        1. Oh my, Sam Claflin is Finnick? haha, I did not realize, his name did not ring a bell and during the trailer I kept recognizing everyone but him! The book is supposed to make you cry (I’m still waiting but I don’t have a heart xD) so it’s better to watch your mood before starting it

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          1. I don’t usually use emojis but for Finnick 😍😍. You’re like me then. I’m not a crier either. Of all the sad books I’ve read, only The Fault in Our Stars made me cry. When I read, “I don’t have a heart,” I instantly thought of “If I only had a heart” from The Wizard of Oz, and then I started signing the song. Haha!

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              1. What???? I’m crying on the inside πŸ™‚ I love that movie. It’s my all time favorite. You should watch it. Judy Garland’s voice is wonderful. If you like musicals and can deal with the fact that it looks ancient, you’ll love it.

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                1. See, you’re a crier in the end! πŸ˜€ I’ll get it! I am trying to educate myself in terms of movies. I also have Rebecca to watch, as well as the shitty Monday movie you recommended.

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                    1. I’ll check out Silicon Valley too, I’m always in need of shows to watch. Rebecca is the adaptation of the book, it’s one of the few classics I enjoyed so I’m giving old movies a try too.

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  5. I love Me Before You, so when I saw mixed reviews on After You, it made me apprehensive on picking up After You. I want to stay in that ‘good’ little bubble of how MBY made me feel before it’s ruined with something else.

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    1. Then I’d stay away from After You if I were you, until you feel you can let go of the bubble, or become too curious about what happens next! πŸ™‚

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