Still Me – Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: January 2018
Synopsis: 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 super rich, 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.
Review: Oh this book, like its two predecessors, gave me all of the feels. I was going to wait a bit to read this, but my life is in such a slump right now that I needed something redeeming and happy to read. I had hoped Still Me would deliver and I was not wrong at all. I laughed and cried throughout the entire book and I stayed in bed most of a Sunday morning to finish the last half. That’s been unheard of around my house here lately. I now have the worst of book hangovers.
I loved Me Before You. I was so so on After You; I didn’t feel the same spark as Me Before You but still enjoyed it. Still Me has rekindled the flame I had for book one. I couldn’t put it down and I kept falling in love over and over with Lou and her chaotic adventures in New York City. Our Lou is as madcap as ever in this one!
Like Lou, I fell in love with New York when I was there for a long weekend over a year ago now. There was something about it that leaves me aching to go back. I can’t put my finger on what it was exactly, but New York just hooks its claws inside of you and refuses to let go. Moyes’s New York was well drawn and, having stayed in a flat near Central Park myself, I can almost picture the Lavery and its rich, eccentric inhabitants.
Moyes, as ever, does an amazing job with not just character development but with minor characters too. People like Ashok and his wife and the girls running the vintage clothes shop were so vivid and so well done without a lot of description or a ton of page time. Their personalities shined through and I almost felt as if I knew them. And I couldn’t help but be totally in love with Dean Martin (ha ha) by the end!
This conclusion to Lou’s story was perfect, not to mention downright cinematic. I haven’t seen Me Before You yet (I don’t think I need the ugly tears right now) but I genuinely hope they turn Still Me into a film. The setting, people and moments would translate so well for the screen.
I know Moyes isn’t planning for anymore novels about Lou, but even so I’m excited to see what she comes out with next.