08 Jan Review of “After You” by Jojo Moyes
Imagine that you are in love with someone who wants to commit suicide. Your job is to change their mind by taking them on adventures around the world that will bring them joy and change their bleak outlook on life; and by showing them so much love they couldn’t possibly follow through with their plan. Now imagine that it didn’t work and they went through with the suicide anyway, in spite of your great love affair over the last six months. Read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, it is the first book in the series. I had a hard time getting into the story at first, but by the fourth chapter I could not put this book down. I read the remainder in one sitting, without moving from the couch.
Now months have passed since the incident. “After You” the second book, starts with Louise Clark trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. How would you move on? How do you block out all the rumors that you participated in assisted suicide? How do you convince everyone that you fell off the roof of your building and didn’t jump? How do you deal with the teenage girl who shows up on your door step claiming to be your late lover’s daughter? Jojo Moyes does a fantastic job of making you feel the emotions of all the characters in these books. She is not afraid of leaving the reader scratching their head and wondering where is the happy ending.
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