Thursday, 13 July 2017

Reading My Books - After You

Get me, two books in a row by the same author and the sequel follows straight on from the original and so do my reviews of them!  What is happening in the world.  Well not doing so much blogging is what has been happening as it has definitely helped my reading to increase - this is my 17th book review this year.  When I started really trying to get my books read and reviewed back in 2015 I only managed 11 and last year I read 17 all year - at least that is what I see having a quick look back.  The main point being I am really reading a lot more books than I used to!

Hopefully I can return a bit more to blogging and also keep up the reading because I am enjoying the books I am reading as well as the accomplishment of finishing some of my books and the fact that I can then pass them on to others and clear out some space.

This is all rambling though, I need to get on with my review or you will wonder why you are reading this.

My latest finish is After You by Jojo Moyes, which follows on from Me Before You - which I reviewed last week, you can see the review here if you missed it.  We start of course by looking at the blurb, a constant fascination of mine.


"Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home.

Whether her family can ever forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live.  And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in..."

This review instantly fails my not starting sentences with "And" and "But" criteria, more than once, but (!) I feel that I have to forgive it because I like Jojo Moyes books so much.  They are my reviews and I can be as fickle as I like though.  Can't I?  (she says with more incorrect grammar)

The review is good, it entices you in and if you have read Me Before You it definitely captures your imagination and makes you want to know what is happening now in Lou's life.

As to the story itself, well again, it is well written, a good story and keeps pace well.

We find Lou about 18 months on from Will's death and she and the rest of the world are coming to terms with his death.  Lou is working in a horrible airport bar, has bought a flat and is living alone, not sure what to do with her life.  She then has an accident, from which she recovers well and then life starts to throw more issues at her.  In the end all is well, but the story definitely twists and turns around.

Looking at this book in isolation, without considering the previous book it is a great read, a nice story, well told, it moves events on well - and could even lead to a third book I thought - and I would rate it highly.  Probably an 8 or 9 out of 10.

It is difficult though when comparing it to Me Before You.  I felt that really told a very real story, I could imagine it all, feel it in my heart and really felt as though it was totally real and really could be happening.  After You is more of a traditional novel/love story/good read.  Don't get me wrong, it is a good book, but not quite as good as the previous one.  It doesn't have the same intensity somehow.  That said, this is a very real book too.  It tells of real things, of things I can again relate to and understand and it really is a good book.  Comparing it to the previous one I would rate it a point down.  You would still have to be a boulder not to be moved by this book - as I said about the last one!

However, I am rating this a 9 out of 10, taking into consideration the previous book and this one, the reality on both and the good story that it is.  I thoroughly recommend both of these books as great reads.  This copy will be passed on - it already has been by the time you are reading this! - with the other book to be read together.

The only thing I want to finish with is saying this.  Either Jojo Moyes has done some amazing research or been through some terrible experiences herself in order to write these books, and while I doubt she is reading my reviews, I hope that it is very well done research and nothing else which has enabled her to produce such good books.

I would love to know what you thought of this book compared to the previous one as well.  Do share.

Amy

p.s. you can find all of my other reviews - including other books by this author - here.

18 comments:

  1. I haven't read these books but maybe you preferred the previous one as it more closely matched your own situation. Not that I have any idea about that or the book! 😊

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  2. Your reading is going well, but I must admit that I feel guilty if I read during the day, but get a few chapters in just before I go to sleep of a night. It was so ingrained in me as a child that I must be busy, that I've never shaken the habit & maybe that's why I craft, but I do love reading and am reading a book called The Rose Garden (set in Ireland) & am enjoying, although slowly. I love reference type books especially & naughty me, just bought one called She Sheds. Enjoy your reading & take care.

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  3. I seem to be reading more recently using that to relax rather than crafting.

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  4. Clearly it is raining books in your yard!!!

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  5. Dear Amy
    I agree - I 'enjoyed' ( not sure that's the right word, given the subject) both of these books and thought Me Before You had the edge. I was a bit concerned about a sequel, as the first one worked as a stand alone story and was realistic and moving. However, the second was a suitable continuation and did answer the 'what happened to Lou?' question.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  6. Reading more than blogging or doing family history at the moment. They both sound like good books, I must look out for them at the library:)

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  7. Both of these sound like books I enjoy. I'm reading more these days, with school out, and am always looking for suggestions. Thanks, Amy.

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  8. I do love a great summer read, although I've yet to find one this year. Thank you for the reviews.
    Andrea

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  9. I agree with your review, though you've given After You a higher mark than I would have done. Me Before You would definitely score ten out of ten for me too but I really don't think it needed a sequel. Saying that, I did enjoy After You, but would have only given it around a six or seven. I think they'd both have worked better as stand alone novels.

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  10. I agree with you, the sequel was missing something true. I did enjoy both reads though.

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  11. This author got me back into reading after a long spell not managing to work up the interest

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  12. Thanks for the great reviews about these books Amy! I loved the movie and now with your reviews and description I want to read the books too. I hope they'll make a sequel movie one day as well.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend Lovie!! xoxo

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  13. I'd not be surprised if the author pops in to read your review. It happened to me once. 🙂

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  14. Thanks for sharing your viewpoint, Amy. I value your opinion and after seeing the movie now I want to read "after you" to see what happened next to Lou.

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  15. I read the first book, but have not read this follow-up. I appreciate your review and now I'm looking forward to reading this book!

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  16. I've been hearing so much about this author, I've yet to try her. I've not seen the movie either.
    Amalia
    xo

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  17. I loved it because it was different, it could stand on its own without the first book. Glad you enjoyed it Amy.

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  18. I enjoyed this one too. I'm hoping she does another so we can find out what the future holds for Lou.
    Lisa x

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