After You by Jojo Moyes
A Novel

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43 Critic Reviews

Even though I didn’t love this book as much as Me Before You, it’s still a strong, thought-provoking book populated with interesting characters. While there is not an HEA for Louisa here, the book concludes with a positive, uplifting finale with a HFN. Somehow, the reader knows Louisa will be just fine.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

The sequel to Me Before You, which is now a major motion picture. Look out for Jojo’s new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, available now.

“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

“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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Jojo Moyes

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Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, and The Last Letter from Your Lover.  Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.
 
Published September 29, 2015 by Penguin Books. 353 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 43 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 14

Kirkus

Below average
on Jul 29 2015

While developing wonderfully nuanced characters like Will’s grieving parents...Moyes weakens the novel with stock villains like Lily’s narcissistic upper-middle-class mom...Narrator Louisa is not quite as much fun this time around, but the optimistic final pages hint that her adventures may continue into another book.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Bobbi Dumas on Oct 02 2015

In all of her books, Moyes peers deftly into class issues, social mores and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet, there is always resolution.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Oct 01 2015

Be assured, there are plot twists aplenty here and moments of silliness and the arrival of unexpected characters who help Lou lift herself up again, but, overall, After You is a more muted, riskier novel than its predecessor.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Heather Stanton on Jan 17 2016

Even though I didn’t love this book as much as Me Before You, it’s still a strong, thought-provoking book populated with interesting characters. While there is not an HEA for Louisa here, the book concludes with a positive, uplifting finale with a HFN. Somehow, the reader knows Louisa will be just fine.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Amy Goodfellow Wagner on Nov 15 2015

It’s a story about the unpredictable path that life – and love – can take. And it’s a wonderful story about the unbreakable bonds that tie family, friends and lovers together.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Oct 28 2015

Moyes is able to combine humor, pathos and thoughtful themes into her stories. In "After You," readers will consider what makes people family -- is it just a blood relationship? What makes people act the way they do, and can love exist from afar? She also brings into the story the vulnerability (and stupidity) of youth.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jul 19 2016

AFTER YOU is quintessential Jojo Moyes --- a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates.

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Book Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by Katherine B. Weissman on Oct 01 2015

Criticisms? A few. The episodes involving the members of the Moving On Circle and the Clark family, while a winning combination of black humor and pathos, occasionally feel over-long, like padding, and steal the thunder of the central drama.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by AMY WILKINSON on Sep 30 2015

Just as I suspect many fans of Moyes’ heartrending 2012 novel Me Before You will do, I cracked the spine on this follow-up hoping to find quirky heroine Louisa Clark embracing the Big Life that her charge (and beau) Will Traynor wished for her before his death...After You may not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel You needed.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Rachel Hore on Sep 27 2015

After You is most of all about Louisa’s journey, a random, bumpy process of accommodation to loss and the fear of starting over...I’m sure there’s room for Book Three – I can’t wait!

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20Something Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Katherine B. Weissman on Oct 01 2015

The finale is fairly open-ended, giving rise to thoughts of a third book (possible title: ME). But although I’d be curious about what might happen next, I suspect it would be smarter to imitate Louisa herself and “move on.” I know that Moyes has many other entrancing stories to tell, and I’m one of thousands who are eager to read them.

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The Columbus Dispatch

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Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on Dec 13 2015

Fans of Lou will be glad to find that she’s still the same person, dealing with different but equally tricky issues, and fans of fiction should be pleased that Moyes has crafted a sequel that doesn’t simply coast on the original’s merits.

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The Miami Herald

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Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Sep 29 2015

And if she oversteps a bit in the highly charged climax that finally pushes Lou into recovery, for the most part, she writes about sorrow with compassion.

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The Coast

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Dec 11 2015

I experienced the novel as if it were Louisa’s diary, while knowing elements of melodrama were being deployed judiciously to heighten the pleasure and escapism. It would be most surprising if Me Before You’s legions of fans weren’t similarly enthralled by its plucky little sister.

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Philly.com

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Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Oct 18 2015

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.

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Fresh Fiction

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Dyer on Oct 09 2015

...I was not disappointed at all, but really felt like the sequel wasn't necessary to the original story. The characters are well written and I didn't find fault in any part of the story. It didn't blow me away and I didn't feel the emotional impact like I did with the first book.

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Booking Mama

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Reviewed by Julie P. on Oct 06 2015

AFTER YOU is a great suggestion for book clubs. It's a quick read -- mainly because you get so caught up in Louisa's life and can't put the book down.

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The Good, The Bad and The Unread

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Reviewed by Sandy M on Jan 24 2016

As disappointed as I am with Lou and her predicament, it’s Ms. Moyes’ talent that keeps my grade from going any lower. I wasn’t expecting another Me Before You, but I was expecting something more, just like Will. More emotion, more fun, more moments. For me, that experience just didn’t happen.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

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Reviewed by Jenn on Sep 29 2015

My journey, with Lou, was a painstaking one. Yet ultimately, completely and immeasurably rewarding. Highly, highly recommended.

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Novelicious

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Reviewed by Zarina de Ruiter on Oct 26 2015

So, is After You a worthy addition to Me Before You? Most definitely. Jojo Moyes' emotionally captivating writing style makes this another worthy addition to her already extensive catalogue.

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Beth Fish Reads

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Reviewed by Beth F. on Oct 19 2015

Jojo Moyes's After You is a solid follow-up to her earlier novel. It takes us to a realistic place, not to fairyland, but examines tough issues with a little lightness too.

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The Reading Date

Good
on Oct 19 2015

After You is the sequel to Me Before You that I didn’t even know I wanted but it ended up giving me the closure I needed. I like the way Lou’s story ended here but can’t help but wonder if Moyes has more stories in mind!

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Lit and Life

Above average
Reviewed by Lisa on Oct 08 2015

But this is Moyes so After You is a solid read with charm, some really well-written characters, and enough depth to help readers get involved in the story. It's not Me Before You but I enjoyed it.

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Rated Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim on Jun 13 2016

Her journey is sweet and sometimes frustrating for readers because Louisa can seem so slow to get the message of how to really live. The story isn’t at all the one I would have expected, but it’s nice to be back in the pages of Lou’s life.

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http://portlandbookreview.com

Good
on Oct 13 2015

Moyes shares details in the book in an expert fashion so that the reader truly understands each and every trial Louisa is faced with during her daunting journey of adulthood.

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Alpha Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Danielle on Feb 19 2016

...‘After You’ was absolutely fulfilling and a phenomenal read. I did love that Lou got another little romance here, but there’s bigger things happening in her life that made me even think I’d like to revisit her for a third time round …

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Good Book Fairy

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Reviewed by Good Book Fairy on Oct 19 2015

So with that long-winded premise I’ll say this was a fine story. It was nice to revisit with Lou, the main protagonist, and live through the healing process, however there was still a lot of Will in the book, rather than this being Lou’s story.

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https://rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com

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on Oct 28 2015

I don’t know how much Moyes worried about such expectations, but she acquitted herself with her usual knack for treating difficult subjects with grace, compassion, and humor.

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From Left to Write

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Reviewed by Thien-Kim on Sep 29 2015

Moyes has a talent for creating compelling, relatable characters that tug at your heart. Lou, Sam, and Lily would not let me go to bed until their stories were resolved.

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https://booksellersnz.wordpress.com

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Reviewed by Christine Frayling on Nov 27 2015

I did though feel some frustration with some of the characters, but if you’ve read the previous book, I’m sure you will find that this nicely concludes the story of Louisa Clark.

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It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

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Reviewed by Larry on Oct 23 2015

This book didn't hit me as hard as its predecessor, but I still found myself getting choked up. And while I didn't think this book was quite as good, it's still a really good, enjoyable, emotional read, so I wasn't disappointed.

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It's Time to Read

Below average
Reviewed by Katie on Jan 02 2016

I am rating this novel 2 out of 5. To be honest, (and I write this sadly) I wish Jojo Moyes had just left this sequel well alone.

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https://mauriceonbooks.wordpress.com

Above average
Reviewed by lomaurice on Sep 28 2015

I will put my two cents in here at this point and go out on a limb. I think Moyes has done a bang-up job with this extension of ME BEFORE YOU. However, I see the potential for at least one more novel here.

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The Readers Den

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Reviewed by Jasprit on Oct 13 2015

I don’t mind being left hanging and left to think about things to come, so I did expect a bit more from the ending. But despite this, I am truly grateful that Moyes gave us the chance to be part of Louisa’s life once more, it is one that I know I didn’t want to let go of.

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So many books, so little time

Good
on Oct 01 2015

This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster as is Moyes trademark, allow you to reconnect with some of the much loved characters from the first book and a few surprises along the way.

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Book Nerd

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Reviewed by Giselle on Nov 19 2015

There’s more family, friendship and obviously a lot of healing needed to be done. This is the story of what happens after someone you love has passed away. Don’t say I didn’t warn you that it has its twists and turns.

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The Reader Bee

Above average
Reviewed by Christy on Sep 28 2015

Overall; I really enjoyed the book, but in a completely different way than I enjoyed After You. There was obviously something missing from the second book that I loved so very much in the first book, and it was hard not having that there. But despite that, I really enjoyed the book.

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A Glass of Wine

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Reviewed by Kathy on Oct 10 2015

After You, as a stand alone novel, is every bit as wonderful as you would expect it to be. However, for me at least, I am not sure it works as a follow up to Me Before You.

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Utah Mom's Life

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Reviewed by Cindi on Sep 29 2015

In the end, it was nice to check up on Louise. Perhaps it was even cathartic and healthy for the readers who fell in love with her in Me Before You, to have a chance to meet her again and see that she can be strong and live her life with flair and passion and her own quirky, fun personality.

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https://1girl2manybooks.wordpress.com

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Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Oct 12 2015

At the end of this book, you can see her embracing them and that things would be getting better. It wouldn’t be right away, but it’d be there. After You didn’t destroy me like it’s predecessor but it definitely gave me what I needed for Lou.

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Pingwings Bookshelf

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Reviewed by Pingwing on Dec 14 2015

I agree with a lot of the things I’ve seen people give as reasons for not liking the book, but at the same time, I wanted to see Lou grieve, but be able to move on and live her life. How would she move forward?

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http://gonewiththewords.com

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Reviewed by Jess on Oct 05 2015

After You had a lot of the things I’ve come to love from a Jojo Moyes book. It made me feel a full range of emotions. Reading Moyes’s books is knowing I’m signing up to spend hours a day completely immersed in these worlds and characters she’s created.

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Great Thoughts

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Reviewed by Andrea Katz on Sep 28 2015

Moyes wrote such an amazing first book that I wondered if the sequel could possibly be as good. It is.

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