***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.