Title: Still Me
Author: JoJo Moyes
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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 was so excited about reading the third novel about lovely Louisa Clark, following on from Me Before You and After You [read my review here]. Because there obviously isn’t the EMOTIONAL DRAINAGE of Me Before You (which I absolutely bawled at), I knew that this would be less emotionally charged – the second novel was really enjoyable but definitely less of a crier than the first, and this one felt like another marked change as Louisa moves to New York!
The story still has its ups and downs, with relationship problems and other issues making life tricky for Louisa, but there’s definitely a lighter feel to the story. I enjoyed reading about her experience in the Big Apple and, having never been there myself, it made me want to go even more! Louisa is trying to find herself, as Will wanted her to, and following in Will’s footsteps, as he once moved to New York too. There’s poignant moments and funny moments, and some strange sitations for Louisa to deal with too.
I felt like this was an easy, entertaining read. It perhaps didn’t have that spark that the other two, especially Me Before You, had – it felt more like a light-hearted, fun read (though there were some sad moments which I definitely felt myself feeling emotional at) and it was a very enjoyable read, but perhaps not as amazing as I’d expected it to be, partly just because some elements of the story were a little predictable.
I still hugely enjoyed reading it though, and it’s a nice end to this brilliant series. Louisa’s character, although (or perhaps because) rather silly at times, will always be someone I’ll happily read more about! I just still miss Will!