After you ~ Jojo Moyes
Rating: 4 (really liked it) Goodreads rating: 3.7
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…
What I thought:
This book has been out awhile but, I still do not want to give any possible spoilers for those who have not read the first book “me before you”. I basically really enjoyed this book as well. I love how the author pulls you into characters. You get to know them and ride along as they struggle with their humanity. Miss Clark was still a character I could relate to and still trying to figure life out. I was glad they added in the pain of those still left after the traumatic effects of the first one. I was saddened by how they left off at the end once again but i am assuming it is so we are tugged to keep following miss Clark and see where her journey goes next. The author knows how to make your heart beat fast and then pull it out squeeze it and put it back in.
It was upsetting that she was not the energetic happy girl who wanted everything to work out and a ball of light even when her own life was not working out. However, when I think about how I was a year after losing people in my own life the picture was not to happy and I found myself struggling as well so I could relate and i started to like seeing her trying to come out of it. I also loved the man that comes into play later.
Favorite passage or part:
“no journey out of grief was straightforward. There would be good days and bad days. Today was just a bad day, a kink in the road, to be traversed and survived.”
I liked this passage and the ones like it in the book because they remind me of my own grief I have had to get through and so many of us have. I liked how as she is pushing to just get through life while others think she should be doing more that you can see how each bit she takes in moves her in a direction to keep going.
What some others thought of the book:
(It is hard to find some that do not spoil either book)
How do you top a book that was perfection to me?
The author does have a bit at the beginning asking readers to not spoil anything for other readers and I will respect that, because just because a book doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean that everyone will feel that same way.
It’s just that….I felt so personally invested in th
This novel is the sequel to “Me Before You”, so you need to read that book first to be able to engage into this one.
BECAUSE LIFE DOESN’T END LIKE BOOKS
I am truly glad that Jojo Moyes, the author, decided to write this sequel, since while Me Before You has a proper closure and you could be totally satisfied there, well, life doesn’t have “endings” like the books, and certainly while Will Traynor’s storyline ends there, Louisa Clark have a whole life in front of her and…more