After You – Jojo Moyes


4/5 Stars

Summary: “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…”

After finishing Me Before You, I was excited to find out there was also a sequel.  This book is not what I expected.  At all.  But that’s what made it a good story.

If you go into this book, thinking it is going to be just like the original, you’ll probably feel a little disappointed.  It’s about learning to move on after everything that happened in the last book.  Louisa is a different person and gets herself in very different situations—she’s not taking care of someone who is ready to die.  But did you want to read the same book again anyway?  No.

I liked the direction After You went in and was eager to keep reading and find out what happened next.  From someone who, thankfully, hasn’t had to deal with the kind of grief Louisa has, I thought it was depicted believably without being overly tedious, considering you’re reading a book.

I would love to see this book turned into a movie as well, and am trying to figure out if there is going to be a third book, but haven’t figured it out yet.  Let me know if you’ve seen anything!