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After You

After You, October 2015
sequel to ME BEFORE YOU
by Jojo Moyes

Pamela Dorman Books
Featuring: Louisa Clark
368 pages
ISBN: 0525426590
EAN: 9780525426592
Kindle: B00TY3ZKG8
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"AFTER YOU Leaves You With A Heavy Heart"

Fresh Fiction Review

After You
Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Susan Dyer
Posted October 9, 2015

Women's Fiction Contemporary | Contemporary Women's Fiction

You have to read the previous book, ME BEFORE YOU before you read AFTER YOU. You will miss out on too much if you don't. Louisa had been Will's caregiver. Will was a quadriplegic and had decided to end his life. Louisa fell in love with Will while caring for him. Fast forward eighteen months and Louisa is a hot mess. She is struggling and just can't seem to move on. One night she decides to go up on her rooftop and somehow, falls off. Everyone close to her is sure she did it on purpose but she tries, unconvincingly, to tell them it was an accident.

She returns to her parents home to recover. Louisa is a physical and emotional wreck. She starts going to a group called The Moving On Circle where she meets quite the cast of characters. They are all trying to move on, and in the therapy sessions we learn quite a bit about them. They all have fears, insecurities, hope, as well as survivors guilt. AFTER YOU shows how moving on and living again is different for everyone. You can't help but feel the emotional turmoil Louisa is in and it breaks your heart. When a stranger from Will's past shows up on Louisa's doorstep, her life will change like she never expected.

When I first heard that AFTER YOU was being published I was excited and scared. I truly wanted to catch up with Louisa and see how her life was going. What if I didn't love it as much as ME BEFORE YOU? Well, I was not disappointed at all, but really felt like the sequel wasn't necessary to the original story. The characters are well written and I didn't find fault in any part of the story. It didn't blow me away and I didn't feel the emotional impact like I did with the first book. That being said, I'm sure some readers will love it and others won't. But that is the beauty of reading. We all have different likes and dislikes right? I've always loved Ms. Moyes books and I still do. She always writes well-written stories from the heart and I'm sure she will continue to do so.

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SUMMARY

When one story ends, another begins. The sequel to the beloved New York Times million-copy bestseller, Me Before 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.

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.


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