After You by Jojo Moyes is the sequel story to Me Before You and takes place after the events of Me Before You with Louisa trying to pick up the pieces of her life when she get’s an unexpected visitor and gets into an accident.
I devoured this book, I really did. But I saw a review on Goodreads that I couldn’t help but agree with. After You was not needed. The first book ended well. Tragically. But well. Jojo Moyes could have left well enough alone but she didn’t. The fans wanted more so she gave them more in a truly fanfiction-esque style. Which was probably why I liked it as much as I did. I love reading some good fanfiction. But there was just so much in this book that was extra. The only reason why Lily existed, really, was to move the plot forward and to give Louisa a purpose and a conflict in her life. And while, due to the ending of Me Before You, Will wasn’t in the book at all we were never lacking his presence which I appreciated. A lot. Will was just as much a part of the story as he was at the beginning of the journey, but it also wasn’t the same. The fans flocked to this book because of their need for more Louisa. And Will and while they did get that they also got so much more. All in all, I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but i don’t know if it was necessary. I’d give it 4/5 stars.
Temporary fiction is rooted in what we know and a world we’re used to while fantasy is set in a world with all new rules and guidelines that we have to discover to understand. This is coming from a girl that for the longest time was only interested in fantasy and couldn’t be bothered with temporary fiction. That’s what happens when the first book you fall in love with is Harry Potter. I’m not really sure where or when I first started showing any interest in temporary fiction, but because temporary fiction relies on a world that we live in or is very similar it’s easy to just jump into the story. They one world that needs setting up is the protagonists small life and how he/she lives in that world. Fantasy, especially ones where they take place in their own completely fictions world, has more setting up to do. The best example of this is A Song of Ice and Fire where George R.R. Martin not only has to set up a completely fictional world but he also has to set up the minor worlds of all the POV characters’ lives. That’s one of the reasons some people have such a hard time getting into the series. Reverse that completely to temporary fiction like John Green’s books and a book like Looking For Alaska and Green only has to state where in the states the protagonist lives and that gives a point of reference for the readers so Green can jump right into the protagonists life and story a lot faster than Martin can. It’s why I feel, with a few exceptions, temporary fiction jumps into the story a lot faster and while it can feel like it’s not moving at all at times it is in some very subtle ways. Both fantasy and temporary fiction have their pros and cons and both can be amazing just sometimes you need one or the other in your life.
This book destroyed me and it was so amazing I plan on reading the sequel. This book is a very unconventional love story between a quadriplegic and his newly hired caregiver. All I can say about the synopsis is go watch the movie trailer. Normally this isn’t something I would read but the trailer drew me in. The characters are so real and human that you can’t help but to be drawn into all their happiness and triumphs and sorrows and failures. Louisa Clark is unexpectedly given a job caring for a man paralyzed from the neck down. He’s cold to her and she avoids him as much as possible until she starts treating him like he’s normal by calling him an “arse.” This book was a heartbreaking tearjerker and I highly recommend it to anyone with any interest in temporary fiction. And just be warned there is a sequel that you are definitely going to read after you finish the first book. After You. Don’t make the mistake I made and not have the money for it. This book was beautifully written with wonderfully human characters with all their faults. 5 stars definitely.