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Better than Book 2, but just fine
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
3stars- Let me start by saying, that I was a HUGE fan of Me Before You. Like read it on an airplane, sobbed tears on said airplane, made no apologies to my fiance (now husband) or other seatmate, and came home to reread the second half of the book. I then recommended to anyone who would listen and sobbed from the moment the movie started because if you read the book you knew how this would end. Then the second book came out. And I was heavily disappointed. Like literally threw the book down disappointed. So I wanted book 3 to be the redemption of Louisa Clark. I wanted to see the Louisa that I saw in book 1.
And we did in many ways. She was every bit as selfless and helpful and adorable as book 1 Louisa. But the book just was fine. It was a good story– not great, but it did world’s better for Louisa than book 2. I actually wish this would have been book 2. All of the usual characters make an appearance– even Lily– who is as dreadful as ever. I know Moyes had to include Lily because of where book 2 went, but that’s why I wish book 2 did not go there. I see Lily as an unnecessary character and edition to Louisa’s life. If she is supposed to represent a memory to Will, I feel Lily does not do that at all.
So while I liked this book better than 2, it was just good. Louisa is happy and I honestly hope we can just leave it at that. I want my Louisa Clark’s story to end back in book 1 when she is backpacking Europe. So mentally, I will probably tell myself that is what she did forever. With that, I ask that the Louisa story goes no further. Let our beloved character end where we have been left in book 3.