Have readers ever seen a squirrel running in a wheel? The mechanism, remaining motionless, does not cause any interest in anyone. But once the squirrel starts to move, the wheel begins to spin, and with each revolution, more and more intrigue develops. Spinning the wheel faster and faster, the runner has fun herself and at the same time gives pleasure to those who watch her. Approximately on this principle, the narrative in the new book by Jojo Moyes “After You” is built. Reader reviews say there is nothing wrong with that. But nevertheless, as they assure, such a writing style is tiring over time. Like running squirrels in a wheel.
"After you" Jojo Moyes: reviews
The novel, released in the spring of 2015, interested many. By and large, readers were mostly worried about the question: why? Why was the book “After You” by Jojo Moyes written? Reader reviews (very many) contain a statement that one could do without it. And even more than that. Many find it unnecessary to write “After You” by Jojo Moyes. Reviews of the novel claim that the book, which was a continuation of the work that many loved by many, “See You,” not only disappointed in itself, but also introduced a certain negative point in the perception of the first work.
After You, by Jojo Moyes: reviews of the novel, writer biography
Network users, who at first ranked themselves as fans of the writer's work, began to speculate: why did this book arise if the first one contains, in their opinion, a completely finished story that does not require continuation?
Many readers have condemned the release of Jojo Moyes' After You. Customer reviews suggest that the writer simply wanted to earn extra money by writing a mediocre sequel to the rather successful first book. She sacrificed art for profit. So characterize the author of the novel "After You", Jojo Moyes, reviews.
The perplexity of the readers and the desire to understand the motives that prompted the writer to create an unnecessary and unsuccessful continuation of her beloved book “See You”, stimulated interest in the personality and life of the author of both works.
Who is she?
The readers themselves answer this question. The work of Moyes before the release of the last book was a definite success in the circles of connoisseurs of the women's novel. About the life of the author of "After You" Jojo Moyes reviews tell the following.
The future English writer and journalist was born in 1969 in London. Her childhood and youth passed here. Jojo had a chance to try many professions before she chose a career as a writer: she drove a taxi, typed Braille, wrote travel brochures, and studied at a university college in London. Since 1992, Moyes has been engaged in journalism - writes for English leading newspapers. In 2002, her first book Sheltering Rain, based on the love stories of her own grandparents, was released. The success of the book inspired the author to leave journalism and devote himself entirely to the career of a writer. Nevertheless, she occasionally returns to reporter work: she leads columns in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and other publications. The writer lives with her family on her own farm in Essex.
The author of the book “After You” Jojo Moyes (reviews inform everyone who wants to know as much as possible about the writer) created eleven works:
• “See You” is a novel conceived as a series.
• "After you" was conceived as a continuation of it.
Outside of the series were created:
• “Night music”;
• "Silver Bay";
• "Villa" Arcadia ";
• “Happy steps in the rain”;
• “Dancing with horses”, etc.
The last novel by Jojo Moyes is After You. Reviews about him, as already mentioned, are very mixed.
What is the novel about?
God forbid the readers to experience what, by the will of the author, had the opportunity to experience the heroine of Jojo Moyes' After You. Reviews of the book abound in confessions of the most sensitive readers that the story of the girl touched them to tears.
Is it worth living after you lose a loved one? Lou Clark is not just a girl living her usual, unremarkable life. She was forever changed by the six months spent with Will Trainor. After the death of her beloved, due to circumstances, Lou had to return home to her family. And here she has to spend a lot of effort to overcome her grief, which turned out to be so huge that filled her whole soul. The bodily wounds were healed (an accident happened to the girl), but her soul continues to suffer and demand healing. In his search, she comes to a group of psychological support, with whose members she shares joys and sorrows. Here she meets the doctor Sam Fielding, a man who knows everything about life and death. Sam becomes a person who can truly understand the heroine. But will she find the strength in herself for a new relationship?
For those who have not read the novel “After You” by Jojo Moyes, the reviews and description of the book will help you navigate the ups and downs of the plot.
The new work takes place two years after the events that became the content of the first book. Lou (our heroine) is alone again. After Will's death, she feels completely miserable and lost. Acute experiences are gradually fading into the background, giving way to everyday problems. Lou finds a new job. She again serves as a waitress. The heroine never received her education, so far she has no opportunity to change her profession. Lou is so lost in his own experiences that he is not able to protect himself from an accident. She falls from the roof, suddenly shouted out of the pool of gloomy thoughts that captured her. With multiple fractures, Lou gets to the hospital, where he undergoes several operations. For a while, the girl seems to fall into the place of her deceased lover. She fears becoming a disabled person. But the efforts of doctors prevent the worst outcome.
Despite the fact that the majority of those who read “After You” by Jojo Moyes, the reviews about the female romance were mostly negative (the book disappointed the readers who expected the beloved author to have the same artistic level as the first novel “See You”), nevertheless the work made readers think about many serious things and draw important conclusions. Together with the main character, the readers realized that fate gives a chance for happiness more than once. You should not be “stuck” in the past and deprive yourself of the opportunity to become happy again.
She was not going to create a continuation of the book “See You”, as Jojo Moyes admitted to reporters. But work began on the screenplay and, in addition, a lot of letters arrived in which readers asked how the further life of the main character happened. All this did not allow the author to forget about the favorite heroes. I wanted to meet them again and go through new trials together.
"Not a point, but ellipsis, and too twisted plot ..."
Why did the author decide to continue the finished story? This is often asked by readers of the novel "After You," Jojo Moyes. The reviews of the book of netizens contain the belief that with this continuation the author spoiled the perception of the first book, where a very moving, tragic story was really described. Readers believed that in its finale a convincing point was set, according to the logic of the development of events and characters. It turned out that it was just an ellipsis ...
Often, authors of reviews consider, the continuation of a story loses before its beginning. “After you” is just such an option.
Many consider the plot of the novel to be too “wound up”: Will’s daughter materializes out of thin air, the heroine’s relations with the family are far-fetched, and there are other piles of events that do not bother him at all, they just go on telling themselves and going on.
According to one of the readers of the novel, a piercing story degraded into a cheap little romance, with a tormented search for "that I don’t know what."
"Boring, a lot of superfluous ..."
“It's boring in places,” write Jojo Moyes, readers of the novel After You. Reviews and reviews of female literature lovers who read the novel contain, in addition to conveying personal impressions, an interesting analysis of the plot, characters and style features of the work.
Readers note that at the beginning of the book there is too much pain, the heroine is broken, broken. She has absolutely no power to rebuild life. Louise drove herself into the world of four walls and refuses to wonder what is happening around her ... Further, the narrative flows smoothly and boringly, the heroine’s campaigns in the support group are especially annoying. The text abounds with boring dialogs. Readers agree that these people need to share their distress and pain, but it’s rather difficult to penetrate, so these dialogs and conversations are simply read “diagonally.”
The more you read the novel, the more annoying the phrases are: “What would Will do? What would he do?” The heroine is too fixated on this.
Sam's character, according to the authors of the reviews, remained undisclosed, against the background of the memory of Will, he seemed to be lost. Only in the finals did Sam become a significant figure. The novel lacks emotions, intrigue, acuity in the plot and directly in the fate of the new hero. Readers also do not like the ending: everything is messy, a lot of excesses, it seems everyone is happy, and Sam - as if on the sidelines.
After reading the book "there remains a bright sadness ..."
The novel "After You", readers say, is very losing to its predecessor - "See you." There are no colors, emotions. The work does not leave a vivid impression, does not make you think for a long time after reading about the fate of the heroes. The book evokes very different emotions. After reading the novel I don’t feel like crying at all , “there remains a bright sadness ...” Many complain that the work is slightly stretched.
"Sometimes a novel is perplexing ..."
Unlike the first novel, this book sometimes causes anger due to stupid actions of heroes - readers share this in their reviews. And sometimes something in the plot is puzzling. In their opinion, the book has a clear resemblance to a mediocre Latin American series.
In the novel, nothing was left of the bright and cheerful Lou. The reviewers regret this. Apparently, everything that Will taught her was lost in vain, they say. In the new novel, the heroine is some gray, unremarkable. It seems that her age is not 28 years old, but all 60. But some readers cannot be sure of blaming her. The situation in which she found herself is too complicated. And it can not be considered implausible that she has been mourning for Will for such a long time. Who knows how others would have acted in her place. Having hardly found a person who understands her, she almost immediately loses it. It’s bad that she doesn’t try to move on at all, constantly pity herself, scrolls past events in her head, misses Will, who cannot be returned, does not want to change anything.
The reviewers agree with what Trina (her sister) said about her: “It’s easier for you to hold on to your dumb work and constantly whine. You’re easier to think that nothing depends on you.” Most of all, readers are dissatisfied with the "spinelessness" of the main character, that she constantly indulges everyone and forgives everything.
"Jojo always has a hidden connotation .."
According to readers, the events in the novel are developing for a reason - they necessarily conceal a hidden subtext, which is sometimes revealed after a hundred, or even more, pages. Why is it impossible to immediately draw a parallel between the fateful cry, after which Lou fell off the roof in surprise and the appearance of a new heroine from nowhere? This question is contained in some reviews. Why flood the novel with a description of things because of which the heroes cannot find a place for themselves and which are really sheer nonsense? For example, the mother of the main character does not shave her legs in principle, and because of this, a real war drags on in the family. In the novel, Lou’s parents with their pseudo-problems are very funny, as many who read the book say. For some reason, the writer needed to squeeze the mother's feminist beliefs into the novel, once again distracting readers from the main thing. The constant expectation of hidden overtones ultimately tires ...
“Life is a series of sufferings and failures ...”
According to network users, the author leads her heroine through invented life stages, each of which is some kind of failure, misfortune or suffering. Step by step, they and the heroine move along this abyss of grief, not allowing the reader to come to their senses - slowly, faithfully and steadily, but nevertheless towards a happy ending. Probably, in this way the writer tries to brighten up the boredom of gray everyday life, making her experience the bitter fate of the heroes.
It seems that in all of England there is nothing good left that would inspire optimism and bright hopes, the authors of the reviews say. Some degeneration in the country turns out and complete degradation - the readers were literally redeemed in a sea of suffering, and this is surprising.
Many also noticed that nothing happens in the novel simply. You can’t just go to a relative and establish a relationship with him. Be sure to contact some intermediary. How else? What without this intrigue?
And if the reader expects that all these adventures will be finally completed and the author will put the final point, he is deeply mistaken. The wheel of events depicted in the novel stops only for a while, the author and the heroine take a break, and then the squirrel (remember the metaphor at the beginning of the article?) Will run again.
“There is no need to regret anything ...”
To some readers, the finale of the novel seemed open. Others argue, believing that so for any book you can write an endless continuation. The real ending is not necessarily the one where the characters get married, achieve something specific. At the end of the novel, the author shows that Louise finds peace, strength and hope.
The story described in the book, according to network users, makes you think that you must go further, enjoy life. By this you do not betray the memory of a departed loved one. And most importantly, do not regret anything.
This is the opinion of the readers. Whatever impressions may remain after meeting with the novel, the authors of the reviews are unanimous in one thing - they do not regret reading it.