I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about this book. After You is the sequel to the award winning book Me Before You, that tells the tear jerking story of a quadriplegic man and his unexpected companionship with a girl who had never ventured further than her nearest bus stop. As a fan of the first book I was unsure what more of the story could be told in a second book but I am more than glad that I gave it a try.
Jojo Moyes has a great way of telling a story whilst constantly keeping the reader surprised. Throughout the book you can’t help but fall in love with the characters, some who already feel like familiar friends from the first book and some completely new ones. Like the first book, After You is written from the perspective of Lou Clark, a girl who seems to have gotten a little lost. Despite her flaws you can’t help but root for her as she explores a great insight into normal life and dealing with grief.
For me the story was uplifting, after sending you on a rollercoaster of emotions, your faith is restored in love and in life. Moyes reminds you that life is for living as you follow the journey of a girl who realises she can’t hold on to grief forever.
“You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”
This wasn’t just another love story. Instead it explores the power of friendships (even the unexpected ones), family and yourself. Lou is stuck in a job she hates, in a flat that doesn’t feel like hers, dealing with grief in a bad way and she can’t see any way out. The book follows her journey and gives you a true insight into the ups, downs and unexpected surprises of life. Definitely a must read!
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