09 May, 2016

#BookReview :: After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

“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. 

I was quite apprehensive about picking this book up. How can one move on from Me Before You?

Louisa Clark stole my heart in Me Before you and she is back with a reminder of it. Life after Will wasn’t easy but Lou has always been special. So when an accident brings her back home and to a support group, it almost feels like she is back to square one – only this time around, she has already had Will in her life. She is once again surrounded by the same friends and family and while much has changed, things feel the same. But this time around, we have Sam Fielding – a paramedic whose job it is to deal with both life and death every day. Can he bring a change?

I have always been torn about the ending of Me Before you. On one hand, I felt that the ending was perfect and both Will and Lou needed to go through things that they did. On the other hand, I can’t help but wish that Will would have chosen differently. So, in a way this book was the closure that I needed in the world without Will. Jojo Moyes has written another emotional rollercoaster of a book that in its heights will have you laughing out loud. And then there are moments that give you the feels. The book will once again make you question the things that you thought you knew well. This time around the ending did not leave me feeling torn. I just do not agree with the ending that the book gives. Without giving out any spoilers, I just do not think that big events change a person completely overnight. The process is slow and a person needs time to process everything. 

Though it is not as good as Me Before you, After You is still a good read.

Review Copy received from Random House India

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