Well, it has taken about two months to read this book. I am a little sad about it to be honest. I was so excited to read this book, it had been calling out to me from my shelf for months! I was hoping this book would have that same pull that Me Before You had. While it was a good story, it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I guess this will be a bit of a mixed review as there were things that I liked about it and things that I didn’t. This book could have been so much more than it was.
Before I begin (a little commercial break) I have updated my reading challenge for 2017. Unfortunately, I did not complete last years so I am carrying some over to this year. I will also be adding some new ones! Hopefully, I can get through more books this year, it is one of my resolutions! Done. Back to our scheduled review…
Louisa Clark has been through some tough times recently and in turn, she seems to have lost a piece of her identity. She did everything that Will asked her to do and yet, she feels lost without him. Falling off her roof was just a series events that turn her world upside down: meeting a very handsome paramedic, moving back in with her parents while she recovers, having a teenage girl push her way into Lou’s life. Moving on from Will proves to be harder than she thought with his daughter hanging around.
Now, like I said above, there are things that I liked about this book and some I did not like. Lou was a strong character that I liked in the previous novel so it was interesting to read about her life after Will’s death. She has kind of lost that spark and sense of adventure that the readers seemed to love so much in this book. I guess I couldn’t blame her though, if I lost the love of my life, I would be different too. This novel was slower and lacked the emotion, adventure and pace that I loved so much.
I thought this novel was going to be about Lou’s adventures that Will asked her to pursue. While she did do some of that, it was only in the beginning of the book. Throughout the rest of the story she has plenty of adventures but not the kind I was hoping for.
She met many new characters and some of the past ones made an appearance once or twice to show how they are doing. It isn’t hard to keep everyone straight and the most interesting to see are Lily and Sam. Lily is a typical teenager driving everyone up the wall including the readers. There were some times when I was interested in reading about her and then there were other times when I was so annoyed with her I almost skipped through that section! You do find out why she acts the way she does and you give her a little more patience. Overall, she was an interesting little lady who kept Lou and yourself on your toes.
Ambulance Sam on the other hand, well he is the one who you wanted to read about no matter what. There were times in the book where you wanted to smack Lou for being a little petty about their relationship and not being able to move on from Will. Here was someone alive, in front of Lou (who also saved her life!) wanting to be with her and she just kind of wants curl up in a ball and hide half the time. Sam does make her come out of the shell she has been in and you start to see the old Lou come back to life.
This book is way slower than its sibling. There is a lot of dragging on and I think that is what is the hardest to get through. At the end of the book, there is quite a bit of action involving a shooting, lots of blood and crying, a hospital stay and the realization that love is in the air. I won’t ruin it for you but it is between Sam and Louisa. That part and a few select others throughout this book keep it moving. I guess I was so in love and hung up with Me Before You that I didn’t think this book would be any different from it and would make me fall more in love with the series. Just goes to show that each book is its own; so make sure to give it a chance, you might like it more than I did!
To clean things up a bit so it isn’t so confusing:
The new characters
The struggles Lou faced
The lack of emotion and pull that Me before You had
How slow the book was
Overall: If you read Me before You, I would suggest reading this one as well. It wasn’t my favorite but if you love Lou and want to see what happens to her, pick it up.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Up Next: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead