Genre: General Fiction
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.
This is the sequel to Me Before You and I must say if it was a standalone this book would have gotten more attention. But in comparison to Me Before You, it’s like the less accomplished sibling.
That said, I think this book does have its own merits. It brilliantly touches on the struggles of grieving and moving on after losing someone you loved. The books starts by showing us how Lou is doing and it isn’t going very well for her. The rest of her journey portrays how difficult sometimes forgiving yourself is.
My only problem with the book was the character Lilly and how annoying she was! That and sometimes I felt like giving Lou a piece of my mind so she can move on herself. Anyway, I’d advice you to read this with no expectations that it’ll be as amazing as Me Before You. Like the shadowed sibling, After You has its own strengths and wonderful messages for you to take home.