Still Me

Still Me

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark.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 superric...

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Still Me Reviews

  • Ihcene

    WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS??

    MORE LOU? HELL YEAH.

    EDIT:

    So, Hallelujah! I finally finished this book, I've been so busy lately and had so little time left for reading but I did it!

    Do I think we needed a third book? Honestly, no. Am I glad we go a third book? ABSOLUTELY.

    Louisa Clark is a character that will probably stay with you forever, I mean Hell, I still think about Me Before You till this day and I never regret going into this series, I love it! I'm always delighted to know about h

    WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS??

    MORE LOU? HELL YEAH.

    EDIT:

    So, Hallelujah! I finally finished this book, I've been so busy lately and had so little time left for reading but I did it!

    Do I think we needed a third book? Honestly, no. Am I glad we go a third book? ABSOLUTELY.

    Louisa Clark is a character that will probably stay with you forever, I mean Hell, I still think about Me Before You till this day and I never regret going into this series, I love it! I'm always delighted to know about her and her life, it's like going on an adventure to be honest, it's an amazing experience.

    So in this book we learn about the next stage in Louisa's new life, New York. We learn in the second book about her new job as a personal assistant and we get to explore it in this book, so you can imagine how life must be for her, English woman living alone in New York, away from her boyfriend Sam, with no relatives whatsoever except for Nathan who seems to have built a life for himself there so she can't exactly rely on him. The story follows her life there as an immigrant struggling to meet ends for her employer while also trying to cope with the changes in her life following Will's words;

    Following a new series of events Lou finds herself facing other challenges trying to make something out of herself and not just the plain Louisa Clark from Stortfold.

    I loved that part, especially. It was nice seeing her embracing her real identity and staying true to herself. What's even more exciting was seeing Sam stands by her side all this time, I was obsessed with the letters!

    Overall, I think this book was really a nice addition and it makes up for the second book, I was hooked from the start and it gave Lou's story a nice closure and the happy ending she totally DESERVES!

  • Pauline

    I absolutely loved Me Before You and After You so I was delighted to read the first chapter of Still Me. Reading about Louisa is like meeting an old friend. I was hooked from the first sentence and can't wait to read the rest of the book. It was lovely to find out that she is in New York starting a new job and still the same adorable character. Thank you Jojo Moyes for bringing Louisa back to us.

  • Alejandro

    I enjoyed a lot reading this book, since after three novels (counting this one), Louisa Clark, is already a literary character that it’s always a wonderful experience to read about.

    Louisa Clark goes to her next phase in her life, this time leaving her native England to go to work at New York. She has to leave her family, her friends and her boyfriend, Ambulance Sam, only Nathan is with her, since it was him who helped her

    I enjoyed a lot reading this book, since after three novels (counting this one), Louisa Clark, is already a literary character that it’s always a wonderful experience to read about.

    Louisa Clark goes to her next phase in her life, this time leaving her native England to go to work at New York. She has to leave her family, her friends and her boyfriend, Ambulance Sam, only Nathan is with her, since it was him who helped her to get the job as personal assistant of the new wife of a very important and rich man, living at the famous Fifth Avenue, but you will get to know several places around the city that never sleeps, becoming another resident there as well as Lou.

    Jojo’s narrative which turn into the very voice and thoughts of Louisa, take us to New York in a way that you can watch each building, you can feel each street, you can taste each weather.

    Something that I love about Jojo Moyes’ books (at least Louisa Clark’s saga) that you learn empathy (as the chosen quote clearly indicates), since you never has to rush to conclusions about the people that you meet, the same as in the first book and the second one too, characters that maybe get your nerves, you need to be patient, since you never know how relevant an unexpected character can be for the fate of Louisa Clark,…

    …the same as our own lives.

    You have to be true to yourself, don’t look for doing bad things on purpose to others, never look for revenge, keep your soul and heart clean, and don’t look for unnecesary enemies, since life will give you enough unavoidable foes, for “helping” to add others to the list, even since life doesn’t help you giving people “white hats” or “black hats”, life isn't like an old western movie where isn't that hard to know who is good or bad out there.

    There are people that it’s easy to know that can be a valuable friendship for you, but others won’t be so easy to recognize…

    …be cautious, think before talk, and always do what you think is right.

    Lou keeps trying her best to do her tasks in the best possible way, and certainly she will put to test when duty and righteousness, will become one single mess, not making easy to know how to act at certain times.

    Also, Lou will have to be strong about her own personality and the little things that made her like what truly is and don’t betray herself. Only Louisa Clark can be Louisa Clark and the literary world would be a sad place without her. In the same way, only you can be you in our world, so don’t make changes in your very foundation of what makes you, you.

    Moreover, beside to learn about the new life of Lou in New York, you’ll be able to learn about the Clark family and the Traynors too. After three books (counting this one), they’re like part of our own family too, since it has been quite a journey since we meet for the first time to Lou when she was fired from the coffee shop, never imagining all the stuff that she’ll do from then on and all the incredible people that will get into Lou’s life.

    For better or worse, always modeling into unexpected levels the life of our Lou.

    Thank you, Jojo, for giving us once again Lou and being able to walk side-by-side with her for a third time.

  • James

    I enjoyed the first two books in the 'Me Before You' series, then I won the third one,

    , by

    , in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was quite excited and nervous, as I adored the first book but thought the second was just decent/good. I am very glad to say this third one is much closer to the first!

    I read an advance copy of this ~378 page paperback novel in about 5 hours during a two day period. It goes very quickly as the story is quite intriguing

    I enjoyed the first two books in the 'Me Before You' series, then I won the third one,

    , by

    , in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was quite excited and nervous, as I adored the first book but thought the second was just decent/good. I am very glad to say this third one is much closer to the first!

    I read an advance copy of this ~378 page paperback novel in about 5 hours during a two day period. It goes very quickly as the story is quite intriguing -- the writing feels effortlessly natural. It's broken into ~35 chapters, which makes each about ten pages long. The book is told in first person POV with the perspective focused on Louisa. A few chapters have letters, emails or news articles to help push the story forward. It's the third in a series and well-worth the read to spend with the brilliance of the characters and the backdrop.

    Louisa moves to Park Avenue in NYC to help her friend Nathan who looks after an upper class family. She'll be a 'friend' or 'assistant' to Agnes, the younger second-wife of Mr. Gopnik who was mentioned in the second book. There are various other staff in the Gopnik household and apartment building who Louisa interacts with, as well as some new friends she makes in NYC. Lou goes home for Christmas to visit her parents and sister, as well as continues to date Sam, the paramedic, from prior books. The story is about her acclimation to a different kind of life than she had in England, as well as the process to help her figure out who she wants to be. Despite all that's happened to her, she still has more to learn... I love that about this story! There's romance, mystery, secrets, friendships, touristy fun, and decisions to make.

    Jojo Moyes is a phenomenal storyteller. I adore her characters, settings and scenes. I may be partial as I know a lot of the places in the book since it takes place in NYC; however, even when Lou is just wandering around with no real plot, it's brilliant writing. The setting is always described in the perfect amount of detail with just enough for my imagination to fill in the blanks.

    The characters are very real and familiar. I've seen them before in reality and other books, but there's something special about their dialogue and how they relate to one another in this book. I whipped so fast through Still Me, as I just couldn't put it down.... you think 'I'll just spend 30 minutes before bed,' then find yourself 200 pages in and ready for more!

    Lou's journey is a combination of the first two books. It takes the reality from the second book with the emotions from the first book, then smashes them together in a final wrapper on discovering what makes Lou 'still me.'

    I can't say enough good things about this book... I won't spoil the ending, but that may be the only thing that I was a little 'eh' on, in terms of how she ends up relationship-wise. In this book, she struggles with long-distance Sam, meets someone new, and has to figure out what's right for her. Part of me saw a different ending, but this one still worked. Ultimately, I love Lou... she might be one of my favorite literary characters.

    I will definitely pick up another Moyes book... after the three in this series, I know she's an author I will enjoy for many years. I'm grateful to the friend who introduced me to this series. :)

  • Matthew

    I am a Louisa Clark fan!

    I have enjoyed all three books in this series and I wish Louisa was a personal friend of mine. Following her ups and downs and all the things she learns along the way is a real treat. Each book she brings something along from the previous book(s), but each book also stands on its own.

    I will say that I think I enjoyed this one more than

    . Something about the story made it feel more like a direct sequel to

    . Not that I was hoping it would be or that be

    I am a Louisa Clark fan!

    I have enjoyed all three books in this series and I wish Louisa was a personal friend of mine. Following her ups and downs and all the things she learns along the way is a real treat. Each book she brings something along from the previous book(s), but each book also stands on its own.

    I will say that I think I enjoyed this one more than

    . Something about the story made it feel more like a direct sequel to

    . Not that I was hoping it would be or that being like the first makes it better. It was just nice to return to a story that felt like what I remembered from the first.

    For sequels, the question is often asked "do I need to read the previous books?" I think that this one offers enough background from the earlier books and doesn't lean too much on their content so that you could read this without the others if you really wanted to. But, I think that it is worth giving the whole series a go.

    If you are into slightly cheesy tear jerkers that warm your soul and tug the heart strings, acquaint yourself with Louisa Clark - I gaurantee you won't regret it!

  • Larry H

    Few people can leave me emotionally jumbled quite like Jojo Moyes can. The first book of hers I read,

    , literally had me ugly crying, and I'll admit a healthy sob or two while reading its sequel,

    . Even one of Moyes' standalone books,

    , left me puffy-eyed.

    Now Louisa Clark returns in a third book,

    . While not as sob-inducing as the first two, Moyes still knows how to play my feelings like a piano, and it was wonderful to be back with t

    Few people can leave me emotionally jumbled quite like Jojo Moyes can. The first book of hers I read,

    , literally had me ugly crying, and I'll admit a healthy sob or two while reading its sequel,

    . Even one of Moyes' standalone books,

    , left me puffy-eyed.

    Now Louisa Clark returns in a third book,

    . While not as sob-inducing as the first two, Moyes still knows how to play my feelings like a piano, and it was wonderful to be back with these characters I've come to "know" over the last few years.

    Lou once promised someone special to her that she'd live boldly. But after rebuilding her life following crushing grief, she's finally gotten the courage to do just that, accepting a job working for an ultra-rich family in New York City. She leaves her family and her boyfriend behind and heads to America, ready to say yes to everything life has to offer her.

    "You're going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone."

    Working as the assistant to Agnes Gopnik, the much-younger second wife of a tremendously wealthy financier and philanthropist, Louisa gets to see first-hand that you can have everything you've dreamed of and yet still be crushingly unhappy. Agnes loathes being on public display, judged by the gossipy, vindictive friends of her husband's first wife, yet she is forced to travel in the same social circles. She knows her stepdaughter hates her, knows their housekeeper likes nothing more than to torment her. Yet she finds a kindred spirit in Louisa, in that they're both struggling to be present in two very different worlds.

    "You always have one foot in two places. You can never be truly happy because, from the moment you leave, you are two selves, and wherever you are one half of you is always calling to the other. This is our price, Louisa. This is the cost of who we are."

    It isn't easy juggling her responsibilities with thinking about her boyfriend and her family back home, all of whom seem to have made great strides in their lives since she's been gone. Louisa likes being in the middle of fancy New York society but sees how it could feel so lonely, and sometimes is torn between the glitz and glamour, and the more comforting security she feels at an endangered library in Washington Heights, or a vintage clothing store which helps feed her unique fashion sense.

    When Louisa finds herself in an untenable position because of secrets that have been shared with her, she is unsure where to turn, a situation not helped by her anxieties over her foundering relationship with her boyfriend at home. It takes meeting two people—an elderly woman who knows all about doing it your own way no matter the cost, and a wealthy young man who reminds her of someone she misses dearly—to show her the choices she needs to make, and the importance of remaining true to who you are.<

    "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."

    was really enjoyable and definitely poignant in places. It's a powerful meditation on being true to yourself, no matter how many people want you to do otherwise, and the struggles doing so may cause. It's also a story about the importance of saying what you think, of expressing how you feel (which these characters were definitely not good at), or else what occurs around you might not be what you wanted.

    There aren't a lot of surprises in this book—there were many times when something happened and I thought to myself, "Ah, so this will happen at some point," and I wasn't ever wrong. But that didn't bother me as much as it might with other books, because these characters are so engaging, and Moyes' storytelling just draws you in and feels comfortable and familiar. You could read this book without reading the first two, but you have no idea what you're missing, particularly with

    .

    didn't quite blow me away, but I devoured the book anyway. Louisa is just one of those characters you root for even as she's making missteps, and it's so good to spend more time with her and her family again. This is a series that keeps on giving—the feels, that is.

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  • Melissa

    Two books post game-changer and I have to wonder, would

    follow-up to

    be impressive enough to rival the thought-provoking circumstances or raw emotion Louisa and Will's story evoked from the masses? At this point, I think not. The takeaway here—some things should be left to stand on their own.

    Why

    felt compelled to take a story as emotionally charged as

    and drag it out to a trilogy, I’ll never understand. Was it a burning desire on her part to

    Two books post game-changer and I have to wonder, would

    follow-up to

    be impressive enough to rival the thought-provoking circumstances or raw emotion Louisa and Will's story evoked from the masses? At this point, I think not. The takeaway here—some things should be left to stand on their own.

    Why

    felt compelled to take a story as emotionally charged as

    and drag it out to a trilogy, I’ll never understand. Was it a burning desire on her part to continue Louisa’s story that led to

    (book 2) or more of an opportunity to exploit the success of

    ? Is it possible

    (book 3) was viewed as a chance to right all of the squandered opportunities we suffered through in

    or again, more of a sales play? Either way, I won’t deny, this third installment was a much more enjoyable read than the prior. Although, arguably,

    .

    Regardless of the fact that

    is a book I’ve recommended more than any other, I hesitated to commit to

    and for good reason. Within the 370 pages of

    ,

    created a scenario that worked against it’s predecessor, tainting the memory of one of the most pivotal and adored characters. The crutch she rested on felt cheap, overused and left me second-guessing my feelings for the original story. Let me tell you, that’s a wretched place to be. Not to mention, Lou’s storyline failed to advance enough to even justify the sequel, making

    feel like little more than a throwaway.

    Third

    book is a charm? Well, sort of.

    is more in line with what I initially envisioned for a continuation of Lou's story, but

    . With this final installment (

    ),

    captures that version of Lou readers initially fell for—the quirky clothes horse who stood out in a crowd for simply being

    —and delivers a journey of self discovery.

    This story lacks a bit in the emotional depth department, specifically with regards to the relationships and people Lou surrounds herself with, but it was entertaining enough to keep me engaged. What I didn't like: a few of the storylines felt unresolved (Agnes), quite a few characters felt inconsistent (Josh, Sam and Mrs. De Witt) and the messages along the way were a bit muddled.

    If you're even remotely considering this one, I would say, go for it. Even if for nothing other than the times Lou reminisces about Will. The snippets of Will throughout—letters written to his mother from his own time in New York and his anecdotes about life that pop up when Lou needs them most—acted as a salve of sorts, healing some of my past disappointments and reigniting those feelings I experienced with their unforgettable beginning.

    Regardless of the fact that this go round with Lou was a much more positive experience than the last, I feel strongly that

    should be the final goodbye to the eccentric

    New Yorker. Let's just hope

    and her publisher agree.

  • Debra

    "I think at some point, dear, you're going to have to work out who Louisa Clark is."

    I don't think there needed to be a trilogy. I really don't. Let me start by saying I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Me Before you. It literally blew me away. I read it twice and have seen the movie three times. I think it is Moyes Swan song. It doesn't get any better than that - which is why the two books which followed could not live up to their predecessor.

    In this book we see our much-loved Louisa Clarke moving to New Yor

    "I think at some point, dear, you're going to have to work out who Louisa Clark is."

    I don't think there needed to be a trilogy. I really don't. Let me start by saying I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Me Before you. It literally blew me away. I read it twice and have seen the movie three times. I think it is Moyes Swan song. It doesn't get any better than that - which is why the two books which followed could not live up to their predecessor.

    In this book we see our much-loved Louisa Clarke moving to New York City to be the "assistant" to a wealthy young socialite. A socialite who is not much liked by others in her social circles as her husband was once married to their friend. A friend he divorced to marry his much younger massage therapist. Before she is even over her jet lag, Louisa is running in central park, shopping and attending fancy social events. She is thrown into a glamorous life one that is much different from the life she lived in England with her paramedic boyfriend, Sam.

    While out and about she meets a man named Josh Ryan who bears a striking resemblance to someone from her past. They form a friendship while Louisa pines for Sam and throws herself into the NYC high society social circle. Louisa continues to be quirky and finds herself in various situations both comedic and sad. There will be misunderstandings, new friends, broken hearts, miscommunication, deceit and mayhem.

    In this book, Louisa takes Will's advice from Me Before you: “You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” She does take chances and tries to be her own person but sadly, it didn't really pay off for me in this book. It was a solid 3-star book for me. I hoped it would be better. I can't fault he writing, the writing is good but the story lagged in places for me. Again, I think she should have left well enough alone. Good not great.

    Thank you to Penguin Group Viking and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    .

  • Stephanie

    Do we really need this series to continue? Whatever, I'll still read it.

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