Sunday, June 5, 2016

After You by JoJo Moyes | Review

Title: After You
Author: JoJo Moynes
Pages: 353
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Goodreads rating: 3.72 Stars
Published:  September 29, 2015
Source: Audiobook/Library


“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

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.

My Thoughts

*DISCLAIMER* This will have spoilers from Me Before You!! If you haven't read it and are planning on doing so, please, please, please don't read anymore!!!!

I'm serious!! If you don't want Me Before You spoiled, DO NOT READ ANYMORE!!!!

Okay... are you sure you want to read ahead??  Here goes...

I picked this up because I just really needed to know what happened to Lou after her life helping Will. Sh'e not really doing much with it, which kind of makes me go "man!"  Me Before You left Lou in a place that was sad but had promise.  After You found her working in a little pub by the airport, not really going anywhere.  Sure, she'd traveled to Paris for a bit after Will died, but she came home after, and found herself stuck in a rut.

Horribly enough, her rut ends when she's surprised by what everyone thinks was a figment of her imagination and falls off her apartment building's roof!  She survives, only to go through an interesting turn with the so-called figment of her imagination {no, it wasn't Will, and no, I won't ruin this and tell you who it was}.  She does find that her heart isn't completely closed off since Will, and it's swonderful to see this new interest bring her back out of the cocoon she built around herself.

The story takes twists and turns, some of them expected and others not. It ends pleasantly, but honestly not where I wanted to see Lou after the devistation that was her relationship with Will and the gaping hole Me Before You left in her life {and my heart!}.  I was hoping for a much more "happily ever after" or even "hey! It's all working out for Lou!" type of ending, and that isn't the way the author took this story.

I did borrow the audiobooke of this from my library {months ago... and am just now writing my review... oops!}, and some of this rating is also rating the narrator of the audiobook {she was fantastic, and exactly how I picked Lou to sound in my head}.  If you enjoyed Me Before You, you would defintely enjoy After You {probably more so}.  I would even go so far as to say you don't necessarily need to read Me Before You to read After You and enjoy it!

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