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After You Book Review

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?

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16 thoughts on “After You Book Review

  1. Me before you is one of the most beautiful stories I had ever read. I read many years before the film came out due to jojo moyes being one of my favourite authors. I am dubious about reading after you as it was written purely so the film could have a sequel but after your review I might just have to give it a go!!!

  2. I completely agree about Me Before You! However I am still unsure about whether or not I’m happy with there being the sequel… and I heard rumours she’s writing a third in the series? If you do read it, be sure to let me know what you think!

  3. I agree with the fact that some books need to have a final in order not to overdo a good story and finish doing a 3rd book with less quality. You gave me a good idea to buy thisone for a friends birthday!

  4. Oh my gosh!!! I had no idea they had another book from this! I am guilty of not actually reading the book, but watching the movie 😛 Honest review here 🙂 Good job!

  5. I think I have to find this book here. In Japan, english novels are rare to find. Your review made me more curious!

  6. I read Me Before You and haven’t dived into After You yet. I heard some mix reviews from my friends but, after reading what you said I am tempted to give it a try. I would like to read and feel what she is going through. I think the the first book was very powerful and if the second is in anything like that then I am in.

  7. I am so intrigued about this book after reading your review! I must admit that I have not read (or watched the film) Me Before You, I have heard some really mixed reviews of both! You’ve written a really good piece about it here, revealing just enough to sell the book to me without giving any of the plot away! I’m very tempted to read something by Jojo Moyes now!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  8. Everyone I’ve talked too says they love this book! I haven’t seen the movie yet – I’m a big believer in reading the book editions first and your review makes me finally want to crack open those pages/

  9. This sounds like a good book for those who have read the first one or who is planning on reading them, it’s good it answers questions and let’s people know where that character is now. And it’s obviously one one you enjoyed as you said since you read it so quickly

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  10. I’ve never really been interested in reading either After You or even Me Before You because I wasn’t really in to those types of genres but after exploring different genres recently I am thinking about venturing into this genre so I might actually try this series! Love this review! You must have really loved it if you read it soo quickly!

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

  11. I loved Me Before You that I even cried at the end and after reading that little preview of After You at the end of the book it left me definitely wanting more. I love your reviews and nervous/scared to read your review of my book but I will be definitely buying this book soon!

  12. I absolutely loved Me Before You that I even cried at the end and that little preview of After You at the end made me definitely want more and I will be getting this book very soon, especially now after reading your review.

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