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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**
First off, I'm SHOCKED that so many people seemed to dislike this sequel! I think with the way that Ms. Moyes ended Me Before You, many people were hoping for this fairytale of Louisa traveling the world and being happy despite the love of her life choosing to leave her. This is not reality. Louisa lived a sheltered life, it really wouldn't make sense for her to be able to go out and do a bunch of travelling on her own right after Will died. Given, I was a bit taken aback by the way it started, I didn't know Louisa anymore because of her state of grief, and I found the long lost daughter a bit of a cliché, but the way the story progressed completely worked for me.
I didn't like the character of Lily, as some others have said as well, but I don't think you are supposed to like her. She supposed to be an annoying, selfish teenager with mommy issues. When the reasons for her behavior were brought to light, I was shocked once more and rather ashamed of myself for being glad when Louisa had kicked her out. I loved the way Ms. Moyes had all of the main characters so willing to help her and that they were able to conclude it without anything left hanging. Lily grew on me after all her drama was wrapped up.
Ms. Moyes also created every straight woman's fantasy in a love interest. I couldn't help but fall in love with Sam any more than Louisa could. Though this story was nicely concluded with a happy and hopeful ending, I almost hope she writes a third novel with Louisa's escapades in NY and hopefully Sam joining her.
Honestly, I can't see why so many found this sequel disappointing. It was wonderful and it was great to see Louisa have a happy ending after everything she went through in the first novel (and second for that matter!).
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.