I finished Jojo Moyes novel AFTER YOU today, but before I you keep on reading, I’d like you to know that this is a sequel to ME BEFORE YOU which I did a review for HERE. Do check it out. After reading this book, I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to read ME BEFORE YOU first, but I think it will help with some of the references.
*The Oprah Winfrey said that, you know a book is a good back when the first few sentences captures your attention or something along those lines, so that is how I will begin this book review. Because what Oprah says, is what I will do*
first few sentences
The big man at the end of the bar is sweating. He holds his head low over his double scotch and every few minutes he glances up and out behind him toward the door, and a fine sheen of perspiration glistens under the strip lights. He lets out a long, shaky breath disguised as a high sigh and turns back to his drink.
Lousia or Lou in ME BEFORE YOU was separated from the man she loved due to circumstances beyond her control. Fast forward to AFTER YOU, Lou has been and is still dealing with this separation all while trying to live her life the best way she can. Lou joins a support group in order to heal, but then a huge reminder of her past love shows up making it impossible for her to move on. Lou goes back and fourth on whether it is appropriate to move on from her past love, whether there is room for a new love, and even for a new life.
This was probable one of my lease favorite Jojo Moyes book I have read and I kinda want to blame it on the high expectation I set for it. That said, I will still rate pretty high, a 4/5. I found a lot of the chapters to be unnecessary to the story, I found some of the characters to be unnecessary at times. But Jojo Moyes tackled some topics that I feel are so relevant to my generation or to our society right now, like feminism, single parenting, the abusive culture of the youth as it pertain to drugs, alcohol, gangs, etc… Although a romantic novel, Moyes did an excellent job of incorporating all those topics but still not distracting readers from the love story happening.
“… that no journey out of grief is straight forward. There would be good days and bad days. Today was just a bad day, a kink in the road, to be traversed and survived.”
“…I was suddenly glad of his solidity in a world where it was so easy to fall.”
“beef cheeks. I was too afraid to ask from which end they came. I wasn’t sure which would be worse.”
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