Friday, May 11, 2018

My Thoughts: Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Still Me
(Me Before You #3)
by Jojo Moyes
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Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9780399562457
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Own

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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 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. (Goodreads)

Still Me is the third book in the Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes, and I added the book to my TBR the moment I discovered it. Unfortunately it has been sitting on my bookshelf for longer than I care to admit, as I totally meant to read the book back when it was released in January, and I even re-read Me Before You and After You beforehand to refresh my brain before starting the book. But, my overwhelming TBR kept getting in the way, and I kept pushing the book further and further down my TBR. I was determined to finally read the book spring, and I’m thrilled to have finally done so! I really enjoyed this book!

Still Me follows along the same storyline as the previous books. In this story we follow Louisa to New York, where she’s starting a new chapter in her life as an assistant/companion to a millionaire’s new, young wife. I have to admit, I was pretty curious to see Louisa’s reaction to New York, and how she would take living in the big city. (It’s definitely not a place my introverted self could handle, but I love reading other people’s stories of the city.) I enjoyed following her along on her adventures, as, there’s never a dull moment in Louisa’s life, as I’m sure you know if you’ve read any of the previous books. I really enjoyed following her along on her adventures, the ending of the book was perfect for her.

As I said in my thoughts for After You, I enjoyed this book in a completely different way than I did for Me Before You. I know they are all books in the same series, and they have many of the same characters, but I have completely different feelings than Me Before You than I do for After You and Still Me. It’s so weird that I do this, and I guess it could be than one of the main things I loved about the first is missing from the second and third books, or maybe it’s because I had such strong feelings for the first book. I’m not sure. That’s not saying that I didn’t enjoyed the second and third books extremely, because I did, I just feel completely different about them than I did about the first book. It’s super hard to describe, especially since this is basically the only series that I feel this way about. Sigh.

Overall; I really enjoyed Still Me!! It was a great addition to this wonderful series, and I’m thrilled for how things worked out for Louisa. I’m assuming that this is the last story in the series, but I totally wouldn’t mind continuing Louisa’s journey. She’s such a great character, one of my favorites, and I could never get enough of her adventures. If you love a good contemporary story, or if you’ve read Me Before You and After You in the past and enjoyed those, do check out Still Me as well!  If you’ve not yet picked up this series, you totally should!

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