Review: After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

Thursday, September 29
My rating:



“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.

****

A matter of be careful what you wish for.

Did Gone With the Wind get a sequel?

Sure. (Ok... the author was different, but sequel it was.)

Did it suck?

Sure.

Sometimes, you need someone around to tell you when to walk away.

What I loved:

- Kudos to Jojo Moyes for giving Lou & Will fans what they wanted. We all want to know how a heroine like Lou fares post-epilogue, and it was a testament to her that she put in the some effort to deliver.
Quote…“I’m still a doughnut, okay?” I said. “I want to be a bun, I really do. But I’m still a doughnut.”

- I thought Sam was quite a good character. Good, but I probably won't remember all that much about him passed whatever I read next.

What I didn’t love:

- I didn't love that Lou turned into generic cornflakes. I knew what she was meant to be, but she was just a weaker, more brittle, more bland version. And bitter! Jesus. The way she seems to constantly paint herself as the victim in Will's situation drove me to drink.
I'm just playing. I've been drinking since 3.
- The old surprise kid chestnut. Just... what? Where were Ms Moyes friends when she brainstormed that goodie?
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- I believe that JM was trying to share a life lesson with readers, because the other two books I read (The Last Letter from Your Lover and Me Before You) were both generously obvious with their take-home message. For the life of me, I don't know what this book's central message is. I just don't fucking get it. Unless it's:
Sometimes the silver lining is actually just another, somewhat whiter, cloud, and not the sunshine you were lead to believe it would be.
That's what I took away from this story, and I don't want to spend a day reading that.
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- Lily was just a standard, self-involved teen. Of course she had a painful background to share but suck it up, buttercup.
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Overall…

The writing was good but the story was slow. Lou's life was a disappointment, and even when she moved on it all felt like settling. Sometimes a sequel is a bad idea.
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