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Louisa Clarke is back and this time she’s taking on New York City. Fresh off of her acceptance of Will’s death, Louisa takes a job in the big apple where she finds herself working with millionaires, taking on an adventure, meeting new people and finding out who Louisa Clarke is. But at the same time, she’s struggling with being away from her family and ambulance Sam. Can Louisa have it all?
“I remembered Agnes’s words: that we who traveled far from home would always have our hearts in two places. I placed my hand on the candlewick bedspread. And, finally, I wept.”
Let me start by saying that I loved Me Before You and After You. When I finished After You, my first thought was — I want more Louisa Clarke. At the time I didn’t know there was more to her story so when I found out you can bet I was really excited. Louisa Clarke is the girl who I wish was my best friend. She’s quirky, she’s kind, she puts others before herself and she’s somewhat of a mess and I love all of that about her. She seems so real.
“Oh, Louisa, you can hang on to your hurt out of some misplaced sense of pride, or you can just let go and relish whatever precious time you have.”
That’s not just it though, I find myself growing with Louisa. Her faults, anxieties and circumstances at 29 aren’t much different than any 29 year old. She works hard, she doesn’t always see a reward for it, but she keeps her chin up and she keeps trying. And while Louisa moves on and becomes her own person, she’s still connected to Will, like all of us when we lose someone close — whether a significant other, parent, friend or grandparents — we keep moving just Louisa but they are always with us.
She doesn’t always have it all together but that’s the beauty of her story. She learns a lot about herself in this one and I found that in a way it was like a book of therapy — her whole story, from Me Before You to this one, teaches you something about yourself and what you can handle.
And this, right below, is the epitome of book quotes:
“I had a choice. I was Louisa Clark from New York or Louisa Clark from Stortfold. Or there might be a whole other Louisa I hadn’t yet met. The key was making sure that anyone you allowed to walk beside you didn’t get to decide which you were, and pin you down like a butterfly in a case. The key was to know that you could always somehow find a way to reinvent yourself again.”
Overall Rating: 5/5