I will try my hardest not to spoil ME BEFORE YOU but it will be super hard. If you have read it, what did you think of it? Are you interested in reading the second one? (or have you already read it?)
I have been avoiding writing this book review for months now because I did not want it to the series to end, I greedily clung to the emotions the book left me with. I desperately didn’t want to leave the life of Louisa behind. I wanted my spirit animal to be okay and if I kept her close to my heart I thought she would be.
At the beginning of the novel, I intensively wanted to jump into the book and give Louisa a hug, I ached for her chirpy personality to come back. I needed to know she was okay.
I was also very sceptical about starting this novel because I absolutely loved ‘Me Before You’ with all of my heart. I devoured it in one sitting and was scared that the sequel might tarnish the perfect idea of this novel that was so prominently imprinted in my heart.
I was also worried because all the reviews I read about this book, compared it to Me Before You while scrutinising it- but you know what… I LOVED IT. I am a little soppy (**REALLY SOPPY**- like crying on the floor, surrounded by tears kinda soppy) when it comes romance novels and damn I was no different with this novel. Jojo Moyes wasn’t going to write a sequel and oh boy…I am glad she did.
It made me cry, laugh, gasp in shock and ultimately it made me want to go out and live my life.
Let me tell you why these books hit me soo hard; my granddad died the day before I read the first book. I read it because I needed to escape my own suffering, I needed to lose myself in someone else’s life and Louisa’s happiness reminded me – of me. So, with the prominent feeling of loss in my life, I truly connected with Will and later Louisa. The second book really helped me, I once again delved into it – eager to escape. But not only did I get the closure that I longed for, after the first book, but it also taught me how to survive after someone’s death. She gave me the strength to continue on in my everyday life, I know it sounds stupid but she really did help me and for that – I am eternally grateful to Jojo Moyes for creating the wonderful Louisa.
As you have probably already gathered, I loved this book! For emotional and relatable reasons.
I really liked the way in which Jojo Moyes introduced the characters and used them to aid Lou’s character developmentWithin the sequel, quite a few new characters were introduced in a clever and delicate manner. Two of my favourite new characters were Lily and Sam. Lily and I had a love-hate relationship throughout, sometimes I could not stand her and other times I had nothing but sympathy for her. I knew she just needed help and it was nice to see her and Lou help each other. Sam was also a delight but I wanted someone else there.
I do not want to give too much away because if you haven’t read the first one I don’t want to ruin it for you. I want you to experience the raw emotions that it evokes.
In conclusion, this book did not evoke the same amount of emotional turmoil as the first one BUT it did provide me with the closure I needed. It let me see happy Lou again and it gave me hope for her future. (I get attached to characters okay)