Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

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Reviewed by: Aimee
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Page count: 352 Pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes (25% off!)

***There will probably be spoilers in here if you haven’t read the first book, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, as this review is about its sequel. To read a review for Me Before You, follow the link below…

https://booklandvernon.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/book-review-me-before-you-by-jojo-moyes/

Now let’s talk about After You.

A majority of the reviews I’ve read about After You were written by disappointed readers who compared the book to fan fiction for ­the first novel, Me Before You. There was a lot of criticism about writing a book with Will Traynor no longer in the picture, and I agree that I initially was skeptical. But I also wanted to find out what happened to Louisa and I grew to love the new characters introduced as well as the old ones that carried on from the first book.

The book starts out with Louisa Clark, seemingly stuck in a rut after Will’s death, when an extraordinary accident brings her back to her family home where she is forced to take a second look at her life. What she sees is a girl who can’t seem to move on from the man she loved, and is stuck in a joyless and mundane job. Persuaded (and practically forced) by her family to start attending a grief therapy group, she joins a bunch of unusual but caring people who are struggling with the loss of a loved one as well. It’s there that she runs into Sam Fielding, a confident paramedic who might be the only person who is able to understand her. But all is thrown into a loop when someone from Will’s past shows up unexpectedly at Lou’s door, changing everything.

After You is a story about being able to move on from your past and breaking free from burdens that hold you down. It’s a story about second chances, new beginnings, and friendship in the most unlikely of people. While it is no longer the love story between Lou and Will that we grew to love in the first book, it is a book that stands apart and makes us fall in love again with the offbeat Louisa and the struggles she overcomes to live her life to the fullest she can.

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone… There is hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. Just live well. Just live.”

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