After You by JoJo Moyes

***Warning – contains spoilers to Me Before You, but not to After You.

After You by JoJo Moyes is the sequel to the brilliant Me Before You. I wasn’t sure if I’d even like Me Before You, but, in the words of Simon Cowell, I didn’t like it, I loved it! So I was very pleased when my friend lent me After You. It felt like everyone I knew was reading it at the same time as me, as a lot of people had seen the film Me Before You (rather than read the book) and wanted to know what happened to Louisa Clark next.

After Will dies, Louisa is lost and doesn’t know what to do with her life. With the money Will has left her, she is able to travel and buy a flat, but everything feels empty. She is working in a dead end job and her family isn’t even speaking to her.

There are a couple of big surprises right at the beginning of the book, including the arrival of an unexpected visitor. Should Louisa invite this person into her life or turn them away? Inviting them in could change Louisa’s life and help her to live again. But will she take that step?

This is another brilliant book, which follows the ups and downs of Louisa’s life as she works through her grief. I really enjoyed it and there were plenty of tears at the end (always the indication of a good book for me). Me Before You was a very moving story, but essentially pretty straightforward, whereas this had a lot more twists and turns and surprises along the way.

Did I like it as much as Me Before You? Very nearly!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read Me Before You or seen the film. And if you haven’t read Me Before You – read it! Then read this one.

After You, JoJo Moyes, Book review

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17 Comments

  1. I took this on holiday but ended up reading another one instead and it’s still sat in my suitcase. I loved the first one so much but I did cry a lot too. Hope this one has a more happier vibe!

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    • You will definitely need to read it! It’s not all plain sailing and I still shed a lot of tears at the end!

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  2. Argh I keep reading brilliant reviews of both books and still haven’t read them. I’m going to put them on my Christmas list!
    Nat.x

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    • You definitely need to! They are such good stories and so well written! x

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  3. I enjoyed it too. I had to know what happened to Louisa after reading Me Before You. As you said, some unexpected plot twists in this one.

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    • I was surprised at how many twists there were! It was a really good read.

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  4. I think it’s good Jojo Moyes wrote a sequel after the sadness of the first book. It’s closure the reader needs. You need a happier book now after all that crying! I’ve put a review of According to Yes on my book club which is worth a look!

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    • You definitely do need a happier book, although it’s not all plain-sailing! I’ll check out the review, thanks.

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  5. I do really need to read it. I really enjoyed Me Before You when I read it many moons ago, the film came out after I’d become wheelchair bound myself so it did make me think differently about the story. I’ve not seen the film but I would love to see what happened to Louisa.

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    • You should definitely read it! She has her ups and downs, but it’s lovely to follow them.

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  6. It’s funny because I really cried a lot in this book, but it wasn’t really that sad, I think it was just the emotional connection with the previous book. It is a brilliant read though

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    • It is! I cried a lot too, especially at the end. There were certainly a lot of ups and downs.

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  7. I haven’t got round to reading this sequel yet, I’ve seen so many mixed reviews! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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  8. I still haven’t read the first one and didn’t know there was a sequel. I think I need to update my Christmas list!!

    #readwithme

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  9. I haven’t read the first one, but it feels that everyone has. I didn’t know there was a sequel though.

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  10. These books are so popular but I still haven’t read either of them! I’ve got to get reading and see what all the hype is about #readwithme

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