Title: After You (Me Before You #2)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
“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.
I read this book almost immediately after the first. I went in knowing that it has mixed reviews but still heartbroken over the ending of the first book. I read this wanting to see if it was as good but also hoping for a little bit of closure and looking for that happy ending.
Personally I really enjoyed this book, I went into it not expecting more of the same but wanting to see what happens next in her life. I don’t really want to go into a ton of detail knowing that this is the second book but I think if you approach this book as the next chapter in somebodies life then you should enjoy it.
I can’t say I agree with all her choices but we all deal with life and tragedy in different ways. I do however love the new characters introduced in this book and bringing back characters from the prior book.
If anyone is on the fence with this book, I just want to comment that I started and finished this book on the same day. I typically do that only with books that are easy and fun to read 🙂