Hello and happy Wednesday. Right after I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I started reading the sequel, After You. As always, I have a lot to say about this book, and I want to share my thoughts on it with you. Let’s get started, shall we?
It was truly heartbreaking to see how sad Lou was at the beginning of this book, but it also seemed like she’d grown up. I was surprised to see how much she’d changed from the Lou we’d met in Me Before You, and in my mind I had to come to terms with the fact that it was almost as if she was a completely different character and the story I was reading was a completely different one.
Lou has an accident and due to it, she has some mobility issues for a while, and because of this, she can relate to what Will had to experience. I really appreciated that, especially since I really wanted to get some of Will’s perspective in the previous book. I think this was a good approximation of that.
Me Before You was a huge success, not only as a book but especially as a movie. I haven’t watched that one, and I’m not sure After You has already been adapted, but I’d really like to see it.
I think I liked the style of this novel better than Me Before You. I really liked Sam, and I think he’s an amazing human being and exactly the kind of guy I want to marry one day. I got the feeling he was a bit older than Lou, so I guess she’s still into that. She’s also way more in touch with her sexy side, and you know I’m always up for a sexy read. Again, I love the slow development of the story and the fact that nothing is rushed.
Just like in Me Before You, we get the odd chapter from another character’s perspective, which is always cool and in my opinion enriches the story. Like in the previous book, there are also mentions of attempts of sexual assault, which is why I wouldn’t recommend it for some types of readers.
Something I didn’t like in the slightest was the baby drama. You know that’s something I never like. That is something that really doesn’t add to a plot, it just makes it more like a cheap soap opera. I wasn’t on board with that at all.
You know that at the beginning of this post I said that I’d basically jumped into this book right after finishing Me Before You. Now that I’ve been able to digest both books, I have to admit that I wish I’d taken more time before starting After You. And when I say more time I mean full weeks or even months. I think it’s necessary to disassociate the Lou of Me Before You and the one from After You.
All in all, this book left me thinking about this thing the characters from Once Upon a Time used to say: that life is not about happy endings but happy beginnings. In the comments below, tell me about a story that gave you this same feeling.
Love, Miss Camila