After You by Jojo Moyes; Published September 29, 2015; Published by Penguin Group Viking (Pamela Dorman Books); ISBN 9780525426592
When I was handed Me Before You at a book club meeting a few years back and urged to read it, I never expected a book to affect me so deeply as this book did. Since then I have read the majority of Jojo Moyes’ novels, and while I enjoyed them all, Me Before You has stayed with me as one of my absolute favourite books. So when After You was published I was a little reluctant to read it. Not that I thought it wouldn’t be good because Jojo Moyes is a wonderfully talented author; but I was a little afraid to be disappointed. That without the Lou/Will dynamic, After You just wouldn’t be good enough.
In After You, we catch up with Louisa Clark eighteen months later, who is struggling with the emotional void left by Will’s death and not realize her promise to Will to live a more fulfilling life. When a devastating accident forces Lou to return home to her family and she makes a shocking discovery from Will’s past, Louisa must finally come to terms with the void in her life and find a way to move on.
After You is a wonderfully entertaining and engrossing read. Jojo Moyes has written a tender and emotional story of what it really is like to deal with grief and the loss of a loved one. Louisa is quirky, funny and utterly lovable and as she struggles to find her way, you can’t help but root for her.
Is it as good as Me Before You? No, but then it doesn’t have to be. After You stands firmly on its own as a poignant, touching and endearing story of grief, love lost and found, family, friendship and the strength of an individual’s perseverence.
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Group Viking (Pamela Dorman Books) for providing digital a copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.