Review: After You by JoJo Moyes

Review: After You by JoJo Moyes

After You
by JoJo Moyes

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. .

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Travel Heals Nothing.

We all know that Me Before You is among my favorite books ever written.  JoJo Moyes is a goddess, and I love Lou and Will beyond words.  I was petrified to see where the tragedy had left Louisa.  And it turns out, she was in a bit of a slump.  A life slump.  From meaningless travel to worthless jobs, Louisa has had a lot fall apart in the past two years.  What would it take to bring her back to the land of the living?  Will is gone, and Louisa needs SOMETHING to bring her back.  But what can be the magic answer?

Send Me Back.

I have to say, right off, I was disappointed in a few plot points that this novel offered.  Too many things felt convenient, and that is one thing that I HATE.  If there is a story to tell, I’m all for telling it.  But creating a plot line out of convenience is where I get endlessly frustrated.  That being said, the other plot line in this novel I did enjoy.  I enjoyed the support group that Lou belonged to, and I loved some of the people that she met there.  And lastly, I loved to hear about Nathan! I LOVED Nathan SO much in Me Before You and was glad to see him make a cameo here!  Visiting with both Will and Lou’s family members gave me a small sense of dejavu that I did enjoy at times.  However, in the end, I was sad to see the state of some of these people who we got to know so well the first time around.

And sadly, and probably most importantly, this story did not feel genuine to me.  It felt forced, and that is something I will hold against it.  It will not be something I choose to reread as  I will with Me Before You.  It is something I will be glad that I experienced, because otherwise I would have just kept wondering, but that I don’t pick up again.  When I want a good story, I will go to other JoJo books.  The direction this story took simply did not work for me, and I have to say, I’m sad I couldn’t love it more.  

3 comments

  1. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads

    I think I’ve decided to skip reading this one. As you know, Me Before You is one of my favouritest books of all time, and I think it ended so perfectly that I just can’t imagine adding another ending onto that story! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it, but I think that your review reinforced my decision to give this one a pass.
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  2. Alexa S.

    I’m still holding off on reading this one, because I’m a little nervous! I thought Me Before You ended on such a perfect, poignant, tragic note, and I’m not sure how I’ll feel about seeing Lou’s story continue on… I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
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