“How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?”
Originally published in 2015, and the follow-up to Me Before You, After You by Jojo Moyes sees Louisa Clark struggling to move on from her life with Will Traynor. She is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. 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.
I absolutely loved Me Before You and equally the 2016 film adaptation of it, which I have watched and cried to many, many times over the years. I instantly fell in love with Lou and Will, so I’ve been too scared to pick up the next book in the series, worried that it wouldn’t go in a direction that I would enjoy.
But I finally got around to reading it. And yeah, it’s fine…
Of course I wanted Lou to move on and not find herself stuck in a rut. But nor did I want to see her “learn to love again” because I am still not over Will, so that was just never going to work for me. The “twist” felt too unexpected, as well, so I didn’t feel invested in this story at all.
Maybe I got everything that I needed from the first book, so a follow-up was never going to work for me. This review is in no way a reflection of Moyes as an author as I know many have loved her trilogy, it’s just the risk you take when you create such fantastic characters that readers can so easily connect with.