Wednesday, September 14, 2016
MY THOUGHTS: After You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You, #2
September 29, 2015
Pamela Dorman Books
"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 change and surprises await.
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**About the Author**
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.
Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001, she became a full time novelist.
Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.
She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.
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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
Wow! Jojo Moyes has done it again with Louisa's story. How does Louisa deal and cope with the loss of Will Traynor!?! She only had six months with him...six months to fall in love with him and then to lose him...in such a short time.
In After You, that is what we, readers, find out. Does Louisa live boldly as Will had wanted her to do. He left her with some financial stability to be able to venture off to be on her own...and out of her family's home. In the beginning, it has been some time since Will's death. We find Louisa struggling with the loss...and not knowing where to g o to next. Louisa is coping, not fairly well, but it is apparent that she is also angry with Will. Several events forces Lou to face her present and future, and to let go of her past.
What an emotional rollercoaster ride Jojo Moyes took me as I turned the pages on Louisa Clark's life in After Me. This was a touching telling of Louisa's journey in finding herself again and living again...as Will had wished for her. There were various moments of frustrations, tears, and laughter as Louisa rediscovered herself, found life with new meaning, and opened her heart again for love.
If Me Before You captured your hearts with the touching and emotional, and short lived, love story. After You will also give readers another emotional ride with Louisa as she lives boldly.