Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

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Book Review: After You by Jojo MoyesAfter You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking on September 29th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 353
Source: Purchase
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“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

After Me Before You I can easily say that I’m a Jojo Moyes fan but sadly this one did not hit mine like Me Before You did.

The premise is amazing and of course we still have Louisa trying to make her way in the world, which can be hard at the best of times. She’s stuck and that is perfectly understandable but it seems like she’s stuck for days.

Upon days, upon days, upon days.

I did listen to this in Audio so that may have something to do with it but I was not as captured as the first. I never felt completely pulled back into the world of bumble stockings. She’s depressed and I get that but I don’t want to become depressed while reading this. Which is odd to say considering how much I cried during Me Before You but I was never full out depressed.

I think it is a bit long for not much to happen. The plot stays stagnant for a while. This is coming out harsher than I mean because I really do love the characters and the story telling was good but it just did not resonate. And if I’m completely honest we all know why. Such a great hit as the first in the series left me not wanting to read any other book out there. I had a book hangover for quite some time. I only wanted to go back and read Me Before You and no other book existed.

So, I wanted that same feeling which is never going to happen. I mean, unless you’re JK Rowling who is some kind of witch or something and can write sequels like nobody’s business.

On the good side of things, I did love reading about her next adventure. The story does lighten up a bit which is great because I couldn’t imagine her going through anymore. It is even more of a find who you are story than Me Before You was and I can really see that. Sometimes characters have to go through crap that we don’t like and of course as fans we’re here kicking and screaming for them because how much abuse can authors pile onto them, really!?

In short: Another really emotional read but for different reasons this time. A lot of this was negative but I did still really enjoy and would recommend.

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
Cover
4 / 5
Overall: 4.1 / 5

 

 

The Author

About Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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