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After You

After You
Jojo Moyes
Penguin, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.


I was worried about this book. I loved the first one so much, I read it in no time at all. The stakes were high for After You. Overall, I liked it. It wasn’t the same as the first one, which was good. The twist surprised me, and I liked the new characters and the ending. However, I thought the storyline surrounding Lily was creatively uninspired. It was too easy! I enjoyed reading about her, but seriously. Too convenient. Also, I thought that Lou’s mom’s storyline was a little too similar to Bridget Jones’s mom in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Those things aren’t important in the end, though. What matters is how much people enjoyed reading it, and I must have, because as I write this review I realize that I totally want to read After You again.

Comments

  1. I'm not sure I will read this book. I liked Me Before You a lot, but it wasn't my favorite. I have heard some mix things about its sequel, but I am still intrigued so really I don't know if I will read it. lol

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