If you have not read Me Before You, you would not understand After You, its sequel. Let alone enjoy it. So go ahead and close this window, read through Me Before You and then, come back. This contain spoilers to Me Before You, as well.
I read Me Before You twice, as an eBook and a hard copy. Both times, I clutched my phone and the actual book to my chest dramatically after *THAT* moment. Crying as if there was no tomorrow. If my memory serves me right, both times have been the ugliest cries I did over a book. And it’s the same freaking book. I knew its second installment was out but I have not yet moved on from Lou & Will, Will & Lou. I wasn’t prepared for just Lou. Tomorrow’s here and I finally get to read After You.
Summary, Minor Spoiler Ahead
Louisa Clark, without Will Traynor, is a gray, unenthusiastic, non-fashionable Louisa Clark. The first chapter basically gives us an insight as to how far Lou’s moved forward emotionally, about 18 months after Will’s death. In the midst of one of her rooftop trips (to try and cure her heart), a sudden figure shocked her and sent her falling off the roof.
Louisa lives. But along with that came suspicions from her family, of her being too sad that she may have jumped off from the roof. She decided to join a support group to make sense of her grief. Through this support group, she met Sam. Sam, whom she first recognized as the medic who soothed her after that awful fall.
Warning, Major Spoilers Ahead
Sam became Lou’s first infatuation since Will. But this wasn’t just what transpired after meeting him. Louisa met Will’s daughter. Who she discovered was the figure causing her to lose her balance and fall. Two new people in her life, both from that awful night. Lou balanced through the emotions of grief from losing Will, guilt of trying to help Will’s daughter, opening herself to a relationship with Sam while trying her best to stay alive.
Ron Rates 3/5
Albeit sometimes After You felt unnecessary, especially the long lost daughter storyline, it was somehow realistic. I loved how her life after didn’t just magically stitch itself back up. Nor did she completely fell for a “knight in shining armor” and act as if Will didn’t happen. The author guided us through her thoughts, her guilt, her grief, her annoyance, her anger and her being Lou. It was a process throughout the book. And not just with Lou but also with Lou’s family, how it affected their lives after people learned they were connected with the “atrocity” in the Traynor house. Also, a glimpse of what is now the divorced parents of Will, and how they reacted to having a long lost granddaughter.
Do I think this book was needed? No. But did it give us closure after the tragedy that was Will Traynor? Perhaps. Life after you, after Will, was underwhelming and so was this book.