Friday, October 16, 2015

After You by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is back with her new book, After You, the sequel to her New York Times bestselling Me Before You. After You follows Louisa Clark after Will Traynor's assisted suicide. Louisa finds herself in the throws of grief, unable to move on. Much to her dismay, she's joined the Moving on Circle for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. She's working at a job she hates, with a horrible boss that makes her wear the outfit of an Irish dancer, right down to the curly haired wig. Though her luck can't get much worse, Louisa winds up taking a tumble off of her balcony, severely injuring her hip. Her life is a mess.

As if Louisa's life needs any more chaos, a teenager named Lily shows up to Louisa's flat with some shocking news--that she's Will's daughter. Wanting to know what her father and his family was like, Lilly befriends Louisa. For Louisa, already struggling with the loss of Will, the constant memories and once again dealing with the Traynors is often a bit much. Even though Lilly creates some chaos while she's staying with Louisa, she's the catalyst for Louisa's ability to begin to let go of her grief. Louisa finally feels complete enough to begin dating someone and do things she never thought she'd be able to do, including contemplating taking a caregiver-type job in the New York City.

With many of the same characters from Me Before You, Moyes' new book will make you laugh while also pulling on your heartstrings. From the sad ending of Me Before You, it's nice to see where Louisa's life ends up.