After You

After You

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525426592
Branch Call Number: MOYES
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 24 cm

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Dream24
Aug 24, 2018

No no no!!!! This is an example of a sequel that should never have been written!!!

Me Before You was a good read BECAUSE of the interactions between Will and Lou. Will + Lou = entertaining read! Lou + her life after Will = boring and near pathetic read.

In this book, Lou is boring and not living up to her full potential! She is basically wasting the gifts that Will gave her. It starts off with Lou working at a pub in an airport after returning back from her travels in Europe. Yawn. One night while on the rooftop of her place, she fell off an severely injured herself because she thought she heard someone call her name. Fast forward some time, oh look someone from Will's past suddenly turns up. So what does Lou do? Well she drops everything to try and 'save/straighten' this person out. Guess Lou is trying to make up for what she couldn't do for Will.

Basically everyone associated with book 1 is a pale shadow of themselves here. Naturally the Taylors are divorced, Camilla is in hiding/retirement looking very sad, the father (forgot his name) is with one his former 'mistress' and are expecting a bundle of joy, Lou's mom has become a feminist after all these years, Lou's dad is being very unreasonable and Lou's sister can't stop the 'I told you so'.

Seriously, if you really enjoyed the first book, don't read this book! Lily is no Will. Lou is NOT the same Lou we knew from the previous book. You can't make the magic that book one had with alternate characters and different settings

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slh22
Aug 19, 2018

I did not like this book. Of the trilogy the first and the third are great, this one uggh. It introduced two important characters Lily and Sam but maybe author could have skipped this book and added these two characters in next book after first one and made the next book a bit longer

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mildduds
Mar 09, 2018

Enjoyed the first book. Can't believe this is the same author. Very disjointed and if you had't read the first book, this wouldn't make sense. Felt like the author just grabbed different story lines out of think air and included them in order to fill the pages.

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lpreston214
Mar 05, 2018

After the emotion of Me Before You, I avoided reading this sequel for about a year. I decided to listen and was pleasantly surprised. Louisa Clark is such a funny and endearing character that she basically carried the story on her own and did so admirably. At the beginning she is trying to climb out of her grief over Will's death and recover from an accident. In doing so she makes new friends, reconnects with family and finds a way forward to the next chapter of her life. I thought the reader of the audio book was fantastic--always a plus. Highly recommended for those who read Me Before You.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 27, 2018

After You was a nice, lovely read that had some great feelings and funny characters. I enjoyed this book because it had the same themes of finding yourself and following what’s right for you like Me Before You did but it’s also a lot more about healing and moving on. It also dealt with some heavy feelings and all together it’s some great fiction.

marycatlyons Dec 28, 2017

A lovely sequel that does justice to Louisa's character, even if her internal dialogue with Will begins to bore after some time. Highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed the first!

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singasong70
Apr 26, 2017

Romantic love saves the day - again!
Something I just don't see in life. Plus where is the spiritual element in all this. Do these people not have souls! P.S. Once you've had sex, do you not have a "relationship" as well?
Just asking

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brittbrew_
Jan 17, 2017

I didn't find the sequel as good as the first book, "Me Before You." It was good, but it lacked that something. I really liked Will in the first book, and I think he made Me Before You, what it was. After You just didn't have the same feel. Still good though.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

I liked this one much better than the first. Great characters, fast easy read, with quirky Englishness galore.

ArapahoeSarah Nov 15, 2016

A grand sequel with lots of plot twists.

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mstuart05
Jul 27, 2016

The follow-up to the hit. The story of what happened to Lou in the first couple years following Will's death.

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mardscott
Jul 08, 2016

Although not as good as Me Before You, Moyes' novel After You was very good. It continues the story of Louisa Clark two years after Will's death. She has a difficult time adjusting to her current life/world, but she realizes she has grown because of her life with Will and now she fears loving too much and losing that love. . . once again. But, by joining a recovery group, ironically, she discovers she is fine and loves again.

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M_ALCOTT Oct 16, 2015

[New love interest for Louisa, maybe?]

"Who is this?" I said, though I knew immediately who it was. "Sam. Ambulance Sam. I was just passing by on the way home from work, and I just... Well, you left in such a hurry the other night, I thought I'd make sure you were okay." "A fortnight later? I could have been eaten by cats by now." "I'm guessing you weren't." "I don't have a cat." A short silence. "But I'm fine, Ambulance Sam. Thanks." "Great...That's good to hear." I shifted, so I could see him through the grainy black and white of the little entry video screen. He was wearing a biker jacket instead of his paramedics uniform, and had one hand resting against the wall. He took his hand off the wall and turned to face the road. I saw him let out a breath, and that small motion prompted me to speak. "So...what are you up to?"-excerpt, After You

M_ALCOTT Oct 16, 2015

Lily Houghton-Miller: "My dad had the hots for you. How mad is that? Oh, my God! In a different universe, you could have been MY STEPMUM."

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