Still Me by Jojo Moyes

The cute and quirky Louisa Clark is back in Still Me, the third book in the Me Before You series. Lou’s learning how

 to be true to who you are. And how not to Facebook stalk! Hopefully this isn’t the last we will see of Louisa Clark, though it is a lovely conclusion to the series if so.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.

MY THOUGHTS…

I didn’t like the last one so much so was a little unmotivated going into Still Me. But, while it took me a while to pick up I’m super glad I did as I loved Lou’s evolution in this book!

Lou’s now in her 30’s and is growing up and figuring herself out a little more. While After You was dealing with her grief and depression, Still Me is about Lou moving on and embracing her own style and faults. The setting is different and interesting being in New York where each character is moving forward, though we do get a bit of the usual romantic comedy blah.

There is still lots of Louisa’s quirky style and nonperfect manner. She is still the flawed and occasionally awkward character, though impossible not to like! We’ve seen Lou through her high’s and low’s over the series and now we get to see her figuring out who she truly is and what she wants. It’s refreshing to see her on a path to moving past and embracing her grief and realising she must stay true to who she is.

There is still such a big sense of family in Still Me and I loved that they were still a large part of the story. Lou is still relying on the relationships between her and her family and it is their subplots that makes Still Me so relatable.

Certainly Jojo Moyes could comfortably return to Lou’s next adventure, however, it could also be a very nice end for such a charming character.

And the bumblebee tights still play a part!

VERDICT
Three Pegs
READ IF
You’ve read Me Before You (or seen the movie at least) it is well worth finishing the series.
If you liked this review try Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

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