“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
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.
Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication Date: 29th September 2015
Series: Yes – It’s the sequel to Me Before You
If you’ve read my review of the first book, you’ll know that it didn’t exactly turn out to be a favourite. Despite this, I still read the next book because well, I don’t know why actually. (Thankfully, there’s less tears in this one.)
Louisa Clark is still the main character. She now lives a different life – albeit slightly aimless. So maybe not so different after all. She’s still grieving the death of Will. Her character is quite different from the cheery and outgoing girl we come to know in Me Before You. It’s like she’s become a totally different person. For some reason, (maybe because it was done so well, or maybe it was because it’s been ages since I read the first book) I didn’t find it hard to link Lou between the two books.
New characters pop in, and some were like, shocking revelations. (Not gonna tell you anything because you know, spoilers. :D) I loved how these characters were all special, and how Jojo Moyes kinda showed that everyone had their own story, which explains their actions and how we shouldn’t judge people too quickly. (I don’t know, that’s what I feel like I got from it.)
The back of the book doesn’t tell you much about the plot. And that means I won’t too 😛
A shocking character comes in, and the plot centres around her, and Lou trying to make sense of everything. The book doesn’t start out with her, or anything extremely interesting and fast-paced. It wasn’t until about 60 pages in that I got sucked in. (I stayed up till 4am finishing it.)
There’s a grief support group in this book, but I felt that it wasn’t taken very seirously and it felt like a joke.
Jojo Moyes’ writing has improved so much! There weren’t times where the writing just put me off, and I wanted to drop it.
I still have to remember that this is a contemporary novel, and not a high fantasy, therfore the prose would be different. But I really quite enjoyed the prose though.
This is a really short review….To conclude, I really quite enjoyed this book. I enjoyed seeing Lou go through changes, but still being her kind self. The storyline was interesting, and the new and different characters were a really really nice addition to the book. Jojo Moyes’ writing style has improved a lot since the release of Me Before You. The book sucked me in quite quickly, and I hope that if you do read it, the same would go for you!
- Interesting new characters
- Enjoyable storyline with good backstories for some of the characters
- Wasn’t the most exciting book ever
Rating: 4 Stars – See my rating system.
Owned: Oui oui~
Recommended for: Those that liked Me Before You and those that enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Oh and also if you
Sorry if this review was a bit bland! >< Currently exhausted and can’t think properly.
Have you read either of the books? If yo’ve already read this one, what did you think of it?