After You by Jojo Moyes

This was my February’s book club choice. We read the first book, Me Before You, a few years ago. We decided to see how Moyes finished up the series.

Published: 2015

Genre: fiction

Length: 352 pages

Setting: London, 2010s. a few years after the events of Me Before You

Summary: Short version: Louisa has a hard time moving on from Will’s death

Long version: Louisa is in a bit of a holding pattern in her life. It’s been a few years since Will has died, and Lou is stuck in a bar tending job at the airport with no friends. Things change when she breaks her hip accidentally falling off her apartment roof. She reunites with her family (her parents secretly think she tried to commit suicide). She joins a grief counseling group, which reintroduces her to Sam, the EMT who drove her to the hospital after her accident. She meets Lily, the teen-age daughter Will never knew he had. Lou introduces Lily to her grandparents which doesn’t go great. Lily’s gotten herself kicked out of her house and is looking for family to replace her own. Lou fills that void as best as she can. Lou has a hard time making a commitment to Sam until he has a nearly fatal accident.

Final thoughts: A very enjoyable book. There were several times that I felt like I knew where the book was going and it took a different turn. I was particularly moved by Lily’s part of the story. She was a teenager and in danger of slipping into the void of drugs and alcohol and probably an early death. The sad thing is her parents were more than willing to let her go. Louisa  seemed to be the only adult who cared about Lily. Of course, Louisa’s family thought she was crazy. Why should Lou disrupt her life to help the teenage kid of her dead boyfriend? When you put it like that, it does sound crazy. However, Lily gave Louisa a purpose. Also, I think Louisa recognized Lily’s need for a caretaker. Lily wanted to belong somewhere in a family. Her mother and stepfather weren’t providing what she needed, but she was too immature to live on her own. Then there’s the whole love story with Sam and the question of whether or not Louisa will take a job in NYC. Moyes sprinkles the heavy themes with a liberal dose of humor.

Title comes from: It was about Louisa’s life after Will died

Reading challenges fulfilled: book #15 for 2020 and an A in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge

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