Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Me After You by Jojo Moyes | Book Review

Me After You by Jojo Moyes 

Reading Group: 17+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
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.

Cover: The cover of this novel follows the theme of its prequel in the way that it is simple, but still very pretty.  Because this is the paperback there is a little picture in the corner reminding you that Me Before You is "now a major motion picture" as a way of promotion.

My Review: I really really liked this novel.  I liked it because at the end of Me Before You Lou is in Paris doing what Will wanted her to do and you think she's fine and has this great life ahead of her, but in reality she's not.  She's still suffering with the loss of Will and finding the Lou she used to be.  Gone is her crazy fashion sense.  Louisa Clark is wearing simple jeans and t-shirts.  That is until Will's daughter, Lily, makes herself known.  Now, I can see how the 'long lost daughter' aspect of this story may seem a bit cliche, but I liked it.  When Lou was up on her roof she was yelling at Will for ruining her life and leaving her when Lily startles her and she falls.  That fall restarted her life in some ways.  It was because of that incident that Lou's father makes her goes to the support group for people who have recently had a loved one die.  (Granted a lot of people think Lou jumped off of the building, but still.)  That fall is the first place she meets Ambulance Sam and the group is where she learns that he is related to Jake.  I absolutely loved that she thought Sam was Jake's father who had been having sex and then crying as a way to grieve for his dead wife instead of Jake's uncle.  That was funny.  Lily was also the reason Lou reconnected with Mr. and Mrs. Traynor, which I think she needed.  Lou is good at taking care of people.  That was evident in Me Before You when she was the only one able to get Will to leave the house, and it continued when she took in Lily.  Lily turned Lou's world upside down, but it was exactly what she needed.  Lily gave Lou the ability to move forward and love again.  When someone you love dies, your life goes on, but not in the same way.  It takes a long time to feel 'normal' again and it's hard to get there alone.  That's what this book reminds us and I definitely recommend it to anyone really, but obviously you have to read Me Before You first.        

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