After You – Jojo Moyes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months or unlike me you don’t work in advertising you’ve not heard of Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You (read my review here). If you are yet to read it and don’t want to know what happens in the books sequel then I suggest you look away now.

After You is set two years after the prequel ends and shows us what happens to Lou since Will’s death and how she’s coped – or not so much coped in her case. I feel as though the events that happen in this novel are something that a reader would never guess would’ve happened after reading the first book which is what makes it all the more charming and appealing. I found myself enjoying this novel more than Me Before You but wonder if that’s because I already have a background of the characters in this before reading it.

Don’t get me wrong this novel has Lou and her hilarious family but also introduces an array of new characters all that I find myself drawn to in their own ways from Sam the paramedic to Mr Percival Lou’s new and not so nice boss. I think the book plays on many different emotions; there were moments I was frustrated with the characters, empathetic for whatever they’d been through in the past and happy for the smallest of triumphs.

In my opinion this book is definitely a must read but keep a tissue box handy because I had a huge lump in my throat when reading the last few pages because it felt like the perfect ending the first novel didn’t have but the characters deserved.

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