This is the last book in the ‘Me Before You’ trilogy and I am so glad I went through with it. Jojo Moyes has done a pretty good job in stretching a story this far and I must applaud her for this.
However, this was my least favorite out of the three books. Maybe because I had received the satisfaction I yearned for after reading ‘Me Before You’ from ‘After You’ and this book seemed like extra helping which I may or may not have really needed.
Louisa Clark returns again here on a new adventure to New York City to start a new job with the Gopniks, a high class but dysfunctional family with it’s share of drama. Louisa struggles to keep her new relationship with her boyfriend “Ambulance Sam” alive and they face the challenges that come with long distance relationships. In this story, she learns that the Gopniks may have made her believe that she was a friend but not everyone who calls herself your friend is. Louisa eventually discovers her passion and by sheer luck and a payback for her kindness, she is given an opportunity to fulfil her dreams.
This book had a happily ever after kind-of ending and it was supposed to give me some sort of final satisfaction but I finished the book with a feeling of relief. This was mainly because in this book, I simply fell out of love with Sam’s character and was frustrated reading the back and forth of their long distance relationship. I must confess that a bit of it may be personal as I usually get frustrated when you warn men close to you about women who are clearly preying on them and they continue to argue that they are not until they are in too deep and it has ruined their relationships or marriage. Sam was stupid like that but I guess most men are or pretend to be while enjoying the attention.
Louisa however, was still a delightful and interesting character to read. Someone you would always keep as your fictional friend. Also her sister’s big reveal in this book added some spice to it and it was quite a surprise. Louisa’s parents continued to crack me up and the update on the lives of the Traynors was also a welcome addition. Some of the new characters are forgettable although Agnes Gopnik stood out of the pack.
I would recommend this book to every one as it was witty and quite interesting however, it gets the lowest rating out of the three books in this series.
P.s. This book is the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Fiction so my rating may not count much.
Rating: 3.9 Stars
Published: October 23, 2018 by Penguin Books (First published January 30, 2018)
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The Author: Jojo Moyes is a British novelist. Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist. Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004. She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.