Published by Penguin on January 1st 1970
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
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.
OH. MY. GOD. NO, seriously, Oh my God.
If you have not read Me Before You, then I highly suggest that you stop reading my review this instant, because this review will contain spoilers about Me Before You. If you don’t really mind, then be my guest, keep reading.
OKAY, SO WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT WILL DIED RIGHT? And I thought that was the MOST. HEARTBREAKING. SHIT. EVER. Until I read this book, the book AFTER WILL’S DEATH, and I’m just there like NOPE. JUST. OMG. I mean, I never thought that I needed a sequel after Me Before You, but I need it. YOU need it. It basically is like a closure, and everything that hurts from the previous book, will just slowly stop hurting. (Well, kinda.)
In this book, we get to see the REAL Louisa after Will’s death. We get to see that yeah, she definitely went to Paris, but was it really THE life that Will wanted her to have? Was she really okay? Was there anything she regretted? That was what After You is about. It basically shows us the real truth when someone gets left behind. The raw, gritty truth.
And then one day, she just got knocked out with a huge news. AND THIS LIKE TOOK EVERYONE BY SHOCK OMG. And they just started second-guessing everything. All the maybes, the whatifs start to resurface, and Louisa wonders if she really did move on.
I think After You had a different tone to it, different from the one in Me Before You. After You was more heartbreaking, crushing, raw and you see sides of characters that you never thought you would see. I’m not even going to talk about the romance part of this book, because it wasn’t really the focal point. BUT YEAH. OMG. This book. I died. YOU WILL PROLLY CRY MORE IN THIS BOOK THAN IN ME BEFORE YOU. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.