Title: After You (Me Before You #2)
Author: Jojo Moyes
352 pages, published September 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
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. . . .
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 loved Me Before You, so I was super excited to read this sequel! I did end up really liking this book! It didn't get to me in the way Me Before You did--in that I wasn't sobbing into the book at the end as I was with the first one. What I loved about After You was that it was real. The author realistically portrayed Lou's grief over losing Will, and all the complicated feelings that go along with that. Grief is hard. You're not "over" someone's death in just a few months, even if you only knew them a few months. I appreciated this realistic portrayal more than anything else in the book.
The story was engaging too--Lou is such a fun character. I love her quirky sense of humor. I genuinely cared about what happened to her in this book because I liked her so much. There are new characters to love in this book too--I loved Sam the Ambulance Man!
If you're skeptical about sequels (I know I am!) you don't need to be skeptical about this one. I definitely recommend reading Me Before You first though. Both great reads!
Overall rating for "After You": 4 stars