Wow this one took a while to get publishing. Sorry for the delay! It has been sitting in my draft posts for a while, so it was about time I finished it off and clicked that publish button.
After You is the sequel to Me Before You, the book that took the nation by storm, even before it was made into a film in 2016 – a film I am still to watch! Back when the film was released, I swore I would not watch the film until I read the book. Once I finished reading it and reviewed it (which can be found here) I discovered there was a sequel I just had to get my hands on!
After You tells of Louisa’s time after her employment in the Traynor household. It takes you on a journey as she accepts her past, struggles with the present, and ignores the future. The official blurb?
When one story ends, another begins . . .
Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .
I’ll be honest and say I never actually thought I wanted or needed this book until I started it. And the fact I had it read in the space of 2 days, well that just speaks volumes at how much I devoured with novel.
The plot was a little “out there” at times, and seemed to be a story for the sake of a story for the majority of the novel, however during the last third I began to properly follow our protagonist as I felt everything she felt. In fact, by the end I found myself thirsting for a third book!
I enjoyed the character developments, the novel was well written, and certainly by the end I had mixed feelings about a third installment in the series.
Would I recommend After You to friends? Yes. Simply because it really is a good book! However, I would also strongly emphasise that I was somewhat disappointed by the author’s lack of a definite ending. How many other one-off books have we wanted a sequel for, just so we can see what our favourite characters ended up doing? Not all authors give in to this demand, and to be honest I actually found myself somewhat wishing Jojo Moyes had.
Have you read After You? What was your opinion?