You may wonder at some point where my review of ME BEFORE YOU is, and the answer is INSIDE MY BROKEN HEART, THAT’S WHERE. I was never able to write a review for Me Before You. I was too emotional and the book is one that is close to my heart now. It was also my first Jojo Moyes read, and how could I sum up that magical experience in a wimpy review?
Well, I also didn’t fare too well reviewing my second Moyes read, ONE PLUS ONE, even though that became one of my top reads of the year. Now THAT ONE built my heart up page by page. But I loved it too much to find the words. Again.
Now here I am, having just finished reading AFTER YOU, a book I nor Jojo Moyes ever imagined would even exist, but I think I can actually tell you about this experience.
Reading After You was the therapy I didn’t know I needed after reading Me Before You.
Lou is a total mess in After You. Her current life status is not the grandeur I had imagined she would be living after Me Before You. I somehow didn’t expect that, but it makes total sense. I found myself feeling the exact same feelings as Lou. I was angry, sad, and felt lost right along with her, but I also wanted her to pull through so badly. But as the book says at one point, everyone experiences grief on their own timeline. And sometimes people want you to be over it because they are, and they get frustrated with you for not being over it, but it’s not the way grief works.
The synopsis above goes over a lot of the things Lou goes through without giving anything away so I won’t be rehashing that, but I will touch upon a few of the things. The “figure from Will’s past” that turns up was a total shocker. I did not see that coming. I thought it was brilliant though. And Sam, the paramedic? He was lovely. But lovely with grit to him. I loved him. OBVS.
After You had a lot of the things I’ve come to love from a Jojo Moyes book. It made me feel a full range of emotions. Reading Moyes’s books is knowing I’m signing up to spend hours a day completely immersed in these worlds and characters she’s created. And I love that they’re ordinary people like all of us. I took my time savoring After You because I didn’t want it to be over, but I’m so happy it even happened. Loved it.
After You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Published by Pamela Dorman Books
Pub Date: September 29th 2015
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
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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.