Wednesday, 23 September 2015

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You is the long awaited and eagerly anticipated sequel to the worldwide bestseller Me Before You. If you’ve not had the pleasure or need a refresher, Me Before You tells the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. 

After losing her job, Lou takes an unexpected position as carer/companion to Will. An unlikely relationship develops and with the help of friends and family, Lou aims to bring happiness into Will’s recently altered life.

After You reunites the reader with loveable Louisa, the Clarks and the Traynors, as well as a new cast of diverse and likeable characters. With the introduction of a pivotal stranger, Lou’s life is changed in completely new and unforeseen ways. 

I think one reason why these books are so popular is the credibility of the characters. Lou is so real and I for one really identified with her; experiencing her rollercoaster emotions as she faces a range of situations. I love her family too; The Clarks are funny, entertaining and many readers can probably find a shred of resemblance to their own family. 

As with Me Before You, After You tactfully deals with a lot of life issues. There are romantic issues, family dramas, relationship tests, career worries and plenty more besides. Life is by nature quite unpredictable but also full of possibilities, and Louisa is faced with a number of varying dilemmas, some good and some not so good, in her continuing journey following the previous book. It is via Lou’s personal journey that the novel skilfully imparts wisdom and perspective, cleverly wrapped up in an addictive emotive story. 

I definitely think that you need to read Me Before You to get the best from After You but it will be completely worth the time, whether for Jojo Moyes newbies or established Jojo fans. For a bit of extra motivation, then consider that an adaptation of Me Before You hits screens next year starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter). 

I raced through this book in a day as I just had to know how it all ended. I’ve really tried not to give too much away so as not to spoil it for new readers but I wholeheartedly cannot recommend this story enough. Romance and laughs, tears and drama aplenty, After You is a charming, convincing read with characters you won’t want to forget. 

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