I can’t believe how long it’s taken to me to sit down and read this book! I absolutely bloody loved ‘Me Before You’ – it was so beautifully heartbreaking,u and the film adaptation was so brilliantly done. I bought this sequel after it came out, but it’s been sat on my bookshelf since. Then I saw another book was coming out, and decided it was finally time to throw myself back into Lou Clark’s world.
I’d forgotten how much I loved Lou as a character – her dialogue was absolutely hilarious, and despite how upset she was after Will’s death, these funny passages really helped to lighten the overall feel of the narrative. I was honestly sat there in stitches when I was reading, it was so damn funny! Lou’s somewhat dysfunctional family were one of my favourite aspects to the novel, because of how lighthearted their dialogue was. Plus some of Lou’s inner dialogue and observations of the things happening around her really helped to add to the humour, and gave a much needed reprieve from some of the more emotional aspects to the narrative.
It’s been a while since I’ve read ‘Me Before You’, but the raw emotions that ran through this novel when Lou was feeling down or at her most hopeless was so beautifully done. You couldn’t help but sympathise with her, and want her to better herself. Not to mention the fact that this novel went in a completely different direction to where I thought it was going – I thought that after the ending of the previous book, we would find Lou living her awesome life. I was so sad for her when I read about what happened after Will’s death, that she let her grief get the better of her and land her right back to where she was in the beginning of the first novel. Jojo Moyes captured this grief wonderfully, as of course everyone processes stuff differently.
Her characterisation was so spot on! Moyes really has a knack for making her characters come to life on the page. Lily was such a vibrant, complicated character, and it was so easy to fall in love with her. You felt so in tune with Lou’s own impressions of the chaos that Lily intermittently brought into her life, and wanted her to escape from her demons to live a happy fulfilling life. Plus Sam was such an adorable character – Moyes perfectly confused us with his introduction, leading us to believe he was the “compulsive shagger” that Lou believed him to be, and I was genuinely shocked when Moyes revealed he wasn’t the character we thought he was. That was so well done! You really wanted to shake Lou at points, screaming “You’re allowed to be happy!” at the page. Lou in herself was such a loveable character that it almost felt like I was just reading this book straight after reading the first one. I just loved reading her story so much!
Moyes is such a brilliant writer – she effortlessly showed Lou’s character progression on the page, and the plot was absolutely perfect. You wanted to see Lou succeed, and it was such a heartfelt warming read! I definitely won’t be leaving it 4 years before I read the next novel! Moyes has a clear understanding of her characters and her story, and is definitely a worthwhile read. Plus I was so happy with the adaptation of the ‘Me Before You’ novel – I really hope this novel is followed up with an adaptation, too!
Overall I would give the novel a 5/5 because it would have you laughing one minute, and then feeling crying another. This was such a beautiful novel, and is well worth a read if you’ve read ‘Me Before You’!