Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication: September 29, 2015
By: Penguin Random House/Pamela Dorman Books
Narrator: Anna Acton
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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.
A NOTE FROM JOJO MOYES ABOUT HER EXCITING NEW NOVEL, AFTER YOU:
I wasn't going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life. In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.
It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again. And I'm hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.
*I received copies of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I tag-teamed both the hardcover and the audio for this review.
STORY: It's really hard to review this one without spoiling it, so you'll just have to buy it and read it for yourself. (Trust me, you won't regret it.) This didn't suck me in quite as fast as Me Before You, and I spent a good bit of time frustrated with Lou and missing Will. (Just like his family ironically enough.) But then there was a twist I didn't see coming, one that grabbed hold of my heartstrings and refused to let go until the last page.
Jojo Moyes has done a fantastic job of illustrating the ripple effect our choices make. The hurt it can cause, as well as the hope it can bring.
I laughed, I cried, and I laughed through my tears. This is the book Jojo Moyes never intended to write, but I'm really glad she did.
AUDIO: The narrator does a great job of bringing all of the characters to life.