Me Before You

Me After You

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I finished Me Before You, the novel awhile back. I wrote a review about the movie which you can find here.I didn’t bother writing a review of the book because, who wants to read a review of a book and the movie when there’s not much difference? Although I will say, I wish I had heard of the book sooner and read it before the movie, as there were parts that I had already known what would happen and got a little bored reading it.

This sequel was slightly disappointing. I mean, we know what happens in the end of Me Before You…so what could the sequel be about? Well, JoJo Moyes managed to captivate my attention for the most part, but we end up in pretty much the same place we started with at the beginning; a girl learning how to live after loss.

The story picks up a few months after Clark (Louisa/Lou) has had a chance to travel and see the things Will wanted her to see before he died. She has some money as an inheritance, and she uses it to buy a nice flat in east London. She gets a crappy job as a bartender wearing a hideous green costume and wig in an airport. She’s basically wasting her life again as Will would tell her and she’s no better off than before she met him.

One night, she’s standing on the roof of her flat, thinking about Will, when a girl frightens her from behind and she falls a couple of flights. With a broken hip among several other injuries, Clark survives. She manages to reunite with the girl who scared her on the roof, named Lily. Lily turns out to be….PLOT TWIST…Will’s daughter!

Lily is just as wild and reckless as her father used to be before his accident. She is searching for answers about her father. Lily’s mother is basically a gold digger and wants nothing to do with her daughter and Lily wants nothing to do with her stepfather, Fuckface. (Her nickname, not mine). Clark tries to help Lily the best she can, but Lily constantly runs away, smokes cigarettes in Lou’s flat, and gets plastered on random occasions. She is a cyclone of a teenager and Lou doesn’t quite know how to handle her.

Clark takes Lily to meet her grandfather, Will’s father, who is divorced from Will’s mother, remarried, and has a baby on the way with a much younger woman. The meeting doesn’t go so well, as Lily has this complex that prevents her from accepting that anyone would love her, let alone like her. She has a similar meeting with Will’s mother. Clark is at a loss about what to do with Lily.

One integral part to Clark’s story after her fall is the Moving On Circle. It’s a group that meets once a week to discuss how to move on after a loss. One young teenager in the group, Jake, has lost his mother. The man who takes him every night to the group is Sam, whom Clark assumes is Jake’s father. She builds a relationship with him after she finds out he is the paramedic who saved her life after she fell.

Ambulance Sam is a good guy and someone who really tries to bring Clark out of the darkness of losing Will, but he is still a guy who needs her to forget the ghost of Will. I liked how JoJo gave Clark a new love, but I was disappointed with the ending. I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s not as sad an ending as Me Before You.

Overall, I liked this book but I would have rather not had a sequel to spoil the first book. 3/5.

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I haven’t reviewed a movie since I started this blog and funny enough, one of them was The Theory of Everything, another disabled man-meets-perfect-soulmate romance (with a few more things found here.)

Let me start off by saying Sam Claflin played Finnick in The Hunger Games movies. There, got that off my chest. Some people don’t realize this. I’m all about movie trivia. So, if you thought he was sexy while trying to escape murderous monkeys and flesh-eating fog, he’s even sexier when he plays a quadriplegic. My husband just shakes his head at me.

I was totally going to go buy this book and read it before I saw the movie but let’s be honest, I have way too many books on my to-read list and I really wanted to see this tear-jerker movie. I forced my husband to not stare at me while I bawled my eyes out. I tend to not cry when he’s staring at me and smirking because he thinks I’m cute but I’d rather just cry as hard as I want to get completely involved in the lives of the characters who are obviously not real people. That’s what writers and readers do, right?

Without giving too much away, here’s a brief synopsis: woman needs job-gets job that no one else can stand taking care of an angry quadriplegic-said quad refuses to try to live in his new body because he misses his old life too much-girl befriends man-girl tries to help man find joy in life-girl and man fall in love–and

****SPOILERS AHEAD****

 

needle runs off the record–he commits assisted suicide ANYWAY! Why do good romance movies always end this way? Why does the man HAVE to die? I mean, couldn’t he just have decided that Clarke could make him happy and give him a new life? I understand him being stubborn about the whole thing, I’m pretty stubborn myself. But COME ON. The audience would have left the theater a whole lot happier. We all would have gone home with a nice warm fuzzy feeling instead of cold, dead-inside, mascara-running faces. This is why I need to read the book because there MUST be a reason this character had to die. The movie simply couldn’t explain everything in the book or it would be 8 hours long. I need to read the book to see if I’m happier with the outcome.

Has anyone actually read the book? Is it any different or am I doomed?

I give this movie a 4.5/5 only because of the ending.