My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Wow! This was really really really NOT GOOD.
I quite enjoyed Me Before You so I was looking forward to reading this despite the unfavourable reviews on here. But wow, this was really really really NOT GOOD!
My biggest issues with this book came down to:
I understand Louisa was grieving but good God did she have to put herself and her life on hold for 350/407 pages of the book. She promised Will she would start living her life but every other page was her whining about how she wasn’t doing so, despite everyone in her life telling her the same thing Will did. I feel like Jojo Moyes ~NeeDeD~ us to ~KnOw~ that Louisa was ~rEAlLy SaD~ and so she hammered us with the fact every other paragraph. It reached a point her grief stopped feeling authentic and started feeling like an obvious plot device by the author and an excuse for Louisa to keep putting herself and her life on hold.
Now onto Lily. Good God she was INSUFFERABLE AF!!! I doubt I have ever encountered a more selfish, bratty, entitled character in all my years of reading. She was just such a BITCH!! And her reason for being such a selfish, bratty, entitled bitch was weak AF!! (view spoiler)
Bitch Jojo Moyes please! (view spoiler) but I feel like the author tried to make us empathetic towards Lily because of it but failed miserably because it was not reason enough for Lily to be such a bitch. I understand she’s a teenager and something like that probably felt like the end of the world, but it did not excuse her piss poor behaviour in any way, shape or form. And it was sooo maddening having Louisa explain ONCE AGAIN why she was putting herself and her life on hold to take care of the bitch. Lily Haughton-Miller is now up there with Anastasia Steele when it comes to characters in literature I cannot fucking stand.
My next read is Still Me and I sincerely hope it is better than this utterly basic sequel.
** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing