Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Review: After You by Jojo Moyes (Me Before You #2)

Title: After You
Series: Me Before You #2
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages: 407
Genres: Women's Fiction

After You

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .
Its hard for me to reconcile between the story I expected and hoped for versus what the story actually was about.

Lou is living a somewhat underwhelming life yet again - she did travel around the world briefly but travelling aimlessly wasn't for her. Lou ends up in a flat in London, working in a bar.

A new character is introduced, Lily. This character takes centre stage throughout which was disappointing to me. I really wanted Lou to be the focus point in an inspiring 'Eat, Pray, Love' type story of self discovery and travel throughout the world. But no. For the entire book Lou is just stagnating in London, working in a bar and attending a group therapy about grief.

I emphasise with the grief Lou must have been feeling - I was still grieving Will and his absence is keenly felt throughout this book. It just wasn't the same. A new love interest is introduced but there didn't seem to be any real chemistry. The story was just so... meh.

In all honesty after reading this, I agree with other reviewers that a sequel to Me Before You was not really needed. There was not any powerful positive messages underling this book that packed the same emotional punch. The shift of focus onto the new character was unnecessary and detracted away from Lou.

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