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After You by Jojo Moyes – Review

*Spoiler Warning: This post contains possible spoilers for Me Before You, the first book in this series.

Genre: What happened to Louisa Clark after Me before You.

Synopsis: After Will Traynor’s Death, Louisa must find a way to carry on with her life and live it to the fullest as he would have wanted. But 18 months later, Lou is struggling; working a dead-end job, simply drifting along. Then a nearly fatal accident thrusts new people into her life. A kind paramedic and strong spirited teenager. Hopefully, they are exactly what she needs to start over.

My thoughts:  Sequels are hard and this is no expectation. Good luck to the third book, according to USA Today, Jojo Moyes intends to make this a trilogy.

I thought Me Before You was amazing, It made me weep silly, and I rewatched the movie (and played the soundtrack) more that I’d like to say. So you can imagine my excitement to know what happens next. But After You wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Granted I don’t know exactly what I was expecting.

The thing about Me Before You is that aside from the romance it addresses a very heated topic, ie euthanasia. That despite having all these people trying to convince Will to live, it was not the life he wanted. If you love someone like Louisa loved Will, you have to let them go, and that can make the time together even more epic. I appreciated that ending, it felt genuine.

Similarly, After You attempts to deal with the grief of being left behind, which makes sense and is done impeccably. It’s the other details that I have difficulty accepted. Maybe I’m just being petty, but it felt like a lot was happening at once. Some of which felt a bit unnecessary, to be honest.

With that said, I did enjoy reading it, and I will probably read the next one too. Jojo Moyes is a seasoned author and it shows.

Verdict: If you liked the first book, quench your curiosity about Lou’s Life after Will.

Recommendation: Well, I have referred to Me before You a lot in this review, so that might be a good starting point. Jojo Moyes also have a myriad of other books.

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One. Two. Three…
These numbers can set you free.

Four. Five. Six…
From all the hate and politics.

Seven. Eight. Nine…
I promise everything will be just fine.

And Ten…
You’ve reached the end.

When anxious and stressed,
Breathe and count as far as you need.

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Tolerance

This isn’t love, you know.
You simply tolerate me, as I do you.
But your tolerance runs deep and steady for all my imperfections.
It is enduring and personal,
As though you only have tolerance for me.

To a hopeful heart, this would look like love.
But mine isn’t an optimistic one.
And you tolerate that too.
Your tolerance is unending,
But I suppose I  can tolerate that.

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Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus has been on my to-read list for a while, I’m here to tell you that I’ve finally read it.

Before I carry on, I should warn you that this is more of a spoiler-filled post of my favourite things about the book, rather than a review. So, if you haven’t read the book (and/or intend to read it), best to stop here.

That said, let me begin… Continue reading “Purple Hibiscus”

An Ode to the Bands that Shaped Me

Maybe this is completely cliché and stereotypical that in my early teen years I went through a serious pop punk phase with bands like Fall Out Boy and Simple Plan at the helm. I genuinely loved them because I felt their music, whatever they put into their songs, it was real to me. Part of me want to blame the intense emo lyrics for all my breakdowns during this period, butmy life and I had something to do with it too. The music simply helped me address it.

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“We’re the new face of failure. Prettier and younger but not any better off. Bulletproof loneliness at best, at best” Continue reading “An Ode to the Bands that Shaped Me”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young adult fiction with a touch of rare illness and romance

Synopsis: Madeline Whittier has a rare disease that keeps her locked away in the safety of her sterilised home, with only her mum and nurse, Carla, for company. Madeline was content with her life, living vicariously through her books until a family moves in next door. Olly is the new boy next door, in his all black attire and unpredictable schedule, all of which add to Madeline’s intrigue.  they become friends and vow to be nothing more but the attraction grows. Is she willing to risk it all for love and a chance to feel alive? Continue reading “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”

Spaceman: A Misadventure

A myth tends to be a narrative from so long ago in the past that no one cares if it’s true. This is like a myth but this story is set way in the future that the same indifference is given to its factuality. That may sound confusing but just go with it.

Brent Miller was a man full of unfulfilled potential, which is pretty much the worst sort of potential to have. A father of none, friend to few, and working a loathsome job. Even he wondered the point to his existence, with no convincing answer to date.

Maybe this internal struggle was the reason Brent was ready to take such a big risk, or maybe he was just naïve. We’ll never know. Continue reading “Spaceman: A Misadventure”

What I Want to Read: 2017 Edition

So the new year is upon us, la-dee-dah. And as I am trying to figure out what to do with myself, I keep coming across books that I say I’m going to read. Then I start rearranging the order in my head saying things like “Okay, When I finish this one I’ll read the one I just bought, then I will read the one I got last week, but don’t forget you have to try that other book from your friend.” It goes on and on after that.  Continue reading “What I Want to Read: 2017 Edition”

How I Like to read: E-reader Vs Books

Technology is awesome. I would be a sloth without it, or maybe I am a sloth because of it. Ugh! That’s probably one of those Chicken and Egg paradoxes. However, there are certain things tech can’t get rid of.  For me, that’s physical copies of books. I love me a paperback book. Even hardcovers are pretty good, though I have fewer of those.  Maybe I’m being a retro 90’s kid or maybe it’s just my nerdy self but libraries, book shops, and music stores make me happy.

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