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Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

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Title: After You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Published: 2015

Pages: 352

Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit

Format: Book borrowed from the library

My rating:  3/5

Review:

“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. . . .”

After falling in love with Will Traynor and Louisa Clark, I was not sure how I was going to adjust to this story fresh off of Dignitas. The story picks up 2 years after his death and Lou is a mess, rightfully so. Lou still has reservations about herself and what she is capable of, and without Will, she feels that she has lost the drive to be and do more. Although, yes this is a sequel, I felt that this story could survive on its own as there were numerous flashbacks and memories from the past of both Will and Lou that we who read Me Before You had previously known – which was a great reminder for sure, and an excellent way to keep the stories in line. I felt that this go around had what I was expecting – a blast from the past (in an odd way), the struggle to move on and have peace with ones lost, and finding yourself when all hope was lost. So I was not surprised by a majority of the narrative which was a bit of a letdown though the storytelling was on point and painted a picture of Lou’s life and that of those around her.

There potentially could be a third installment of this series as Lou resolves some of her hesitations and heads in a different direction, an adventure of sorts. However, I do not believe one is needed. I appreciated the end of Me Before You because it did leave me wondering but allowed me to come up with my own rendition of Lou’s future. The same with the ending of After You, I feel that there is some resolve but also room for us as readers to dream of what comes next for Lou – a life we couldn’t exactly pinpoint in the first novel but still anticipating what is to come.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”

Read After You  if you like the themes of:

  • Family
  • Love
  • Moving On
  • Teenage Angst
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