After You

After You

by Jojo Moyes

Overview: 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.

Elaine Marlin (04/21/17): I do not ever (normally) read sequels, or watch sequel movies. However, as I was so enamored with Me Before You, I decided to check it out (a library book). I was not expecting to enjoy it, as it was a bit of a contrived plot. However, I did enjoy it, and it had many interesting plot lines!

Louisa Clark is still very much lost after her boyfriend Will died. After two years, she was just floating in the wind, with no ambitions and a nowhere job. Then, several events occurred which took on lives of their own. She is contacted by the unknown daughter of her deceased boyfriend. This sixteen year old is a live wire, and wild!

One part of the story that I loved is how Louisa accepted her for all of her faults. I learned from her! Another plot was her attending a grief support group (the characters are not memorable and I just waded through those sections to get to the other meat of the story). She meets a very wonderful man who truly is good to her and accepts her, flaws and all. The daughter, Lily, comes to live with Louisa, but after several run ins, is asked to leave! Lily meets her deceased father's family (who had no idea she existed).

What I loved about this book is that those people who are open to adding people to their lives, actually benefit! The book was easy to read. While I won't say it is a classic (like Me Before You), it kept my interest and attention.
Rating: ****

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