Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back whe ...more
That's what it comes down to. After You was written to satisfy a craving in the minds of Lou and Will's fans. When we've loved a book, we all have those questions: what w ...more
I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book, most of which compare it to Me Before You. I get it. Me Before You was amazing. I fell in love with the characters too. This book, however, is not Me Before You.
So many people loved Lou from Me Before You and wanted to know what happened to her after the book ended. Then, when they are given a book that tells them what happen ...more
How do you top a book that was perfection to me?
The author does have a bit at the beginning asking readers to not spoil anything for other readers and I will respect that, because just because a book doesn't work for me doesn't mean that everyone will feel that same way.
It's just that....I felt so personally invested in th ...more
I'm not ashamed to say that Me Before You had me up reading until very late at night and then crying my eyes out until very early the next morning. It was the kind of book that sticks with you, the kind of book that is extremely hard to follow up. It ended on a very power ...more
Okay, before I start this review I have to admit three things:
1.) “After You” wasn’t what I expected it to be and headed into a completely different direction than I assumed.
2.) I think Jojo Moyes was very brave to go into this kind of direction and I appreciate her realistic approach.
3.) This might turn out to be a rather personal and subjective review.
I know it would be ...more
I really, really didn't like ME BEFORE YOU.
It was heartbreaking, but it was the heartbreak of an impartial observer. I liked Louisa Clark, but, for whatever reason, I never connected with her the way I do in a well-developed story, and the story itself was so . . . unlikely.
I suppose it felt like tragedy for tragedy's sake.
And that shit pisses me off.
If you're going to ground my heart into the pavement, there had better be a damn good reason for it.
But ME BEFORE YOU was like Moyes tho ...more
This novel is the sequel to “Me Before You”, so you need to read that book first to be able to engage into this one.
BECAUSE LIFE DOESN’T END LIKE BOOKS
I am truly glad that Jojo Moyes, the author, decided to write this sequel, since while Me Before You has a proper closure and you could be totally satisfied there, well, life doesn’t have “endings” like the books, and certainly while Will Traynor’s storyline ends there, Louisa Clark have a whole life in front of her and ...more
After You is so different from Me Before You that it often felt like a standalone more than a sequel...which was both good and bad. It was good in that I didn't feel like I had to spend the length of the read constantly comparing the two in order to determine whether it was a goo ...more
a 'favorite' book by many people.... drawing conversations about 'the ending' from people all over the globe. For one thing, "Me Before You" was never written 'with' the intention of their being a follow up. "After You", was an "After Thought".
Expecting a complete plane crash...I found myself interested & engaged in the b ...more
With unexpected sequels like this one, I suppose it comes down to whether the sequel adds anything to the original. And I’m going to say this one doesn’t.
I recognize the temptation to write a follow-up to Me Before You. That one smashed it, a rare combination of being a Goodreads ratings darling and having commercial/bestseller success. It’s an absolute goldmine. Of course you’d want to beat that particular ...more
3 - Because I love Jojo Moyes - Stars
I'm sorry, I'm very sorry to say that I would've preferred that this book was never born. I'll try to forget. For me Lou & Will's story ended with the last page of Me before you. I don't think we needed a new story.
I'm not saying this is bad, it's Jojo - it can't, but it just kind of ruined part of what I imagined for Lou after the end of the first book. And every single time I read Will's name in this my heart skipped a beat, and I c ...more
Nothing short of beautiful! An emotionally charged story about healing and learning to believe in yourself after a painful loss. I am in love with this story!
After You was definitely my most anticipated releases for 2015, and it absolutely didn’t disappoint one bit! I fell in love with ...more
After You is a romance novel written by Jojo Moyes, a sequel to Me Before You. The book was first published on 29 September 2015 in the United Kingdom. A second sequel, Still Me, was published in January 2018. It continues the story of Louisa Clark after Will's death. She is trying to move on. She was convinced by his motivation to change, so she moved to London and got a job in an airport coffee shop. One night, she decides to go up the roof of her build ...more
The book opens about 18 months after the first ...more
Jojo Moyes is one of my top favorite authors, I have loved every book I have read of hers up until this one. Me Before You is in my top five favorite books of all time, I still get emotional just thinking about that story. I wish so much that I could say this novel was a worthy sequel, but to me it just wasn't, not even close. This sequel in my opinion, is the exact reason that kind of perfection just shouldn't be messed with. Me Before You was written as a stand alone, and ...more
I was absolutely impressed and delighted with this sequel. As we all know, this was one hard act to follow. Jojo Moyes had not planned to offer a follow up to the perfect Me Before You, but as Lou and Will were so wonderful to read about, we were lucky that she decided to write again for us.
My thoughts are that this does not have to live up to its predecessor, it’s its own story, and I loved it. Lou is unique and w ...more
***This will contain spoilers for Me Before You, for those who haven't read it yet***
"Sometimes I look at the lives of the people around me and I wonder if we aren't all destined to leave a trail of damage. It's not just your mum and dad who fuck you up. I gazed around me, like someone suddenly handed clear glasses, and I saw that pretty much everyone bore the brutal imprint of love, whether it was lost, whipped away from them, or simply vanished into a grave. Will had done it to all of ...more
Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say the beginning is excellent with the introduction of ambulance Sam, and the unexpected appearance of Lily (view spoiler)[(Will's troubled daughter) (hide spoil...more
First of all, do I want to say that you need to read ...more
There's this version in my head where the actions from the previous book Me Before You is irrelevant. Readers who have read the book know exactly what I'm talking about, that moment in the end where things could have ended differently. Way differently. And then I realized there was going to be a sequel. How would life go on after everything that happened? How would each and every one of the characters move o ...more
(That is 100% the look my husband gives me when I insist on singing too!)
Anywho, please note said commute is still not very long so, at best, I get through one “part” of an audiobook each weekday. Despite having both an e-version as well as a paper version o ...more
You never know what will happen, when you fall from a great height.
***Actual rating: 3.5/5 relieving stars.***
I didn't plan on reading this today, or any time soon, but when I suddenly had an entire afternoon in a bookstore, AND this beautiful book happened to be there in front of me...how could I resist? So I quickly skimmed through the entire book and gladly, many parts of the story caught my undivided attention.
Apparently, we followed Louisa Clark's life without Will's company and even ...more
“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone . . . There is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. Just live well. Just live.”
Sadly "After You" was just well... It was an okay read! I was initially very excited about reading this because I completely adored Me Before You. But it was severely lacking :( It was really quite boring, with a few funny bits t ...more
Just so I'm clear: I was NOT opposed to Jojo Moyes writing a sequel to Me Before You. As one of my GR friends so astutely pointed out, the sequel should have been "about Louisa's life afterwards, not constant harping on about Will's past." If it had been done right, the author could have written a beautiful & inspirational novel about Louisa's journe ...more
I loved and raved about Me Before You . What made that book for me was its relationship to a story from my own life.
If I had read After You as a standalone I might rate it 5 ...more
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Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.
Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.
She is mar ...more