I went to the cinema last week to watch Me Before You. Having been told it was a weepy film, I was expecting the worst and actually really enjoyed it. I won’t disclose the ending however it left me with questions, so when I was walking around the supermarket the following morning and spotted After You the sequel book to Me Before You, I knew I had to read it.
I strongly recommend you read After You when you have read or watched Me Before You. Having watched Me Before You the night before, the characters and plot were fresh in my mind and it really helped me relate to the book and dive right back into Lou’s life. I think if time had passed before reading it then I may have struggled a little more with the book.
After You focuses on Lou as a character and events that surround her life. Sam isn’t gone completely and still holds a lot of relevance in the plot, a plot which took a turn I wasn’t expecting, although to be fair I really didn’t know how the book would unfold after Me Before You. There were times in the story that I thought were a little far fetched from every day life and perhaps events that might not actually happen, however never say never, and because of Lou’s choices it meant that Moyes was able to provide closure for Lou which I imagine was the purpose of the book in the first place.
Lou Clarke reaches into your heart during Me Before You and it was difficult to leave her at the end not know what would happen to her. Because of that I really enjoyed After You and it helped find the life you so desperately wanted Lou to have with some bumps along the way. The new characters we meet in After You are strong individuals and there was some clever writing to keep you guessing. I will admit I was slightly choked up by page 8 and I wondered if I would be crying through the whole book, but there were sunny moments as well, something which I think Moyes also managed to get across during Me Before You.
I really enjoyed reading After You and would recommend the book to anyone who likes to lose themselves in another world for a while. It’s an easy read that flows nicely meaning you can pick it up and leave easily.