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After You

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JoJo Moyes is a fantastic author, and I love this series of books. I appreciate how great she is at character development, ensuring that the reader best understands exactly why the main characters act in the way they do.
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JoJo melts my heart in a beautiful way.  Me Before You was outstanding and this is a worthy follow up.
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So let’s talk a second about my newfound dabbling in the world of audiobooks. I have long-since learned the words to every single song in the history of the world and wanted something different for my morning commute instead of me channeling my inner Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief.  Please note said commute is still not very long so, at best, I get through one “part” of an audiobook each weekday. Despite having both an e-version as well as a paper version of an advanced reader copy of After You for over two years (Dear Publishers, never give me anything because I truly am the worst), I couldn't bring myself to read it. I knew I had to be far enough removed from Will's death in order to give this a chance. When a combination of me finding out a third book in this series was soon to be released as well as the audio popping up as both available and recommended to me on the library website I figured what the hell - it was probably time to bite the bullet.

I had every intention of giving After You 2 Stars because Jo Jo Moyes obviously has a ginormo set of cajones to even attempt to follow up the perfection of Me Before You. But then ELEVEN FARKING DAYS of listening went by (I know my reading log doesn’t reflect that, but it’s because I’m stupid and forgot to add it) and everything that was magic about the first book was tainted and cheapened and Louisa wasn’t adorable and quirky, but instead insufferable and pretty much a failure at being a grown-up and then Lily (FUCKING LILY!) showed up and I have never wanted to smack the crap out of a child as much as I did her little entitled ass and all of the men were vile and WTF happened Jo Jo – your husband cheat on you or something?!?!?!?! Not all men are awful FFS! Anyway, this was just gross. I am crossing my fingers that this was the “filler” book (although 100,000,000% unnecessary) in Lou’s story so she can get here happily ever after in #3. This one, though????  It should die in a fire.

(On a positive note, the narrator (Anna Acton) had the most pleasant voice and I would love to listen to her read again. Just not a big stinking pile of turd like this one.)
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Louisa Clark is struggling to find meaning in Moyes's sequel to Me Before You. Drinking and working at a dead end job, Lou has still not managed to let go of her grief over Will. Moyes writes well, and her characters are fully developed, but I'm not sure the sequel was needed. The book felt rather flat and unsatisfactory. I'm guessing that there is yet another Louisa Clark story waiting in the wings somewhere. Recommended for Moyes fans.
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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.
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