My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 1 day
Publisher - Penguin Michael Joseph
Pages - 407
Blurb from Amazon
***THE SEQUEL TO THE WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON ME BEFORE YOU ***
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 . . .
This is the long awaited sequel to Me Before You, one of my all time favourite reads, if you haven't read it, I strongly suggest you do before reading this. It has been 18 months since we left Lou Clark and her whole life changed. Now she is working in a bar in the airport, watching people jetting off to new destinations whilst she is stuck here. Things have changed so much for Lou, she isn't speaking much to her family, she just doesn't feel much of anything and is going through the motions. One night changes everything and brings new people into Lou's life, she has some big decisions to make that will completely change her life, one way or the other.
Oh I so missed Lou and her fabulous hilarious family. Like any other book you love on one hand you really want to know what happens next to the characters however there is that fear it can't possibly live up to your expectations. Moyes has tackled this challenge head on and done a great job to be honest. Less than 30 pages in I had gasped and burst out laughing, the story throws a curve ball you don't expect and smashes down the fears carried into reading this sequel.
There are new characters as well as some from the first book and I loved catching up with them, I can't say I was loving the new character Lily and some of Lou's actions, or lack of them really annoyed me. I wanted some of her feisty strong headed personality we knew of her before to shine through, however when you think of all she has been through I feel this is an accurate representation of how she would be and act.
This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster as is Moyes trademark, allow you to reconnect with some of the much loved characters from the first book and a few surprises along the way. 4/5 for me this time, was the book worth the wait? I think so, I definitely will be recommending this book to friends and family.
I have read One Plus One. Her books are fun reads.ReplyDelete
Lainy, thanks for a terrific review! I read Me Before You and I hope to read this one, too. :)ReplyDelete
Like lots of other readers I adored Me Before You and yet find myself reluctant to read this, the sequel. I don't know if its because I don't want to run the risk of being disappointed or what but I'm really not ready to read After You.ReplyDelete
I have Me Before You but still have yet to read it. I am a fan of Moyes. Glad you enjoyed this sequel!ReplyDelete
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I recently started reading After You but I'm apprehensive because I loved Me Before You so much. I'm glad to read in your review that it hasn't spoilt the first book for you.ReplyDelete
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