Friday, December 4, 2015

After You

Book: After You
Series: Me Before You #2
Author: JoJo Moyes

11 hours, 6 minutes

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.-Goodreads

Review: I loved Me Before You for multiple reasons-it made me think about assisted suicide, I fell in love with Louisa and Will's story, and it caused such a visceral emotional reaction that I could barley talk about the book for days without crying. It's hard to top that and unfortunately After You was...well, it was okay. I didn't hate it, but instead of focusing on Louisa's life I felt like Will was still front and center. We are introduced to a new character, Lily, who was incredibly annoying. There were explanations for her behavior but I really despised her and her awful behavior. Lou does find love again-he's nice and they are very nice together. Nothing extraordinary. 

Overall-there's just nothing special or exciting about this sequel. 

Grade: 2.5/5

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