After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes
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.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it like the first one. The story begins about 18 months after Will’s death. Louisa is a mess. She’s dealing with grief and finding it hard to move on with her life despite her family members’ urging. She feels guilty about having bought a flat with Will’s money. She’s even questioning whether she imagined their relationship to be more than it actually was. It’s sad.
Then sixteen year old Lily turns up saying Will Traynor was her father. Her mother kept it a secret from everyone. Lily is even more of a mess than Louisa. And by caring for Lily, Lou finally begins to move on with her life. Mr. and Mrs. Traynor are in the story as well, so Moyes shows how they’re coping as well.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Lou and Lily. It seemed very believable. I didn’t really appreciate Louisa’s family at all during this book. Were they that annoying in the first book? I can’t remember. There was a weird plot with her mother that didn’t really seem necessary to the overall story.
The cast of characters from Lou’s support group helped round out the grief plot, and Louisa’s ridiculous boss gave the story some humor. There is a sweet love interest story line as well, of course. I thought that plot line was very realistic as well.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t ever really WANT to sit down and read it. It wasn’t extremely compelling, perhaps just because of the sad nature of the story.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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