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.
Honestly, I’m putting this up front, it was not as good as the original. I guess because I felt everything in Me Before You. I was devastated almost beyond repair. HOW COULD ANYONE RECOVER FROM WILL? EVEN I CAN’T!
So yeah, there were less feels in this book, but… but, this was not a bad book, I didn’t hate it, I actually enjoyed it. This book feels like closure to me, it kinda helped in healing the wound that Will left me.
Actually, almost all my opinions in Me Before You still stands. You still need to acclimatize yourself to her writing in the first few chapters because it’s written in British English and sometimes they use different words, phrasing things differently. It’s simple and pretty straightforward that you might think it’s gonna be boring, but I wasn’t bored. In fact, I finished it in a day!
“You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”
Louisa is still as loyal, and as caring as they come. She’s not the most ambitious bloke, but very, very likeable. I still do not like Lou’s sister, but amazingly, her mom changed a lot in this book, she became a super cool and awesome mother! Patrick is still kinda pathetic. (Although, I’m sure he won’t be as pathetic in the Me Before You movie because he’ll be played by Matthew Lewis!)
A plot twist was added in this book to remember Will, I’m not sure it worked. The only new character I liked was Sam, even though I’m not supposed to root for him because of Will, but he really is every bit of a dream guy for me (No disrespect to you Will, I still love you)!!!!!! Lou’s support group were all annoying.
“Sometimes the illusion of happiness could inadvertently create it.”
I guess, Ms. Moyes has this incredible gift of making you feel attached to her characters that you become sad when they’re sad, and vice versa, you become so happy when they’re happy. You root for them to have a happy ending despite all the heartaches they’ve faced.
Overall, still a great read despite not being as good as the first one. (I mean, I already knew it was impossible)