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October Book Club - After You by Jojo Moyes

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KatGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 01-Oct-15 10:47:54

Everyone is talking about After You, the eagerly awaited sequel to Jojo Moyes' bestseller Me Before You. We're thrilled to be featuring it as our book of the month.

Don't forget that if you received a free copy you will need to leave your comments and questions on this thread by the end of the month. (And if you didn't receive one do buy or borrow and join in!)

We will be sending a selection of the best questions over to Jojo towards the end of October. More info on the book here.

Elsie10 Tue 27-Oct-15 09:44:03

I had Me Before You on my bookshelf - unread - so when I received After You I had to read the first one - wow - I was hooked and it was so brilliant to be able to read both books one after the other. I made a 4 hour plane journey with After You and read/cried all the way to Tenerife!! I absolutely loved both books and think that the subject of Right to Die was handled extremely well - and how it affects an entire group of family and close acquaintances.

Well done Jojo - and wasn't I lucky to be able to read both books straight through. Maximum enjoyment from a story from start to finish.

annjean65 Tue 27-Oct-15 10:29:21

Thank you for the opportunity to read this lovely novel. I loved the way that the story unfolded in line with Louisa's grappling with her grief. The other characters were also believable particularly the teenage Lily where the writer caught the angst of a disturbed adolescent so accurately. Reading this novel was an emotional experience and I confess to a tear at the end. I can see this novel as a film and will be suggesting it to my book group.

NanSue Tue 27-Oct-15 21:37:14

After reading some comments on the thread, I, like some of the other GN's,
bought Me Before You. I was hooked from the very first page, I couldn't wait to get back to it every night and it was certainly one of those books that stays with you. (I look forward to the film.)The minute I finished I started After you. I did enjoy it, however Me before you won hands down in my opinion. Jo jo Moyes is definitely my new favourite author.
My questions to her are..What are you working on now? and Who is your favourite author?

Miriam Wed 28-Oct-15 16:36:10

I really enjoyed reading After You, even though I had not read Me Before You, which I will now rectify, it worked well as a stand alone story. I loved all the characters who came over as so believable. I look forward to seeing the film of Me Before You and hope there will be a sequel to After You letting us know what happened in the States and how life with Sam panned out. Jojo Moyes is now my new favourite author, thanks Gransnet for showing me what I have been missing.

Envious Thu 29-Oct-15 15:03:02

I enjoyed After You very much. It has been a long time since I read a book I couldn't put down. The characters were so real and my favorite read is a book where I can see in my head everyone and their surroundings like I'm watching a movie. I've gotten Me Before You from the library and have started reading it. I'm pleased I got a copy of JoJo Moyers book. I don't think I'd of known of it if I hadn't. Would of been a shame to miss!

TrishTopcat Fri 30-Oct-15 12:47:46

Really loved this book, couldn't put it down. Enjoyed it as much as 'Me before you'

eGJ Sat 31-Oct-15 10:43:28

I too enjoyed this, but not quite as much as the first. The way JoJo gets through the layers of grief is really well described and the complex family relationships seem very true. However it was not as engrossing as Me Before You and of course there was never going to be a "happy ever after" . The first book stayed alive in one's head for ages, whilst this one won't. However can she come up with a 3rd book and give us the ending we all want? smile for JoJo and thank you to GN too flowers

Slpotts53 Sun 01-Nov-15 08:22:33

I was delighted to receive a copy of After You as I had so enjoyed reading Me Before You. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and was very pleased to see that Louisa had not suddenly miraculously got over Will's suicide. The subject of grief and self help groups was written about realistically and sensitively.
This novel contains a mix of gritty reality, humour and of course some events that are unbelievable but make for a good read. I especially enjoyed the interaction between Lou and Lily. To me she caught the moods and behaviour of a 'disturbed'adolescent perfectly.
It was good to see that Lou's family were also developed and I thought the issue of a changing relationship between her parents when mum discovered feminism was described well and could engender a lot of discussion.
This book would be a good choice for book groups.
I would like to think this could also be made into a very enjoyable film too.
A very good read and obviously the ending lends itself to a sequel. I very much hope so anyway!

nannabo Sun 01-Nov-15 21:19:19

I told my daughter that I had received the new Jojo Moyes book After you and she told me to read Me Before You first, Read that on holiday 2 weeks ago and loved it. Made me laugh and cry. Just finished After You and again loved it. I hope that she carries on with what happens in New York. Waiting with great anticipation.

NfkDumpling Mon 02-Nov-15 07:00:21

Thank you everyone who advised to read Me Before You before continuing with After You.

I'm now at that 'what now' stage you go through after a really good read. I'm really missing Lou and want to know if she's getting on OK!

Thank you GN so much for sending me this book, it's one I would never have picked off the shelf. (Specially these days when it's becoming increasingly difficult to browse for fiction in a book shop or library with fewer and fewer actual books on the shelves.)

Helen2014 Mon 02-Nov-15 08:28:07

I couldn't sleep last night so I read instead and finished this book. I really liked the ending. Without giving anything away I think the author was brave to leave loose ends and I hope to be reading a 3rd book about Lou before too long? I really want to know more about Louise's mother too and her further adventures! The characters were so well written that I feel they are alive and going about their business. We need JoJo to tell us more about how they are getting on!

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 08:53:34

Purpledaffodil

I would like to ask Jojo Moyes if she has left the end open for a further book to complete a trilogy?

(and for all those who asked the same)

I did. I have a rough idea for a third - if I can make it work I would love to write a final part in the trilogy (but it won't be the next book I write).

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 08:55:47

GrandmaH

I would like to ask Jojo if she always planned to write a sequel or if Lou just would not go away? I can imagine she would keep cropping up & asking to be 'finished'. I do feel her story has come to an end now- although I'm not sure she will come back to England any time soon. Feisty lady needs a bit more in her life!!
Thank you GN again for this book & thank you, Jojo for writing a sequel for us.

That's exactly it! Lou just never left my head in the way that previous characters have. Lots of people have asked what happened to her over the past few years, and eventually I just started to ask myself the same question.

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 08:56:43

Helen2014

Wow! Thank you Gransnet for my copy of this book. I'm totally hooked (as so many others seem to be) and it is a real page turner. I always give my books to my doctor's surgery when I've read them as they sell them for a pound for charity.

Anyway, my question is, how much (if any) of the book is taken from your own life and how much is imagination/research? I heard Kathy Letts once say that she had cannibalised her own life in writing her novels. If characters or stories come from you own life, does that make it difficult, knowing that total strangers (your readers) are glimpsing your own intimate thoughts and feelings?

I never use real events from people I know, or from my own life, but I'm sure there is lots that seeps in there through my subconscious. Also, writers are definitely magpies - we're constantly storing and filtering events, snippets of dialogues, descriptions, things that happen around us, sometimes without even realising it. All that good stuff finds its way into writing.

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 08:57:33

glassortwo

Finished and as usual with Jo Jos style you cant put the book down. Wont spoil it for anyone still reading.

For anyone who is picking up a JO JO Moyes book for the first time and have enjoyed After you please try The Girl you left behind and Last letter from your lover, these are two of my favourites.

Jo Jo thank you for another great read, have you purposefully left the story line open with possibilities of returning to explore Louisa? I hope so. smile
Is it intentional for all your story lines to be so different from the one before so you dont become pigeon holed.

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And yes, just because I write 'commercial' fiction, I don't want to be accused of turning out the same story again and again. Also - you tend to write the story that won't leave your head - sometimes that will be historical, sometimes that will be present day. That's why they're all different.

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 08:58:11

gardener

Thank you for sending this book which I really enjoyed even though I didn't find it quite as gripping and emotional as Me Before You.
I would like to ask two questions... ..
Did Jojo Moyes have personal experience of a Moving On Therapy group in order to include this in the plot ?
And was she already planning a sequel set in New York while writing this book ?
I'm sure - like other readers - that a third book is bound to follow !

Not of that particular group, but I have had therapy in my thirties and I found it invaluable, both as a human being and as a writer.

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 08:58:55

EastEndGranny

Thank you again for my copy. I very much enjoyed this read despite not having read Me Before You. I enjoyed all the twists and turns but wasn't too sure about the ending. But as I read on it mostly worked for me. But going to New York????
Did Jojo talk/shadow any paramedics before writing this?

Would certainly look for more of her books in the future.

Yes I did. One was kind enough to spend several evenings going over his kit and describing his day to me. I also read several self-published books by paramedics. I did want to go out with a team, but insurance requirements got in the way….

JojoMoyes Wed 04-Nov-15 09:00:13

NanSue

After reading some comments on the thread, I, like some of the other GN's,
bought Me Before You. I was hooked from the very first page, I couldn't wait to get back to it every night and it was certainly one of those books that stays with you. (I look forward to the film.)The minute I finished I started After you. I did enjoy it, however Me before you won hands down in my opinion. Jo jo Moyes is definitely my new favourite author.
What are you working on now?

I'm actually having a bit of a break - my first in three years. I'm polishing up a script (for my book Paris For One) and waiting to hear on a couple of film projects. But I just moved house in August and have barely been there so I told myself I wouldn't start writing a new book until the new year. Until then I'm basically 80% children and soft furnishings…
Also - Thank you Gransnet for your support - I really appreciate it.

Helen2014 Fri 06-Nov-15 10:31:57

Thank you JoJo for your responses to the questions. I've bought Me Before You to read on a trip and I can hardly wait. I've never looked forward to being stuck on a flight quite so much! Enjoy your break and I will definitely be adding your other books to my reading list.