After You by Jojo Moyes

September 29, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

After You by Jojo MoyesAfter You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on 29th September 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

review

Reviewed by Kelly

*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*

It’s been a while since I listened to Me Before You, so when I started reading After You I wondered if I would still remember everyone and whether I’d feel the same way about Louisa and Will’s story. I definitely needn’t have worried, I was immediately sucked back in.

Writing any spoiler-free review is hard but writing this one seems infinitely harder. I’m so afraid of saying the wrong thing and inadvertently ruining this much-anticipated book for someone.

So what can I say?

Well, I still loved Louisa. She was still the same Louisa that I remembered from Me Before You, except this time she was grieving and was unable to move past it and move on. She was in a job she hated and living in a flat she felt guilty about owning. She was being swallowed up by her grief and drinking too much to numb the pain. The drinking was bound to end in disaster, and it did.

The Clark family were again a strong presence in this book and I haven’t ever laughed so much that I wanted to snort coffee out of my nose (IN PUBLIC!) until I read After You. Look out for a scene that involves blue permanent marker pens, that’s all I’m saying! I loved how they rallied around Louisa when she needed them, there was no question about it and she needed that from them.

There were a fair few new characters this time around; the members of the Moving On group, Jake, Sam, Richard, and, most importantly, Lily.

Lily was a bit of a surprise for me as a reader, as well as for Louisa. I found it really hard to like her at times. She was selfish and rude but still asked a lot from people. As I read more and got to know Lily, I really felt for her. I wanted to cry for her and the impossible situation she found herself in.

I’ve given After You 4 stars. I did love it, I really did, but I honestly felt a little let down by the ending. It didn’t feel cut and dry to me, there were still things up in the air and I would have liked more before I was ready to let Louisa go again.

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