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Monday, 8 April 2019

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

What I Loved About After You by Jojo Moyes

You can see my review for Me Before You here.


Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
 

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.



Some of My Favourite Quotes:

“I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it.” 

“The only way to avoid being left behind was to start moving.” 


“You learn to live with it, with them. Because they do stay with you, even if they’re not living, breathing people any more.It’s not the same crushing grief you felt at first, the kind that swamps you, and makes you want to cry in the wrong places, and get irrationally angry with all the idiots who are still alive when the person you love is dead.It’s just something you learn to accommodate.
Like adapting around a hole. I don’t know. It’s like you become … a doughnut instead of a bun” 


“I think people get bored of grief,” said Natasha. “It’s like you’re allowed some unspoken allotted time—six months maybe—and then they get faintly irritated that you’re not ‘better,’ like you’re being self-indulgent hanging on to your unhappiness.” 

“I swallowed. “Mum, you’re not going to get divorced, are you?” Her eyes shot open. “Divorced? I’m a good Catholic girl, Louisa. We don’t divorce. We just make our men suffer for all eternity.” She waited just for a moment, and then she started to laugh.” 

“Our eyes locked. And in that moment everything shifted. I saw what I had really done. I saw that I could be somebody’s center, his reason for staying. I saw that I could be enough.” 



Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes


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  1. Great review. I will have to catch up with this series at some point as I've not read either of the books nor seen the full movie (I caught the ending).

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    1. It's such a great series. An emotional ride but oh so lovely at the same time. I just finished reading Still Me (the third book in the series) and will be reviewing it soon. I'll also be doing a separate post about book vs film for Me Before You. Now I want some stripy bee tights of my own!

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  2. Good review..and I like this quote .. “Our eyes locked. And in that moment everything shifted. I saw what I had really done. I saw that I could be somebody’s center, his reason for staying. I saw that I could be enough.”

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    1. Thanks. Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed with series and will now be on the look out for more Jojo Moyes books. Just not sure which of her books to read next.

      I love that quote. I used to struggle a lot with the concept of "being enough", which is probably one of the reasons I liked this series as much as I did.

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  3. Great review! I've only read the first novel in the series.

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    1. Me Before You was awesome. After You is different but you'll still need a box of tissues handy... maybe even more so than with the first book.

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  4. Great review, I haven't actually read the first book but I've heard so many people say they loved it.
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    1. I'm in love with this series, and highly recommend reading it.

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  5. I've not read any books by this author but it looks good! Great review :)

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    1. I'm dying to read some of her other books now.

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  6. I've heard about this one but haven't read her work yet. I'm so glad that this one was a hit with you! Great review :)

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    1. Thanks Megan. I love this series. I'll definitely be reading more books by Jojo Moyes in the future.

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