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After You: A Novel Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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"Jojo Moyes has a hit with AFTER YOU.”—USA Today
“The genius of Moyes…[is that she] peers deftly into class issues, social mores and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet, there is always resolution. It's not always easy, it's not always perfect, it's sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is.”—Bobbi Dumas, NPR
“Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy's eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The 'aftermath' is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.”–Maureen Corrigan, NPR
"Charming." —People Magazine
“Like its predecessor [Me Before You], After You is a comic and breezy novel that also tackles bigger, more difficult subjects, in this case grief and moving on… We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” –Miami Herald
Praise for ME BEFORE YOU:
"A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book."—Anne Lamott, People
“When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . an affair to remember.”—New York Times Book Review
“An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Funny and moving but never predictable.”—USA Today (4 stars)
“Masterful . . . a heartbreaker in the best sense . . . Me Before You is achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy.”—New York Daily News
“Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love.”—People Magazine
Praise for ONE PLUS ONE:
“Safety advisory: If you’re planning to read Jojo Moyes’s One Plus One on your summer vacation, slather on plenty of SPF 50. Once you start the book, you probably won’t look up again until you’re the last one left on the beach…[a] wonderful new novel.”
—The Washington Post
“Jojo Moyes’ new novel One Plus One adds up to a delightful summer read, where the whole is greater than the sum of its charming parts…Moyes’ observations on modern life are dryly hilarious…You don’t need to be a math whiz to figure out this book is one worth adding to your summer reading list.”
—USA Today (4 stars)
“Bridget Jones meets Little Miss Sunshine in this witty British romp from bestseller Moyes…Wryly romantic and surprisingly suspenseful.”
“Fans of the 2006 summer sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine will find a lot to love in British author Jojo Moyes’ latest, about a madcap road trip that’s packed to the boot with familial drama, class clashes, and romance.”
—Entertainment Weekly (A-)
“No need to worry where this road trip is headed. Just sit back, roll down your window and enjoy being a passenger.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.
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I'm not ashamed to say that Me Before You had me up reading until very late at night and then crying my eyes out until very early the next morning. It was the kind of book that sticks with you, the kind of book that is extremely hard to follow up. It ended on a very powerful note, so any book that calls itself a "sequel" has to match that kind of power. This didn't, not even close.
We follow Lou's life a year and a half after the death of Will, and we see what her life has become. Honestly, I didn't enjoy this Lou very much. Gone is any spark, any vitality, any humor, and without those aspects of her personality I had trouble staying engaged with her. I didn't like this pushover Lou, and I barely recognized her from the previous book.
Her life is wholly depressing. Lou is stuck completely in this sort of limbo, and reading about her mostly boring day to day things felt one note and tedious. Lou's family details, like her mother's newfound feminism and her sister's meddling, seemed contrived and almost silly. I didn't get what those side plots added to the story, and I didn't find them compelling.
Lou's love interest was just... there. He was sexy in a classic romance way- the patient, motorcycle-riding savior- but I simply didn't feel the chemistry between him and Lou. It felt like a relationship without weight, certainly without the intensity of Lou's relationship with Will. If you are going to present a love interest to follow the one from Me Before You, it would have to be absolutely epic... this wasn't.
And don't get me started on Lily. No spoilers from me, but Lily just irritated me to no end. She was SO selfish, and I struggled to feel much sympathy for her rich girl plight. I know the author tried to give us reasons to empathize with Lily, especially near the end with her convoluted backstory, but I was rooting for Lou to branch out and have more of the story-line to herself.
However, this book's greatest crime, IMO, was that it was boring. I kept putting this book down and starting other stories, only to force myself back to this one after a few hours. And though this book has brief moments of greatness, and it wasn't bad or offensive in any way, it also failed to grab me the way I was expecting it to. After the way Me Before You gripped me, I think this was the biggest let down of all.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Louisa Clark returns, still so likable but struggling through the stages of grief since the passing of Will Traynor. With the help of quirky friends from her group therapy session, called The Moving on Circle, a teenage girl, named Lily, a new love interest, Sam, and her comical but loving family, Louisa begins to recover and starts experiencing life again.
JoJo Moyes is an exceptional writer. Her books tackle substantial subjects in the best of ways. Reading one of her books is an emotional catharsis. You'll laugh out loud one minute and sob the next. They are equally as successful for a book discussion as they are to read at the beach. But, when an author decides to write a sequel to a book like Me Before You, expectations are incredibly high, and the follow up story needs to pack the punch of the first. This one unfortunately did not. Most sequels don't live up to the original, and though I don't object to this one, it did not need to be written. Some stories are so special that it is best to leave them alone. They are perfect as told and satisfyingly complete. Me Before You was one of those novels. 3 1/2 stars.
I absolutely ADORE Me Before You, it is one of my favorite books of all time. I pre-ordered this book months ago, and I ended up staying up until 3 am reading it. I don't know exactly how to express my feelings about this book. For starters, I didn't care for the character of Lily. I think understand what the author was doing, by making Lily Will's long, lost daughter; it allowed Lou to have interaction with Will's family, and allowed Moyes a follow up with them that would have otherwise been unlikely to happen in Lou's new life. I really think the book would have been better by leaving that character out completely. I wanted this to be Lou's story of how she moved on and found her "happily ever after," and this just didn't feel that way for me. I also thought the bits about Lou's mom turning into a raging feminist, while amusing, was a little off course. I wanted Lou and Sam to have the happy ending that she and Will didn't get to, and instead it ends with her leaving him behind to fly away (to NYC) to be yet another caretaker for someone. I hardly think being the nanny/companion/personal assistant to a depressed person is hardly the life Will wanted for her, even if it is in New York. I wanted more for Lou than what I felt like she (and I) got. I wanted her to have her "happily ever after."
For what it's worth, I'd really like to see a book exploring what life would have been like for Will and Lou if he had decided NOT to end his life.....but that may be too time travel/sci-fi/time lord for most of Moyes readers.
These two books are not romance, they are women's fiction.
What can I say about this series that can do it justice and convey the effect it had on me. I have not cried, nay sobbed uncontrollably from a book ever. Until this series. This is a story that will stay with you for a long time after reading the last sentence. After 2 weeks I am still reflecting on the message and meaning behind the lives of these two people, their families and their story.
This book deals with the aftermath of Will's death. Louisa's anguish and pain, her inability to deal with her loss. this is a look into her psyche, her way of healing and the journey she is forced to embark on.
Louisa isn't even very likable in this book. How can that be?
Read it if you must, but don't expect anything Earth shattering.