Sunday, December 13, 2015
Blog Post for "After You" by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes just tells a good story and the characters of Will and Lou will
resonate with you if you have a heart of any size. :)
Will is a brilliant, handsome man who became a quadriplegic in a freak
accident one day crossing the street for a taxi. When we meet him he wants to end his life through assisted suicide. The fallout will effect Lou and his family in ways they did not see coming.
After You , Jojo Moye's new sequel, begins with Lou after Will's death, after the news reports, judgement of her by everyone good and bad, and after time has passed to some extent. She is living in London with the help of the money that Will left her. Lou is dissatisfied with her life and feels she is breaking her promise to Will to "Live", but she can not break out of the day-to-day existence she has chosen.
After drinking too much one night, she has her own strange, life-changing accident. Looking at the
world that Will faced she understands some of what he was going through. After recuperating back
home with her parents for months, she returns to her empty apartment to start over in the job she hates. She joins a support group for grieving family members and runs into the ambulance worker
whose voice she remembers from the her accident.
Their turbulent relationship along with surprising entries from Will's family will keep Lou struggling to help them sort out their grief and to work through her own. It's hard not to spill out the secrets in this book but you want to discover them for yourself. Jojo Moyes builds the story well and you deserve to discover Lou's story one page at a time. Bring the kleenex box!!