Series: Me Before You #2
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: 9/29/2015
My Rating: 5 Stars
AFTER YOU, the "hold your breath", much anticipated sequel to the five-million-copy bestseller"Me Before You, we all fell in love with-- What happened to Louisa Clark eighteen months later?
What can you say about a famous British author, JoJo Moyes,over the top, loved by Americans, as much as her own Country? A master storyteller - writing about the everyday woman (we all sympathize with), down on her luck, scraping the bottom; tragedy, humor, wit; comedy, chick-lit and romance – all rolled into a novel. The most talked about Before and After has arrived! She pulls out all the stops with every book she writes, like a "rock star." It is worth the wait.
It is like peanut butter and jelly, or a horse and carriage. You cannot have one without the other. Thank you, from your fans. We wanted, you granted. AFTER YOU. Brilliant. JoJo Moyes has provided us the laughs we needed after the intense emotions and tears of Me Before You. Pull up your knickers . . Life must go on.
First, let me say, the audiobook is a "given" for me. You cannot fully experience the range of emotions from reading the book alone. You need audio, and better still, a movie. My fingers hit PRE-ORDER the minute I see Moyes, on an upcoming book.
Anna Acton delivered an award-winning laugh-out-loud performance; a perfect Moyes/Acton duo! (Yes, I am aware they did not use the six multi-narrators as the previous book);however, one narrator worked this time around.
We all loved Louisa (Lou) Clark, who was down on her luck, with dead end jobs. She was desperate. After taking a job with a man named Will Traynor, a quadriplegic, they fall in love; however, Will cannot live with his handicap, and ends his life. Lou is left with her memories, her grief, and has tried to take Will’s gift of travel – to live. She is unsure she can follow his instructions to, Live Well.
As we move into After You, we pick up with Lou. She is still unsettled, and still feels guilt and is grieving. She struggles daily if she could have said, or done something to keep him with her. Will she ever be able to love again? She has traveled around Europe, and has purchased a flat, in London with the money Will left her.
Lou is depressed and miserable without her love. She is back working at an Irish airport pub as a barmaid in a crazy outfit, cleaning toilets, and listening to men’s problems. At night she goes home alone stargazing on her patio with her wine. Of course, she loses her balance and has a bit of an accident on the roof top.
Next, a few new characters, a funny therapy support group, Moving On, Sam, a paramedic, and Lily, a sixteen-year-old delinquent, which pulls at her heart strings. We hear from Will's parents, and of course Lou’s family--which offers about as many laughs as Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum’s Grandma Mazur and Lula.
What is next for Lou? Well, there is plenty, in store for all you Moyes’ fans. You will not be disappointed. Entertaining. Hilarious!
Now, we are waiting for Book Three. How about "NOW ME", or "ITS’ ALL ABOUT ME" ? Can’t wait for the movie! Until then, be sure and shave your legs, water your plants, and stay off the roof with wine.