After You by Jojo Moyes is the sequel to the acclaimed Me Before You which was recently released as a film.
A warning here that there are spoilers for Me Before You.
Me Before You tells the story of Louisa, a waitress who accidentally becomes a carer for Will Traynor, an ex-city slicker who becomes quadriplegic in an accident. Despite Louise’s attempts to make him love his life, despite the two of them falling in love, Will travels to Dignatis and commits asssisted suicide. After his death, Louisa discovers he has left her a lot of money in his will in order for her to make her life more exciting. We leave her in Paris reading a letter from him and planning her adventures.
After You finds Louise living in a small flat in London and working at an Irish bar in Heathrow airport. Rather than ‘living’ as Will wanted her too, she can’t help but find her life has come to a standstill after his death.
When Louise has a terrible accident herself it turns her life upside down more than she could have bargained for. A new love interest and a troubled teenager, not to mention a change of personality for her mother.
After You is not as emotionally provacative as Me Before You but it is a good book in its own right. Not only does it have its own troubled story it also gives an insight into exactly what the title suggests. What happens in Louisa’s life after Will dies. I cannot doubt that like me, every reader of Me Before You imagined that she would have an exciting life travelling the world and loving life the way Will wanted her to. The fact that the opposite is true instantly draws the reader in and makes them want to find out more. Definitely worth a read for lovers of Me Before You.