[578]: After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You / Jojo Moyes

Me Before You is a tough act to follow. I admire Ms. Moyes for her courage in attempting to do so. Unfortunately, fans of the book will find it hard to say that this book was just as great. And I would gladly debate with anyone who says so.

It’s hard to read this book and not feel like crying whenever Will’s name is mentioned. It’s even harder when Louisa starts reminiscing about all the things that made Will, Will. My chest aches for the person that he was. In that way, I feel wholly connected to Louisa. Because, dammit. I’m not over him. After all these years, Will remains one of those unforgettable characters that gives me a lump in my throat. He inspired poetry. He forced me to think about what I would do given his situation. He was a paraplegic who was larger than life. Who knew that his second lease in life was not life at all. 

We find Louisa living a semblance of life. But with all her posturing, she knows – we know – it was all a lie. When a person from Will’s unknown past found her, her life was once again set on a tailspin. Louisa, ever the loving, caring, kind, maddeningly selfless Louisa, would once again put her life on hold for the sake of this person. She is every bit unchanged; tentatively courageous who places everyone’s needs before her own. In this book, she’s given a second chance at love, but Will is, like this book, a tough act to follow. He is a presence that overpowers Louisa’s every thought and every emotions. And perhaps this is one of the reasons why a sequel to Me Before You was a bad idea. It didn’t give me closure. All it did was rubbed salt to my pestering wounds. 


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Pamela Dorman Books | Hardcover | Sep 29th, 2015 | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

  • I loved Me Before You, it’s such a disappointment to hear After You isn’t as good! I recently got One Plus One from the library, I’m excited to start reading it soon 🙂

    Best,

    https://www.theliterarycove.wordpress.com

  • Ksenia

    I’ve started reading After You a
    while ago and couldn’t get into the story. I put it on hold and I’m not sure I’ll
    return to it anytime soon. You are so write, it’s hard to compete with Me
    Before You. And I’m so not over Will
    too. Thanks for you hones thoughts, Joy!

  • Gosh this sounds just sad, and actually so does the first book as well. I knew nothing about these books until today, but I am sorry it wasn’t a better sequel for you.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Aww, I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t the book you wanted it to be. I’m not sure if I’d enjoy this much either, so I don’t think I’ll be reading it soon (if at all). Thanks for your honest thoughts, Joy!

  • Adriana C

    I still haven´t read anything from this author but I´m planning to read first Me before you.
    thanks for your review.

  • Oh, this doesn’t sound like the best book as a sequel. Maybe it being a standalone was what really would have been better for you. It seems like this one was more painful than perhaps the bittersweet it was supposed to come off as. Aargh…

  • Aw 🙁 I’m so sad that you didn’t love this book sweetie. But ugh. From what you say, I guess the boy died in book one. So I’m very much not reading that one, lol 😀 But sister owns the Norwegian version.. Should I not buy this sequel to her for Christmas? I’m starting to think that I should not, lol. She doesn’t read much, and haven’t read the first one yet, I don’t think. But aaanyway. I’m sorry this book wasn’t the best. Sigh. But glad you still liked it a lot 😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it Joy. <3 They are not for me, lol.

  • A shame you didn’t get the closure you were hoping for…

  • Sara Walker

    I was just thinking that maybe it’s time I read this book. I want to I want to. But can I? I don’t think I can read a book where Will isn’t there, but he is. Le sigh. Maybe I need a little time yet.

  • Melliane

    It’s too bad it’s not a bit more than that because it sounds it has a lot of potential. I’ve only tried a book by the author but I really enjoyed I need to try more now.

  • Been dying to read Jojo’s books. I really need to get on that.

  • Sounds like a majorly tough read! I don’t think I could sit through such a said couple of books.

  • Jasprit

    I had a couple of issues with this book too Joy, but I think that I was able to enjoy it a bit more than you did. It was awful reading about how everyone was getting on now and every time Will’s name was mentioned I couldn’t help but want to cry. I think the thing that annoyed me the most was the ending, I just wanted some sort of closed ending 🙁

  • I actually have Me Before You, but for some reason I haven’t picked it up yet. Blessie and I came up with a feature, where we’ll be able to read more new adult and adult titles, because YA is consuming my soul and I seriously hate it. Well, you know, not hate it exactly, but I’m a fan of adult so I want to read more of it. I’ll add this to our list!

  • I should definitely read MBY. I want to get to know Will. I feel like I am missing out not knowing who he is. 🙁

  • RO

    Oh my goodness, this books sounds totally amazing and I MUST get it now! Thanks for the review! Hugs…Ro

  • sounds so emotional. but it also sounds like she should probably never wrote this one ;/

  • WHAT AM I MISSING OUT ON ? Reading your review made me sad. Who is this Will person? I want to cry for him but I’m not sure what happened to him or why he is so special but I NEEDS TO KNOW.

  • I do not know this will person (I have not red anything by this author) but I’m sad about him, too! This book sounds like an emotional wringer. I’m not sure I’m reading for that. D:

  • Sorry to hear it wasn’t the closure you hoped for

  • When a character like Will is such a strong character – one that left you so many emotions, I can see how this book would be so hard to follow without rubbing “salt into a psetering wound” and leave you wanting closure. I’m with Jenny, lol, my heart cringes at the heartache here. But, I’m glad you loved the first one, Joy 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    I definitely need to read the first one and meet Will, I have a feeling he will stick with me for a very long time too although dang it! I don’t think I’m ready to cry yet!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Um. Yikes Joy! Will definitely sounds like a tough act to follow, and I feel like I’m not emotionally equipped to handle the book before this one! Or this one for that matter, I don’t want salt rubbed in my wounds. Brutal:(

  • Oh man. This sounds like a really tough book to read. I don’t think it would be for me at all even though I haven’t read the first book yet. I can’t deal with emotional books. Sorry this wasn’t the book you were hoping for, Joy! :/

  • Jazmen

    I think when you try to follow up a novel that just needs no follow up, it’s hard to get it just right. I actually can’t wait to eventually read Me Before You but I think this may be one I skip. Thanks for your honest review!

  • Oh man, it’s always disappointing to have a sequel that just doesn’t do it for you, when you realise that perhaps it was better without it. I haven’t read Me Before You but I know you loved it Joy! Lovely review.

  • I loved Me Before You so much and I adore Jojo Moyes. I will probably end up feeling the same way as you: that it is not nearly as good as Me Before You. But I think I just have a burning desire to read this one.

  • Rubbed salt…no, no I do not want that