Thursday, 4 February 2016

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes, 384 pages. Published September 29th by Pamela Dorman Books. Rating ****

After You by Jojo Moyes is the brilliant follow up to Louisa and Will's journey and even though it didn't make me want to bawl my eyes out like its predecessor this book was still a rollercoaster of emotions.

After You picks up eighteen months after Me Before You and Louisa is struggling to deal with how to cope after caring for Will. Seemingly she has the world at her feet, at 27 living in London and having travelled parts of the world she's made progress on her tiny village life but in reality Louisa is miserable and is shutting herself off from moving on from the man she cared for.

One night after returning from her shitty job at an airport bar, Lousia falls drunkenly off her rooftop garden, an accident that make two strangers enter Louisa's life that will force her to make a choice - move on with her life or continue to wallow. But will another chance at love be thwarted by Will's past?

One of the things I loved about this novel was how much I felt Jojo Moyes has stayed true to her characters. Although Louisa has grown since being with Will she's still in a lot of ways the same person and in After You we see her struggling to be the person she promised Will she would be. There were also times in the novel when I was wishing Louisa wouldn't be so ready to put other people's happiness ahead of her own but this only shows us how much growing Louisa still had to do.

As usual the supporting characters in this novel are just as vivid and I loved Sam, the paramedic who stitches up Louisa after her fall from the rooftop and Lily, the mysterious girl from Will's past. In true Jojo Moyes style there isn't a cliched happy ending for everybody but I did think that there was no better way to finish this story. Plus, even though I'm not sure there is a third book planned in this series I would be happy to pick up again where After You leaves off and see Louisa get all the happiness she deserves.

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