Synopsis Still Me:
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?
Review Still Me:
Jojo Moyes is without a doubt one of the leading ladies when it comes to writing feel good novels. She has written over 15 different books, won many prices and became a semi-celebrity when Me Before You was adapted to the big screen. Still Me is the third part in the Me Before you series and starts where After You ended. Louisa Clark is ready for her big New York City adventure.
“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.”
According to Moyes Me Before You was never intended to become a series. She just wanted to tell a story about a young woman falling in love with a disabled men. And I actually thought that you could feel that throughout After You. That book really suffered from second book syndrome and just felt like a filler up. So I was a bit worried going in to Still Me. Would it add something to the series? Or would it take away some of my enjoyment? Because that is was After you succeeded to do. I disliked it so much that I couldn’t think about the series with the love I felt at first. And boy, was I completely in love with Me Before you.
“Know first who you are and then adore yourself accordingly.”
But I shouldn’t have been worried, because it is clear that Jojo has found her mojo back. Still Me won’t leave you crying on the floor with a heart that is shattered to pieces. But it will make you laugh, cry and be angry at different points in the story. It was lovely to see all the characters again. Like meeting up with old friends for a nice cup of tea.
“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.”
In Still Me the main story is centered around getting to know yourself and standing up for your believes. Becoming who you were always meant to be, without worrying about what other people might think of you. And it is also about learning how to communicate those exact feelings. A wise lesson many of the characters in this series learn throughout the book.
And Louisa is back to being her old self. Funny, quirky, eccentric, selfless and optimistic. But this time we see a slightly different version of her. A version that gets pretty angry. A version that battles with jealousy. I absolutely loved this extra layer to her character. She became more real to me. I counted her among my favorite characters in contemporary before, but now I am sure that in real life I would love to have her as a friend.
“Reader, I did the stupid thing. I looked her up on Facebook. It didn’t take more than forty minutes to filter this Katie Ingram from the other hundred or so.
You shouldn’t read Still Me for the incredible plot twist. It doesn’t have any and from the start it is pretty clear how the whole story is going to unfold. But that really doesn’t matter. You will get sucked into the story nonetheless and you will get all the feels. Still Me might be kind of predictable, but it is also highly enjoyable. It’s the kind of predictable that is reassuring and familiar. The kind of predictable that you sometimes crave after a rough day at work.
I absolutely adored Still Me and I am so happy that I gave this book another chance! Ideal for fans of the series, but also for people who didn’t quite like After You. Give this book another chance, I am quite sure it will change your mind completely.