After You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Penguin Books on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Source: Sent to me for review by Penguin Books
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My Rating: ★★★★ 4/5
// SYNOPSIS //
“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.
// MY THOUGHTS //
Hey there, it’s me, back with another review! Due to the holidays last month it took me a little longer than expected to finish reading After You! But, I finally finished it and must say it was such a wonderful book. I’m so glad Jojo Moyes decided to write a second book to show us how Louisa and the Traynor’s moved on and coped with the aftermath of everything that happened in the first book! Without further ado let’s dive right into my review!
After You was also sent to me for review from Penguin Books (THANK YOU)! This novel followed the lives of Lousia Clark and her family as well as the Traynor’s following the heartbreaking conclusion to Me Before You. If you read my last review you’ll know that Me Before You was one emotional roller coaster for me to read!
The story starts off a year or two after Will’s death. Me Before You ended with Louisa in Paris reading Wills final goodbye to her. There it seemed like maybe just maybe she would be able to find her way after Will, not exactly…
Lou is still a complete wreck following Will’s death and hasn’t really done much with her life despite Will’s final pleas for her to just live her life to the fullest. The crushing grief over losing him broke Lou’s heart, as well as mine! (cries for eternity) Living alone in a small impersonal flat bought with the money Will left behind for her; Lou finds herself lost and utterly alone. Her home was with Will and now that he’s gone she feels as if she doesn’t have a safe place to land anymore.
A terrible unexpected fall lands Lou in the hospital and ultimately back home with her eccentric crazy lovable family. All suspecting Lou’s fall was a suicide attempt they force her to go to grief counseling with the Moving On Circle. After her body heals from the fall it took Lou moves back to her flat only for a figure from Will’s past to turn up at her doorstep and send her reeling even more. I won’t say who shows up because it would ruin the surprise, but it’s something I didn’t even expect! This unexpected surprise forces Louisa to face her grief head on with the help of the Moving On Circle. All of the people in the Moving On Circle were hilarious and I loved them dearly.
This novel was full of laughs and many tears. I missed Will in this one a lot, but loved how his voice still seemed to come through into the story. This was still an emotional read, but not nearly as hard for me to read as the first book. It makes you ask yourself a lot of questions but mainly this one… How can you live after losing the person you love most in the world? You use your love for that person to help you through the heartbreak and that’s exactly what Lou did.
If you haven’t read Me Before You and After You then I high recommend adding them both to your TBR immediately! You won’t regret it, I promise!