Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Narrator: Anna Acton
Audiobook Publisher: Penguin Audio
This is my honest review.
Rating: 4 Stars ~ Loved
I initially had no intention to read After You when it was released. A year before I had read Me Before You and was quite content with how the book ended. I thought I could walk away and just live. The thing about Me Before You is that every now and again I think of its characters Will and Lou. I think about their story, and I think about Lou especially. Then the sudden curiosity about what happened to Lou started happening, so I decided to find out where her story takes her. I was finally ready to read After You.
After You didn’t evoke the same strong emotions that I felt while reading Me Before You, but it was still a very satisfying and touching read. The book begins with Lou definitely struggling and having a hard time coping on a daily basis. Other returning characters are also having a difficult time in their own lives as well. So my curiosity was pretty high from the beginning and my interest was piqued since I had cared about these characters in the first book.
I won’t say much about the plot, but I have to say that Jojo Moyes came up with a twist that I did not expect, more lively characters, and a learning journey for Lou that gives her purpose. I have and always will adore Lou even though it takes her a while to figure things out. I wanted to see her get to a good place. In the end, I’m glad I found out what happened to her.
English actress Anna Acton is the sole narrator for After You, and she’s a delight to listen to in an audiobook! If you’ve listened to the Me Before You audiobook, like I have, then I would recommend listening to After You as well. You will not be disappointed.
“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.