Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: quadriplegic, health issues, grief, assisted suicide, depression.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Series: The Me Before You Series
The sequel to Jojo Moyes’ bestseller! If you haven’t already read Me Before You, you know what to do…
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Louisa is having a hard time dealing with the grief accompanying the loss of Will. She’s tried to live the life he wanted her to have- traveling, experiencing new things, going outside her comfort zone… but none of it seems to satisfy the ache in her heart. She returns to her flat in London, depressed and unsure how to cope. Then, she accidentally falls off the roof of her five story apartment complex, and somehow survives. Forced to return home, which proves uncomfortable, Louisa works on physically healing while trying to suss out how she can mentally and emotionally heal. On return to London, she decides to start attending grief counseling, but then she is confronted by a teenager named Lily, who is desperate to learn about her biological father…. Will.
Louisa isn’t sure how to proceed with this news, but she tries her best to tell Lily about the Will she knew and loved, as well as introduces Lily to her biological grandparents. But, Lily is a wild child and quite the handful for Louisa, and things don’t go as smoothly as she planned. She consults her family and her grief counseling circle, but finds the best advice coming from Ambulance Sam. They informally met after Louisa’s near-death fall, and then again when Jake, a teen Louisa befriends from the counsel circle, introduced them. Louisa keeps Sam at a distance because of the stories that Jake confides in the circle, but she can’t help but appreciate his honesty and patience with her. Yet between Lily’s chaotic moods, her micromanaging boss/ terrible work attire, and her lack of life direction, Louisa is overwhelmed and afraid to add a relationship with Sam into the mix. So, she bumbles along, trying to figure out how to arrive at a state of equilibrium and happiness.
Moyes has created a sequel with Louisa in a way that seems completely fitting to where the story left off in Me Before You. I adore Louisa, being a perfectly flawed protagonist, and relate to her in many ways. The way she handles the loss of Will absolutely breaks my heart, but every time she picks up a broken piece of herself, the reader can’t help but cheer. Moyes writes so conversationally that sometimes I feel as if Louisa’s thoughts were my own, and yet she manages to provide plot twists so emotionally charged and unexpected that it leaves me agape. I loved where the book ending left off as well, and am eager to get started on Still Me. I don’t want to give away the ending here, so make sure you read this book before you check out my next review!
TL/DR: After You by Jojo Moyes is a novel about a young woman who is trying to find herself after the loss of her love.
Read it? Yes, absolutely!
Recommend it? Yes! You have to know what happens after you turn the last pages of Me Before You.
Buy it? YES!!!
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