Thursday, July 27, 2017

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes is the second book of the Me Before You duo. This story picks up over a year after Me Before You ends. Lou is still struggling to carry on after Will's death. She has traveled some and has purchased a flat, but she is in a dead end job and is not really living.

One night, Lou is startled by a girl (Lilly) from Will's past, and Louisa suffers a terrible accident. As she begins to heal emotionally, the paramedic and the girl from Will's past play a big role in helping Louisa's heart heal.

I don't want to give anything away, but his novel once again contains Moyes wit and her ability to weave comedy and tragedy together to highlight the human condition and the roles we play in helping one another. Louisa's family is back in this novel, and I love their interactions and the family dynamic.

Lilly is a frustrating character and at times I want to shake Louisa for allowing Lilly to walk all over her, but Lilly's character arc is good. There are many things brought up in this story that would be interesting discussion topics in a book club. This book contains adult language and situations, so younger readers may need to wait to read this one.

I enjoyed this book, but found I wasn't ready to for it to end. I listened to the audio version and it was expertly narrated by Anna Acton

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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