Review: Still Me: A Novel (Me Before You Trilogy)

From the publisher:

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 find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she discovers who she is and who she was always meant to be—and learns to live boldly in her brave new world.

I forgot how much I loved Louisa Clark. And then I saw this book on a Barnes and Noble bookshelf display and squealed in delight. I hadn’t realized Lou’s story was going to be a trilogy and I was SO PLEASED to pick this title up and dive back into her world.

Lou’s personality is one of my favorite things about her. She’s not perfect, she tries far too hard for people who don’t deserve her, and she has a fierceness to her that is a quiet affair rather than a in-your-face-so-strong heroine.

One thing I love about JoJo Moyes’ books are they simply are not predictable. You get led down a certain path by her narrative and then BOOM – surprise! It’s not what you thought at all. She writes rich characters and puts them on display for you to devour with joy.

Lou’s journey in New York does not disappoint! Her struggles with a long distance relationship are real and I truly appreciated that about this story. No one’s going to stay head-over-heels in love with someone when there’s an ocean between you.

She’s healed over Will’s loss — and the adventures she finds that are inspired by him are amazing. JoJo says she won’t write another Lou book but… but… please? More? I could read a million books with her as the main character. She’s rich and fun and this book was read too quickly because I enjoyed it that much.

I’d rate this book a 5 out of 5. No complaints. The middle of the book had some surprising twists and I loved every moment of it. The ending was satisfying as well!

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Jessica Means View All →

My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.

As a mother of two (a daughter and a son), I’m a self-proclaimed backyard chicken guru and someone who has “foster failed” nearly all the animals currently running the household. Oh, and I maintain a husband in my spare time.

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