It’s hard to talk about After You, the newly released sequel to the bestselling Me Before You, without spoiling the ending of the first book. So if you haven’t read that book consider this your warning. After You picks up with Louisa essentially stuck in limbo and not moving forward from her relationship with Will. She’s back in a dead end job, recovering from a horrific injury, and not making good on her promise to live her life to the fullest.
While I felt that Me Before You was very effective as a standalone story, I’m glad After You addresses some of the fallout of Will’s decision from the previous book. Everything isn’t wonderful and every person in his life was deeply affected.
Jojo Moyes always writes lovely romantic drama with a great deal of humor. But her books are not entirely cozy; usually they deal with a tragedy or some ugly human realities that keeps her writing from feeling too sappy.
I didn’t necessarily feel that Me Before You needed a sequel but I still enjoyed reading it very much.