Series: Me Before You, #3
Author: Jojo Moyes
Narrator: Anna Acton
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. 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?
I read Me Before You when it was released. It was the first book I read that made me question some of my beliefs. It really hit me hard, and I was so excited to hear the series would continue with After You. After You was…well, it was a rough read. It was full or mourning and devastation. It was uncomfortable and nothing like Me Before You. I didn’t feel inspired after reading it, BUT (and that’s a big but) the end left me curious. It left me believing there was more in store for Louisa Clark. That brings me to Still Me.
Still Me was a pleasant surprise. Louisa was back to that original Louisa from Me Before You. She’s got her groove back — even if it is still an awkward, fumbling sort of groove. Louisa’s in a new country with new employers trying to figure out where she fits in. She’s trying to keep her relationship with Sam going from a distance while meeting new people and forming new bonds. I loved the Louisa in Still Me. I loved how she approached her new life. She made me a little crazy at times, but I understood each decision she made. Her journey in Still Me was very special.
My favorite thing about this book was that Louisa’s story went full circle. It felt she finally hit her stride and got to be the person she was meant to be. Her life might have been a rollercoaster from the very beginning, but it was one that ended with my smile when I closed the book. Jojo Moyes did right by Louisa and I felt so happy to have experienced all of her ups and downs in Still Me and the entire Me Before You series.