Recap: After You by JoJo Moyes, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

I may or may not cry every time I see the Me Before You movie trailer. 

And I may have watched it four times in a row today. And it may be because they use “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran and that song makes my heart fill with too many emotions to count.

Okay, one of those was an exaggeration. I didn’t watch the trailer four times in a row today. Once was enough because SO. MANY. FEELINGS.

A couple of days ago, I finished After You, JoJo Moyes’ sequel to Me Before You.

As I’ve said before, coming up with a sequel to a worldwide bestseller is probably pretty difficult. That task probably becomes even more difficult when said book is being turned into a movie. Not just any movie either—a movie that has anxious fans already stuffing their purses with tissues for its June 3rd release date.

Given this challenge, I believe Moyes handled it with grace. A sequel needs to give readers a REASON to keep reading because at this point, the story could stand all by itself, so why take the chance that a sequel could ruin it?

Because authors, editors, and publishers alike know that we readers possess an UNGODLY amount of hope in our book nerd bodies.  We crave that next chapter and we long for something more than the initial 400 pages because we know there’s always more to the story.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading After You. At this moment, I still do not know how I feel about the end result. To me, it almost seemed unrelated. Substitute some names and After You may not even need to be called “After”, it could just be called “You”.

However, that does not mean that it was not a worthwhile read. I’m happy I read it because I now know how some of my favorite characters end up. And who doesn’t wish for a Jane-Austen-tied-up-with-a-pretty-little-bow ending? I want my favorite characters happy.

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Now for this weekend’s read, I picked up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

It is eccentric, different, completely unexpected, and I am absolutely loving it.

Plus, I do love a footnote every once in a while (which explains my undying love for An Abundance of Katherines by John Green).

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Of course, I cannot forget my adventures with Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. If only I had expectations like Pip’s…

I’m currently reading:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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