After You

After You

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780698152045
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 06, 2019

Awesome read if you love the character - you will see them improve through out and just how brave clark needs to be and understand she needs selfcare too.

Jun 23, 2019

** spoiler alert ** **Spoilers ahead***
Probably 99% of the reviews I have read about this book are negative and a lot of them say that the book wasn't necessary at all. I beg to differ. I won't say that I hated "Me Before You", but it left me with a very bad feeling. I hated the way that Will chose to end his life with little regard for Louisa's feelings for him. I haven't read the book in some time and I may read it again,but Will just seemed really selfish. Yes, he had a tragic accident that changed his whole life, but he had a life. That being said, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at all but WOW, was I blindsided by how amazing it was.
It begins with Louisa involved in a very bad accident and although I had read the first chapter before, I felt that it was confusing and took a while to straighten itself out. Given the extent of Louisa's injuries from this accident, it seemed far fetched that she recovered so quickly but other than that I loved the storyline.
Louisa seemed less "annoying" here than in the previous book and I found that I really liked her. I have to say (and this will be an unpopular opinion) that I LOVED her relationship with "Ambulance Sam" and I found that I liked him better than Will because he seemed more down to earth.
It was nice to see familiar characters included, like Nathan and Louisa's family. Her sister was a mystery to me in the first book so I'm glad that they gave a little more information about her background.
Louisa's moving on from Will seemed on point and I really liked that she was going to a grief therapy session. I really loved all of the characters from the sessions and all of their unique personalities.
More than the first book, this book has some surprisingly emotional moments and it takes a lot to make me cry from reading a book.
Although I didn't love the character at first, Lily quickly grew on me and I really liked the relationship she had with Louisa. They were more like sisters and friends than anything else and Liliy's meeting with Will's dad was the most emotional moment in the book for me. I didn't expect to be so moved by his reaction.
Everything was wrapped up nicely in this book and once I really got into it, I seriously could not stop reading it. Never in my life did I imagine reading a 300+ page book in three days, but I did it. Yes, it's that good (to me, anyway).
Loved the ending although it's kind of sad that the story (according to the synopsis for the next book) is going to take a different direction. I really loved her with Ambulance Sam, but since I haven't read the third book, I'm kind of anxious to see what happens. (less)

Most of the opinions seem to fall into one of two camps. Me personally, I liked it. Overall, it is rather depressing and not as good as the first book, but there are a few parts that shine through. I would not necessarily recommend the book, however if you have the time, there is something to be gained from reading After You.

Feb 05, 2019

Couldn't wait to get my hands on this even though I knew it couldn't be as good as the first in the trilogy, Me Before You. So, I thought it was good, not great; however, I think everyone who loved Me Before You will like this book… I did want to know how Lou managed after Will died and I had loved the writing style and characters in the original. I found parts of the story annoying and maybe Moyes could have combined this and the next one (Still Me) into one book as a follow up. But, overall, an enjoyable read.

Jan 02, 2019

I'm not too sure why others didn't like this, maybe they just wanted Will, maybe they've never experienced grief or maybe they just didn't read past chapter 3. I felt it perfectly captured and reflected Lou going through grief and trying to land back on her feet again after Will and what it takes to get there. It was a delightful read with so many twists and turns, I really didn't want to stop reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't wait until I had moments free just to read a page or two here and there. Excited to read the third one!!!

Dec 19, 2018

This wasn't the best book in the trilogy starring Louisa Clark, but it is a story that needed to be told. It's sad and the ending is conflicting, but don't worry: the third book turns everything around! This book starts out with a bang and has a bunch of twists and turns that kept me in emotional turmoil. I enjoyed it, but you definitely need to follow it up by reading the final book, Still Me.

Aug 24, 2018

No no no!!!! This is an example of a sequel that should never have been written!!!

Me Before You was a good read BECAUSE of the interactions between Will and Lou. Will + Lou = entertaining read! Lou + her life after Will = boring and near pathetic read.

In this book, Lou is boring and not living up to her full potential! She is basically wasting the gifts that Will gave her. It starts off with Lou working at a pub in an airport after returning back from her travels in Europe. Yawn. One night while on the rooftop of her place, she fell off an severely injured herself because she thought she heard someone call her name. Fast forward some time, oh look someone from Will's past suddenly turns up. So what does Lou do? Well she drops everything to try and 'save/straighten' this person out. Guess Lou is trying to make up for what she couldn't do for Will.

Basically everyone associated with book 1 is a pale shadow of themselves here. Naturally the Taylors are divorced, Camilla is in hiding/retirement looking very sad, the father (forgot his name) is with one his former 'mistress' and are expecting a bundle of joy, Lou's mom has become a feminist after all these years, Lou's dad is being very unreasonable and Lou's sister can't stop the 'I told you so'.

Seriously, if you really enjoyed the first book, don't read this book! Lily is no Will. Lou is NOT the same Lou we knew from the previous book. You can't make the magic that book one had with alternate characters and different settings

Aug 19, 2018

I did not like this book. Of the trilogy the first and the third are great, this one uggh. It introduced two important characters Lily and Sam but maybe author could have skipped this book and added these two characters in next book after first one and made the next book a bit longer

Mar 09, 2018

Enjoyed the first book. Can't believe this is the same author. Very disjointed and if you had't read the first book, this wouldn't make sense. Felt like the author just grabbed different story lines out of think air and included them in order to fill the pages.

Mar 05, 2018

After the emotion of Me Before You, I avoided reading this sequel for about a year. I decided to listen and was pleasantly surprised. Louisa Clark is such a funny and endearing character that she basically carried the story on her own and did so admirably. At the beginning she is trying to climb out of her grief over Will's death and recover from an accident. In doing so she makes new friends, reconnects with family and finds a way forward to the next chapter of her life. I thought the reader of the audio book was fantastic--always a plus. Highly recommended for those who read Me Before You.

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Jul 27, 2016

The follow-up to the hit. The story of what happened to Lou in the first couple years following Will's death.

Jul 08, 2016

Although not as good as Me Before You, Moyes' novel After You was very good. It continues the story of Louisa Clark two years after Will's death. She has a difficult time adjusting to her current life/world, but she realizes she has grown because of her life with Will and now she fears loving too much and losing that love. . . once again. But, by joining a recovery group, ironically, she discovers she is fine and loves again.


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M_ALCOTT Oct 16, 2015

[New love interest for Louisa, maybe?]

"Who is this?" I said, though I knew immediately who it was. "Sam. Ambulance Sam. I was just passing by on the way home from work, and I just... Well, you left in such a hurry the other night, I thought I'd make sure you were okay." "A fortnight later? I could have been eaten by cats by now." "I'm guessing you weren't." "I don't have a cat." A short silence. "But I'm fine, Ambulance Sam. Thanks." "Great...That's good to hear." I shifted, so I could see him through the grainy black and white of the little entry video screen. He was wearing a biker jacket instead of his paramedics uniform, and had one hand resting against the wall. He took his hand off the wall and turned to face the road. I saw him let out a breath, and that small motion prompted me to speak. "So...what are you up to?"-excerpt, After You

M_ALCOTT Oct 16, 2015

Lily Houghton-Miller: "My dad had the hots for you. How mad is that? Oh, my God! In a different universe, you could have been MY STEPMUM."


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