Sunday, 18 February 2018

Still Me

Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Women's Fiction
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Series: #3 in the Me Before You series
Source: Local Public Library
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
First Published: January 30, 2018
First Line: "It was the moustache that reminded me I was no longer in England: a solid grey millipede firmly obscuring the man's upper lip; a Village People moustache, a cowboy moustache, the miniature head of a broom that meant business."

Book Description from GoodReads: 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 Rating: 4 stars

My Review: Still Me is the third book in the highly popular Me Before You series which I quite enjoyed. Me Before You was a quirky yet touching read that had me giggling in some scenes but reduced me to a blithering, sob-filled mess in others. It was awesome! After You still managed to get me to eek out a tear or two as I saw Lou struggle after great loss and was a better than average follow-up.

In Still Me, the focus isn't on loss (or a high Kleenex count) but on how Lou finds out who she is as she gains confidence, figures out what she wants and where she fits in the world. Years before Lou had promised someone important to her that she'd live life to the fullest - try new things and experience the world. So, she moves to New York City to take a job as a personal assistant to a young woman from the upper echelon of NYC society. Louisa quickly finds juggling her professional life (NYC high society as 'the help') and her personal life in two different countries a struggle. But with her plucky determination, big heart and quirky sense of style (and bumblebee tights!), she learns what she wants out of life as she stands on her own two feet for the first time.

While this was an enjoyable read it was predictable as events fall into place exactly how you think they will. But it was nice getting back into Lou's world and seeing her gain independence, confidence and love as she fulfills her promise to the person who helped her kick start this new life.

Still Me is an engaging read, especially for people who have followed Louisa's ups and downs through the past two books. While this book could be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the books in order to get a clear idea of Lou's struggles and her bond with the person that has so greatly influenced her life.

My Reviews of the previous books in this series:
Me Before You
After You

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