Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Review: After You

Title After You

Series Me Before You, book 2

Author Jojo Moyes

Release Date September 29, 2015

A NOTE FROM JOJO MOYES ABOUT HER EXCITING NEW NOVEL, AFTER YOU:

Dear Reader,

I wasn't going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life. In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.

It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again. And I'm hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.

—Jojo Moyes
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25041504-after-you

Review

My review for Me Before You can be found here.

Me Before You was a wonderful book. It was powerful and emotional. It was heartbreaking. It made me ugly cry. I loved it so much.

When I heard that there was going to be a sequel, my first thought was "Oh yay!" Who wouldn't want a sequel to a book that they loved? Well... maybe I wouldn't. As the release date came and went, I still hadn't picked up After You. The more I thought about reading the sequel, the more hesitant I became. What if it's just not as good? Is a sequel really necessary?

The answer, for me, is no. No hesitation. No doubt. After You wasn't needed. It didn't enhance Me Before You. I didn't feel like I did when I read the first book. Luckily, it didn't ruin my enjoyment for it, either. It just made me kind of... sad and disappointed.

Lily didn't improve the story. In fact, I would have preferred she wasn't there at all. Sam didn't really make me feel much of anything. There's wasn't some big spark between him and Louisa that I wanted after her and Will.

Sometimes, I think a standalone should remain a standalone. Me Before You definitely falls into this category. Not all questions need to be answered. Sometimes it's best to just let readers wonder.

Rating

2.5 out of 5 stars

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