Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Work wasn’t that crazy this week so I was able to do a reading marathon of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You and After You. I seldom do marathon reads lately but there’s just something about sob stories like this that makes me want to finish quickly (because I don’t want to wallow in despair for long, haha).
It’s difficult for me to write about this book without spoiling the prequel but I will try my best. If I cried hard at Me Before You, After You was even more emotionally draining for me. The grief is clearly evident as soon as I started the first page. And this feeling continues to build up as the story progresses, save for occasional funny moments particularly about the Clarke family. Still, I felt the undercurrent of tension as Lou struggles to keep her feet up on the ground, literally and figuratively.
If there is one best thing that I loved in this book, it would be (Ambulance) Sam. I really didn’t care that much about Will but with Sam, I got all sorts of feelings. Lou was her usual chatty self but I saw her growth and maturity. Me Before You was more about Will’s story but I think Lou owned After You. In this book, I followed Lou in her journey to self-discovery, moving on, and acceptance. This is Lou’s story of living and loving.
I loved how everything wrapped up for everybody in the end. It wasn’t a fairy tale ending but it was real. Truly, it is way better to live and to live life well — including taking risks and being bold — is always the best choice to make.
“There’s only one response, and I can tell you this because I see it every day. You live. And you throw yourself into everything and try not to think about the bruises.”
P.S. And with this post, I think I can now properly move along. My chest’s been heavy with emotions since I started reading the first book and this is the closure that I needed. Hahaha, I laugh at my crazy, emotional self. 😛
My Rating: 4/5 stars.