Me Before You #2
Contemporary Fiction, Romance
September 29th, 2015
11 hours, 6 minutes
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.
Having read Before You previously, and bawling my eyes out through the whole thing, I couldn’t wait to pick up the follow up book, After You.
After You was a good book, but I didn’t “love love” it. I felt like it didn’t hold quite as much emotion as Before You, and that it was really created just to wrap up the main characters story line after she was left with loss before. I wasn’t super thrilled with where she’d ended up at the start of the book compared to where she was when the last book left off, but I suppose it was working to cover the grief that had been over time building.
It also introduced some characters haphazzardly that could have tied in with the old story-I felt like I kind of understand why (it really needed more of a plot than her just getting over it, I guess?) but it felt a little… off. I’m not sure.
If you loved and read Before You, then you probably still need to read this book just to get a follow up on the characters, but if you were “meh” about Before You, I’d recommend skipping it.
I listened to After You on Audiobook.