Sunday, September 10, 2017

Book Review: 'After You' by Jojo Moyes

Londoner Louisa Clark is in a bad place after a heartbreaking experience leaves her emotionally drained. For a while, she hopes that she will heal quickly, emerge from her despair, and make a fresh start. However, Lou's timetable seems to be a bit off. She still lives in a depressing flat, works as a waitress in a tacky bar, and spends most of her dreary evenings alone. Clearly, this despondent woman has a long way to go before she is ready to move on. In "After You," by Jojo Moyes, Louisa takes a few tentative steps to overcome the grief that has all but paralyzed her.

In this funny, warm, and witty novel, Louisa is surprised when Lily, a troubled sixteen-year-old girl, suddenly shows up on her doorstep. In addition, Lou meets an attractive paramedic; reopens the lines of communication with her parents; and slowly comes to realize that seizing opportunities requires courage.

Lily is a confused and resentful adolescent who is maddening, blunt, and unpredictable. However, she is also intelligent, resourceful, and has the potential to make something of herself. Lou and Lily have a great deal in common; they have both been traumatized and are reluctant to trust anyone unconditionally. In spite of a few minor contrived plot elements, "After You" is an engrossing novel of love and loss that will touch the large number of readers who adored Jojo Moyes' "Me Before You."

Editor's note: This review was written by Eleanor Bukowsky and has been reposted with permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right

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