Sequel September #2 – After You Review

I know I said I would leave reviews until the end of the month however I am finding that I have some free time on my hands at the moment so thought why not seize the moment and get this review done whilst I can. I am starting to be a lot happier about my reading commitments having read two books within the first 10 days of the month. I would like to pick the pace up a little bit but for now this new found motivation is working for me. So here is my review of After You by Jojo Moyes, the sequel to the well known Me Before You.

After You

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.

I am so pleased that Jojo Moyes wrote a second book as I loved Me Before You. I desperately wanted to know how Lou would cope with her grief and where life would take her and fortunately the sequel is just as good as the first.

Without giving too much away I love the new characters that have been introduced, especially Lily. I think she gave Lou the much needed kick up the butt she needed and in return Lou was a lifeline for her. I loved the pairing of Sam and Donna, although Donna wasn’t a key character her candid attitude and brief appearances provided some lighthearted and humorous moments. I felt her and Sam worked well as a team.

Although this story is filled with a lot of grief and sadness there are some times when I  found myself laughing out loud, which was quite refreshing. Each of the characters has their own story to tell and Jojo Moyes gives each character their own spotlight to tell it. Some of the original characters have evolved and gone down paths you wouldn’t necessarily of thought them capable of in the first book.

I have seen quite a lot of negative reviews on this book, obviously comparing it to the first one. Although everyone is entitled to their opinion I think you are wrong to compare it to Me Before You because that book was truly amazing for so many different reasons. How on earth can you top a short lived romance tragically ending before its time? It was almost a modern day Romeo and Juliet.

I think this book is a realistic approach to how someone would live after they’ve lost their love. It shows how life didn’t turn out how Lou expected, her grief wasn’t something she could just turn off but like the rest of us she still needed to earn a living and carry on with her life. If you are expecting a heart wrenching, crying your eyes out story then you will be disappointed however if you are looking for something light hearted with a punch of drama and a little bit of sadness then pick up a copy and give it a go.

What have you got to lose?

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