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Review: ‘After You’ by Jojo Moyes

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘After You’ by Jojo MoyesAfter You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Published by Penguin Books on September 29th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Edelweiss
four-stars
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.

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review

There’s this version in my head where the actions from the previous book Me Before You is irrelevant. Readers who have read the book know exactly what I’m talking about, that moment in the end where things could have ended differently. Way differently. And then I realized there was going to be a sequel. How would life go on after everything that happened? How would each and every one of the characters move on? I couldn’t fully comprehend the need for a sequel, but my friend pushed me to read it, so I ended up requesting it on NetGalley.

I knew from the moment I read the first paragraph I wouldn’t stick to reading it for too long. This one would be read quickly and devoured. Hoping that I would be released from the clutches of emotional turmoil Me Before You entailed. I was wrong of course. Jojo just knows how to stick her hands into your heart and wrench it. There’s one part where I couldn’t bare to read that I literally left my iPad on the table for twenty-four hours because I had to come to grips with what just happened or what was said. It brought up all the emotions that I felt for the characters and I couldn’t help but cry. Yep, I knew I wouldn’t last long. Moyes delivers a story that will have you nodding your head along and making sure you’ll be the cheerleader the characters need. I love her writing. I will forever cherish this book only because I remember feeling all the feels for one particular character. I have to remind myself that Will isn’t real, but the thing is, this person could be anyone in my life, and in a little way it could even be me.

Get ready to be brought into a new whirlwind romance, but that doesn’t stop there either. There’s more family, friendship and obviously a lot of healing needed to be done. This is the story of what happens after someone you love has passed away. Don’t say I didn’t warn you that it has its twists and turns.


quotes

I think she loves me. But she loves herself more. Or how could she do what she does?
I just wanted to feel…alive.
It was what we all wanted, ultimately, to be freed from our grief. To be released from this underworld of the dead, half our hearts lost underground, or trapped in little porcelain urns.
Just live well. Just live.
You never know what will happen, when you fall from a great height.
You have a great smile, Louisa Clark. It’s one of the several hundred things I like about you.
Divorced? I’m a good Catholic girl, Louisa. We don’t divorce. We just make our men suffer for all eternity.
You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.
When someone we love is snatched from us, it often feels very hard to make plans. Sometimes people feel like they have lost faith in the future, or they become superstitious.
What’s the point of getting close to someone if you’re only going to lose them?
You don’t have to be sad just to stay connected to him.
Do you know how stifling it is to be told you are never going to be able to change? For the rest of your life? Because nobody else wants you to? Do you know how awful it is to feel stuck?
You live. And throw yourself into everything and try not to think about the bruises.

reading progress

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rating

4/5

four-stars

3 Comments

  1. Natalie

    November 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Ah! I’m so scared to pick this one up after loving/being emotionally torn apart by the first book! Sounds like it’s worth it though?

    • giselle

      November 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      It’s definitely worth it. Just to see how your favourite characters end up anyway

  2. Sophia Rose

    November 19, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    The heartbreak and emotional turmoil sound worth it. Nice review, Giselle!
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