Tuesday, September 29, 2015

After You - Book Review & Give-away


I wasn't sure I wanted to read After You, the follow-up novel to Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  As you know, I loved Me Before You, but it also ripped out my heart and stomped on it and made me feel all kinds of powerful and sometimes uncomfortable emotions. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about poor, sweet Louise going through any more trauma. However, I wasn't about to pass up an opportunity to read a novel by one of my favorite authors. Please excuse my review, it will definitely be more emotionally fueled since I seem to be so much more emotionally invested in this fictional character's life.

After You picks up on Louise's life eighteen months after the death of Will. She's living in an apartment in London and working in a bar. She's estranged from her family, lonely and unhappy. It was the exact situation I was worried she'd be in. Because how does one recover from the turmoil and pain and loss of Will's death? A series of events will force Louise to reconcile with her family, introduce her to a handsome paramedic and brings someone from Will's life back into hers.

Moyes tells Louise's process of mourning and grief in her typical and wonderful style that explores these painful emotions in her characters. She takes them to the very brink of destruction before allowing them to crawl out of the despair. The reader aches for Louise and feels her pain. It's completely believable. Fortunately human nature is generally pretty resilient and so is Louise. Almost simultaneously, Moyes can make her reader laugh at the hilarity of life--the misunderstandings and the ridiculous and the good. It's one thing for an author to be able to make her readers cry and it's another thing altogether to be able to make them laugh. This is where Moyes continues to excel as she delivers beloved novels to her readers.

In After You, Louise learns to love again. More importantly, she gains the strength to trust herself and be brave. It's all the things Will wanted for her but she couldn't attain until she was ready to let go and be herself.

In the end, it was nice to check up on Louise. Perhaps it was even cathartic and healthy for the readers who fell in love with her in Me Before You, to have a chance to meet her again and see that she can be strong and live her life with flair and passion and her own quirky, fun personality.

After You by Jojo Moyes is published by Pamela Dorman Books and released on September 29, 2015.

I received a complimentary copy of After You and the publishers are offering a second copy as a give-away. 

To enter, please leave a comment on this post. The contest will be open to entries until Friday, October 2, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST.  The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Open to US residents only.

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Check out Jojo Moyes's Facebook page to see Sophie Kinsella interview Jojo about After You.

And once you've read After You, you will want to discuss the book with your friends.  You'll love this After You Online Book Club Kit filled with recipes and fun ways to enhance your book club experience.



21 comments:

Megan said...

I really enjoyed Me Before You, so I'd love to read After You!

Suzy said...

We've all been waiting to find out what happened to Lou. Fab giveaway!
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Jessica Tyler said...

I'm reading Me Before You right now! Good to know it will rip my heart out and stomp on it... :/

Debbie Cranberryfries said...

I'm hosting bookclub on Me Before You in a few months. It's a bookclub made up of retired school teachers and young mom's. I'm so curious to see how they handled the book. And I'm introducing them to the a new to them author.

Booklogged said...

I have Me Before You but haven't read it yet. Sounds like I better get with it.

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness, I simultaneously LOVED and HATED Me Before You because it was sooo good, but totally broke my heart and I have enough heart break in my life!! Does this one end okay? I know you probably don't want to give a spoiler but I really need to know!! Thanks for your reviews. :)

Kelli Taylor said...

JoJo Moyes is on of my favorite authors. I've read several of her books including Me Before You, and I love her storytelling and wry humor. I would love to win this book. Kellijtaylor@charter.net

Tara said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!! Would love to win!!

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Maria Malaveci said...

Oh my gosh!!!! Thank you so much for the chance!!! I would LOVE THIS SO MUCH ♥

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Kimberly V said...

Wonderful commentary. This sounds like a very nice sequel. Would love to read it.
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Tammy Woodall said...

I really enjoyed "Me Before You" - it was a very emotional roller-coaster - but definitely enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to reading "After You."

Miranda said...

I love Jojo!

Allison Bahr said...

I would love something new to read! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

wen budro said...

I have not read the first book but your description makes me want to read this one. I love books that have great characters that I end up caring about.

Sherri said...

I would love to read this. I know exactly what you mean about the way you felt at the end of Me Before You.... I felt the same way.

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The Wheeler's said...

After reading this review i would love to win this book. I would also have to buy the first one as well

phxbne said...

I enjoyed Me Before You, and can't wait to read After You!

mandy said...

I need to read this and then we can chat!

mandy said...

I need to read this and then we can chat!

Jackie said...

I loved Me Before You, and can't wait to read After You.
Thank you!

Emi Pearce said...

Now I am going to have to read Me Before You. Thanks for introducing this book