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