Book Review – After You
By Jojo Moyes
This book is an unexpected sequel of a famous novel called “Me Before You”. Thus, before reviewing it, I should give my opinion about the first part of the story.
“Me Before You” was – and still – one of my favorite novels I ever read. It was full of passion, empathy, and simplicity. I remember the first time I had the book in my hands as a gift from my cousin which I met for the first time in my life face to face (because he lives in Germany). He knew how much I love books based on my Facebook profile, so he decided to surprise me with a small gift, and I can say it was a very good choice.
I am not a big fan of novels, therefore, the beginning of this book was kind of boring for me. We all have seen, heard or read about sad love stories. Louisa is an ordinary girl who is not doing much in her life. She starts taking care of a disabled rich guy, then she falls in love with him (no more spoiling … Read the book to find out what happened. It is all about the ending). But when I got to the middle of the novel it started touching me inside. I never met a disabled person. But I know perfectly how it feels to be disabled emotionally, out of choices, unable to decide about anything, unable to enjoy anything you used to like before … I know how it feels when your life looks the same but it does not feel the same.
On the other side, I know how it feels to love the impossible … To try hard to change facts then just fail. I know how it feels to be full of angry words, facing the one who changed your whole life, but fighting your thoughts and arguing silently within your mind, because you know the sound of your thoughts won’t make things better. For these reasons, this book was a touch on my soul. It was my unspoken sentences. And I recommend it to anyone who wants an escape from some bad days. In case you are intrigued about the story but don’t have enough time to read it, then you can simply wait for the movie to watch (I am waiting for a year now).
When “Me Before You” was first published by the end of 2012, the author didn’t plan for a sequel. The perfection of the book was all about the unanswered questions that hunted the readers. But when she started working on the movie script (it is supposed to be released in 2016), she decided to write “After You” to answer those questions, … and in my opinion, that was not a smart decision. I was very glad when the book was published in September 2015, because I thought unintentionally that it will be as good as the first part, but I also doubted that a great book like “Me Before You” can have a sequel of the same goodness level. To kill my doubts, I read the book … and I was not very surprised.
Louisa was confused, lost, and afraid of making decisions and move on with her life. She sounds the same Louisa. Sometimes, the author gets me bored with unnecessary details of some scenes, especially with the presence of Will (Louisa former lover) in every conversation she makes. On the other hand, the author succeeded in explaining how people feel and act after being involved in a catastrophic life-changing event. She also made me smile, laugh, and sometimes cry. Jojo is a very sensitive writer who knows how to bring her characters to life in a very realistic manner, using very simple language.