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BOOK REVIEW: AFTER YOU

Disclaimer: If you have not read Me Before You, or seen the film, do not read this book review. It is chuck full of spoilers!
Synopsis: Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. 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.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.


Review: I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this books. There were things that I absolutely loved about it, while other things that I didn't love so much. The weird thing is that the first novel was written in 2007-ish and the sequel in 2015. Which means that Jojo Moyes intended for Me Before You to be a stand alone novel, and to be honest I would have been completely happy with having no sequel. I found the ending of Me Before You satisfying, and I liked having this "unknown" factor of what happened to Louisa. The first novel felt natural and realistic, while After You there was a lot of elements the felt forced and super over top. There was too much drama, instead of focusing on one specific thing, almost everything was a dramatic situation. I seriously hated the storyline around her parents. I feel that how the dad reacted was so unbelievably stupid (and this is coming from a girl who does not consider herself a feminist). His reactions were totally out of character in my opinion. I did however love the ambulance driver, Sam. Again, there were pieces of his story that were a little unrealistic, but as a character, I thoroughly enjoyed him. There was one thing, at the beginning of the novel, that completely took me by surprise and I loved the character that was introduced along with her relationship with Louisa. This review is a little all over the place, but I kind of felt that the novel was sort of all over the place. If you've Me Before You, then I would recommend it. It's not a "go run to your nearest bookstore and buy", kind of a book. A better way to sum up how I feel is I will definitely be reading Me Before You again and again and again, while I don't plan on rereading this book. Ever. I just don't feel the need to.

Rating: 3/5

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