Review of ‘After You’ by Jojo Moyes

I have been so desperate to read this book since it’s release back in September, after falling in love with Me Before You, and I was not disappointed! I loved bringing Lou back to life and exploring her life after Will, and how she is coping with everything.

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book

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‘After You’ by Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

My Review

After You is a contemporary novel, following the bestselling novel ‘Me Before You’. Set mainly in London, the novel follows Lou after the loss of Will at the end of the first book, and how she is coping, and how she has decided to use her ‘inheritance’ from him. She gets an unexpected visitor at her door who changes everything she ever knew about Will and his family, and also her present life and plans for the future. Everything that happens in the novel is shown to us from Lou’s perspective, which helps us further connect with her as a character. Due to the genre of the book, the ending was fairly predictable once all of the threads were added up, it was easy to guess what Lou would chose to do, but there were some parts that were unpredictable, which was a nice shock. In many ways, however, it was great to be able to read something contemporary and predictable because I have read a lot of thriller’s recently, so it was adequately light enough to break it up for me.

Of course Lou was a key character, and, having met her and become emotionally connected to her in the previous book, it was easy to fall back into loving her character. It was great to be able to reconnect with her, and see her personality further develop, especially how she has grown with the loss of Will. I did also like Lily, because I felt that her character also grew and developed a lot throughout the book, and her relationships with other people as well bloomed a lot as the novel went on. The story helps the characters feel more real, because, as well as being well written characters, the plot line was fairly realistic, which helps with their situational reactions especially.

My favourite part of the book was a few chapters from the end, when the Moving On Circle have their final meeting on Lou’s rooftop, and everyone speaks an ode to their lost loved ones. It was particularly moving and sensitively written (and I did shed a tear or two, but that was certainly expected!) The whole novel, in fact, was well written in keeping with the contemporary genre. The story was gripping, much like the first (although the first is undoubtedly the best!), even though the events were predictable, the characters just kept me entranced and connected to the book and I wanted to stay in their lives just a bit longer!

I would definitely recommend this book to any contemporary lover, especially if you’ve read the first book and enjoyed it so much you can’t resist but revisit the characters again!

My Rating: 5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):

Amazon

The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

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