“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’ve been on the fence about reading this one for a while. I absolutely adored Me Before You! Me Before You was different than anything I had ever read before; it was raw and heart-breaking. Now while I loved the story and the characters, I was satisfied with where things had ended. Lou and Will had such a heart breaking beautiful relationship that I think it clouded my view of Lou with anyone else. I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around Lou with ambulance Sam; I just didn’t feel the chemistry between them.
While I was curious to see how Lou was doing after Will, I wish that Moyes would have left Me Before You as a stand-alone. After You was an entertaining story, I’m just not sure it was necessary. I don’t even know what to say about Lily. I loved the idea of her, but as a character I found her bratty and annoying. I don’t think Moyes had enough of a story to warrant an entire sequel, it felt as though she strung together a bunch of little ideas that fit together.
This story just fell short for me. While I felt every emotion reading Me Before You. After You just didn’t have that same impact. The one thing I enjoyed in After You was the quirk and wit that readers have come to love from Lou is still very present. She’s an amazing and strong character and definitely the only reason I finished reading this novel.
Rating: 2 for Lou/5