I’ve been a big fan of author Jojo Moyes ever since stumbling across Me Before You years ago. This was before the movie and before a lot of the huge hype. Me Before You first introduces the loveable Louisa Clark, wearer of quirky vintage clothes and bumblebee yellow and black striped stockings. In this first book she becomes a carer to Will Traynor, a complicated man not coping very well with life as a quadriplegic and they both change each other’s lives. If you haven’t read this first book, definitely give it a go. I don’t want to give anything away if you haven’t read it.
I loved Me Before You, even though it smashed my heart to pieces, and was quite happy for it to be a stand-alone book. But then Jojo Moyes released a sequel called After You. Although I devoured this book it didn’t have quite the same feel as book one. Louisa was far from the happy, positive young woman and with a major character missing in this book, it was a bit of an adjustment. But I liked it well enough in the end.
Which brings me to the newly released third book in the series, Still Me. I rushed out to get this because I love Jojo Moyes writing, but after book two I approached this with some trepidation. I can happily report that this book was a terrific read and the perfect conclusion to the series. The sad, messed-up Louisa from book two is back to her happy-go-lucky self in this book as she arrives in the Upper East Side of New York to work as an assistant to Agnes Gopnik, the younger, Polish second wife of a super wealthy businessman.
New York is one of the main characters in this story and reading this book made me want to jump on a plane and go there. There’s also a cast of interesting characters–from the ultra rich couple she works for, Mr and Mrs Gopnik, to her curmudgeonly neighbour Mrs De Witt and her pug Dean Martin, her Aussie pal Nathan, Ilaria the housekeeper and Ashok the doorman. Louisa’s English family make an appearance as well. And if you read book two, Sam the hot paramedic is back too. There’s also a new potential love interest hanging around who may cause problems.
Still Me sees Louisa manage to get into all sorts of trouble as she navigates life working for the super rich and experiences the perils of a long distance relationship. Anyone who has ever lived far from home will identify with the excitement of learning to stand on your own feet in a new place and the bittersweet feelings that come with being so far away from home and loved ones.
The only criticism I have with this book is that when I got to the end, I wanted more! Finally Louisa has come into her own and I wanted to see more of this new transformation. Maybe there should be a fourth book – Still, Still Me.
Verdict: I don’t give starred reviews on this blog, but do on goodreads. I gave this 5 stars.
Let me know in the comments if you have read this book or any other books in the series.