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Review: After You by JoJo Moyes

Let's talk about a really good book, okay? 
And you know what's better than a really good book? TWO really good books. 




There aren't that many great sequels in books. It's a lucky of draw, just like movies. 

A couple years ago, I sat crying my eyes out while reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, After that, I obsessively read her others, The Last Letter from Your Lover, One Plus One and The Girl You Left Behind 



I LOVED Me Before You. It was such a compassionate, non-traditional love story. I love the stories where you don't think love is even possible but then suddenly, it's there, right in front of the character and you're as happy for them as you would be if you yourself had just found the love of your life. 

After You was a little bit a curve ball, especially after the page turner of its precursor. I hated finding Louisa Clark so sad and broken at the start of the book, but I don't know why I expected any less. (I won't put any spoilers in this so you can read Me Before You, but I'll just say that you shouldn't expect flowers and sunshine right away.)

Louisa isn't fighting to be happy. She's being a bump on a log, as my mom used to say to me when I was pouting. She's just getting by. Gloomy. She's no longer the quirky girl with the interesting wardrobe. She's just sad. So it took a while for me to get into After You, but I am glad I stuck around because there's a curve ball that made things quite interesting. 

What would you do if life was asking you to keep holding on to something in your past? What if the one thing you were holding on to made it impossible for you to move on? 

I think Louisa is an interesting character because she's alive, but she's got this dead soul, and slowly, during After You, it starts stirring and slowly, you see her come back again. She was such an interesting character at the beginning of Me Before You. She's a very transitional character. It was such a relief to see her come back again in the sequel. 

Anyway, I feel like I am rambling but here's the deal. If you've read Me Before You and loved it, you'll need After Me to tie up the loose ends and check in on Louisa, because there's no way you didn't fall in love with her. If you haven't read it, then go ahead and tackle it, because it's just one of those love stories you need to read. 

Happy Reading! 

Comments

  1. A non-traditional romance sounds awesome! Thanks for your review; I've been curious about Jojo Moyes' work! Happy Tuesday! :)

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  2. I've never read anything by Jojo Moyes. I really need to try Me Before You! :)

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  3. I loved me before you with many hours of passionate ugly crying. I did not know there was an after you, but I will certainly read it. Thanks for the information.

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  4. I loved Me Before You! It has been one of the only books to make me cry. And I've had After You on my to-read list but haven't gotten around to it. Your review has me wanting to pick it up right away. After I've re-read Me Before You.

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  5. With the forthcoming movie version of Me Before You next April starring Emilia (Game of thrones) Clarke as Lou and Sam (Hunger Games) Clafin as Will these excellent books are only going to become more popular, read them now and be down with the cool kids =)

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  6. I absolutely LOVE Jojo Moyes. But After You has been my least favorite of them all! I mean, don't get me wrong... I still think it was a GREAT book. I just liked the others better. I don't think Me Before You NEEDED a sequel. I feel like this would have been a good stand alone book - just have the main character suffering through some other form of grief. I just feel like some of the plot felt a little forced, but it was still written INCREDIBLY well. That Jojo Moyes knows what she's doing....

    Having said all of that, I couldn't stop laughing when Lou's mother discovered feminism. Omg. I can't get enough of Lou's family. They are hysterical.

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  7. Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing. I read quickly and am always looking for a good review.

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  8. It's definitely on my list. I can't know it's out there and not read it.

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  9. You have piqued my interest!

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