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After You by Jojo Moyes

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I was fully aware of what I might find when I picked After You from the Justbooks Library. I had read good reviews and not so great reviews about this one over the past few months. Something which is very normal when a sequel to a book which has very popular. Nevertheless I decided to read it when I got a copy.

Now that I have read it…I don’t regret reading the book. As a stand-alone story, After You is kind of good. But the story of life of Lou after the epic story in ‘Me Before You’, you are heavily disappointed. It felt like the story was written to give closure to Lou’s life by hatching up something, fill the book with so many characters and devote quite a bit of time for them etc.

To be frank the only saving grace of the book is the mature love between Lou and Sam which is kind of nice to read about. The characters like Lily, Will’s parents, Lou’s parents, her sister etc etc do take up a lot of pages and kind of act like fillers and they are quite nice. But then you still end up wishing this sequel was never written.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Book Review [ UBC – Day 29]

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Story Line

Louisa Clark lost her job during a tough economic situation and there are not much jobs for her to choose. Dire financial need prompts her to take up the job of being a companion to Will Traynor,an invalid confined to a wheelchair after an accident. Will has lost his desire to live being dependent on someone else for all his needs.

Lou and Will does not get along well, but there is no way Lou can let the job go. Will they get along?

Thoughts

I read this book in a single day which is a very very rare thing for me these days.

 One of the greatest plus points about this book is the characterization of Will and Lou. There are nothing extraordinarily dramatic about their characters other than what is expected in the given circumstances.Will being frustrated and bitchy due to his condition and Lou being frustrated with the way he treats her are kind of expected.

Jojo Moyes has taken up a highly debatable topic and written a sweet story around it. But that does not mean that she has sugar coated things to make it easy for the reader. No. She has pulled the reader totally into the story that everyone ends up wondering what they would do in the given circumstances. What choice should everyone make?

Now don’t ask me what is that highly debatable topic. I am not going to reveal it here and spoil the book for you all.

I loved everything about this book and I hope all of you too do so. It made me chuckle, it made me sad, it made me happy, it made me cry, it made me feel a lot of things which I can never explain to you in words.

Verdict: Highly Highly Recommended.

And please keep few tissues handy if you are the crying type…

Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Michael Joseph
First Release: Jan 2012
Source: Library

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Jojo Moyes - Honeymoon in Paris. Short Novella before The Girl you Left Behind

Honeymoon In Paris by Jojo Moyes – Review

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Jojo Moyes - Honeymoon in Paris. Short Novella before The Girl you Left Behind

 

I had read few good reviews about ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes which was the reason why I am curious to read and review this novella. This is a prequel to the book ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ coming out in September. I should say that this was a sheer pleasure to read and I was so sad that the novella ended up so fast.

Ok. Now this was not at a happy book. This has a lot of heart-wrenching moments which I felt was expressed so beautifully. Can you imagine what happens when a woman doubts her decision to marry while on her honeymoon? What happens when a woman feels so lonely during her honeymoon when the couple is supposed to have a ‘top of the world’ feeling?

Honeymoon in Paris has two stories running in parallel – that of Sophie and Edouard Lefevre in France during the First World War, and, nearly a century later, Liv Halston and her husband David. And there is a moment when both stories intersect while Liv is looking at a picture of Sophie drawn by Edouard.

I should just conclude by saying that I am just eagerly waiting for ‘The Girl You Left Behind’

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Book Review