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Still Me by Jojo Moyes

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WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS??
MORE LOU? HELL YEAH.

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So, Hallelujah! I finally finished this book, I’ve been so busy lately and had so little time left for reading but I did it!

Do I think we needed a third book? Honestly, no. Am I glad we go a third book? ABSOLUTELY.

Louisa Clark is a character that will probably stay with you forever, I mean Hell, I still think about Me Before You till this day and I never regret going into this series, I love it! I’m always delighted to know about her and her life, it’s like going on an adventure to be honest, it’s an amazing experience.

So in this book we learn about the next stage in Louisa’s new life, New York. We learn in the second book about her new job as a personal assistant and we get to explore it in this book, so you can imagine how life must be for her, English woman living alone in New York, away from her boyfriend Sam, with no relatives whatsoever except for Nathan who seems to have built a life for himself there so she can’t exactly rely on him. The story follows her life there as an immigrant struggling to meet ends for her employer while also trying to cope with the changes in her life following Will’s words;

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone.”

Following a new series of events Lou finds herself facing other challenges trying to make something out of herself and not just the plain Louisa Clark from Stortfold.

“I think at some point, dear, you’re going to have to work out who Louisa Clark really is.”

I loved that part, especially. It was nice seeing her embracing her real identity and staying true to herself. What’s even more exciting was seeing Sam stands by her side all this time, I was obsessed with the letters!

Overall, I think this book was really a nice addition and it makes up for the second book, I was hooked from the start and it gave Lou’s story a nice closure and the happy ending she totally DESERVES!

Hello again, Louisa Clark!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Books teach you empathy.

I enjoyed a lot reading this book, since after three novels (counting this one), Louisa Clark, is already a literary character that it’s always a wonderful experience to read about.

Louisa Clark goes to her next phase in her life, this time leaving her native England to go to work at New York. She has to leave her family, her friends and her boyfriend, Ambulance Sam, only Nathan is with her, since it was him who helped her to get the job as personal assistant of the new wife of a very important and rich man, living at the famous Fifth Avenue, but you will get to know several places around the city that never sleeps, becoming another resident there as well as Lou.

Jojo’s narrative which turn into the very voice and thoughts of Louisa, take us to New York in a way that you can watch each building, you can feel each street, you can taste each weather.

Something that I love about Jojo Moyes’ books (at least Louisa Clark’s saga) that you learn empathy (as the chosen quote clearly indicates), since you never has to rush to conclusions about the people that you meet, the same as in the first book and the second one too, characters that maybe get your nerves, you need to be patient, since you never know how relevant an unexpected character can be for the fate of Louisa Clark,…

…the same as our own lives.

You have to be true to yourself, don’t look for doing bad things on purpose to others, never look for revenge, keep your soul and heart clean, and don’t look for unnecesary enemies, since life will give you enough unavoidable foes, for “helping” to add others to the list, even since life doesn’t help you giving people “white hats” or “black hats”, life isn’t like an old western movie where isn’t that hard to know who is good or bad out there.

There are people that it’s easy to know that can be a valuable friendship for you, but others won’t be so easy to recognize…

…be cautious, think before talk, and always do what you think is right.

There’s always something.

Lou keeps trying her best to do her tasks in the best possible way, and certainly she will put to test when duty and righteousness, will become one single mess, not making easy to know how to act at certain times.

Also, Lou will have to be strong about her own personality and the little things that made her like what truly is and don’t betray herself. Only Louisa Clark can be Louisa Clark and the literary world would be a sad place without her. In the same way, only you can be you in our world, so don’t make changes in your very foundation of what makes you, you.

Moreover, beside to learn about the new life of Lou in New York, you’ll be able to learn about the Clark family and the Traynors too. After three books (counting this one), they’re like part of our own family too, since it has been quite a journey since we meet for the first time to Lou when she was fired from the coffee shop, never imagining all the stuff that she’ll do from then on and all the incredible people that will get into Lou’s life.

For better or worse, always modeling into unexpected levels the life of our Lou.

Your life – it’s never quite, is it, love?

Thank you, Jojo, for giving us once again Lou and being able to walk side-by-side with her for a third time.

Few people can leave me emotionally jumbled quite like Jojo Moyes can. The first book of hers I read, Me Before You , literally had me ugly crying, and I’ll admit a healthy sob or two while reading its sequel, After You . Even one of Moyes’ standalone books, The Girl You Left Behind , left me puffy-eyed.

Now Louisa Clark returns in a third book, Still Me . While not as sob-inducing as the first two, Moyes still knows how to play my feelings like a piano, and it was wonderful to be back with these characters I’ve come to “know” over the last few years.

Lou once promised someone special to her that she’d live boldly. But after rebuilding her life following crushing grief, she’s finally gotten the courage to do just that, accepting a job working for an ultra-rich family in New York City. She leaves her family and her boyfriend behind and heads to America, ready to say yes to everything life has to offer her.

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone.”

Working as the assistant to Agnes Gopnik, the much-younger second wife of a tremendously wealthy financier and philanthropist, Louisa gets to see first-hand that you can have everything you’ve dreamed of and yet still be crushingly unhappy. Agnes loathes being on public display, judged by the gossipy, vindictive friends of her husband’s first wife, yet she is forced to travel in the same social circles. She knows her stepdaughter hates her, knows their housekeeper likes nothing more than to torment her. Yet she finds a kindred spirit in Louisa, in that they’re both struggling to be present in two very different worlds.

“You always have one foot in two places. You can never be truly happy because, from the moment you leave, you are two selves, and wherever you are one half of you is always calling to the other. This is our price, Louisa. This is the cost of who we are.”

It isn’t easy juggling her responsibilities with thinking about her boyfriend and her family back home, all of whom seem to have made great strides in their lives since she’s been gone. Louisa likes being in the middle of fancy New York society but sees how it could feel so lonely, and sometimes is torn between the glitz and glamour, and the more comforting security she feels at an endangered library in Washington Heights, or a vintage clothing store which helps feed her unique fashion sense.

When Louisa finds herself in an untenable position because of secrets that have been shared with her, she is unsure where to turn, a situation not helped by her anxieties over her foundering relationship with her boyfriend at home. It takes meeting two people—an elderly woman who knows all about doing it your own way no matter the cost, and a wealthy young man who reminds her of someone she misses dearly—to show her the choices she needs to make, and the importance of remaining true to who you are.

“The key was making sure that anyone you allowed to walk beside you didn’t get to decide which you were, and pin you down like a butterfly in a case. The key was to know that you could always somehow find a way to reinvent yourself again.”

Still Me was really enjoyable and definitely poignant in places. It’s a powerful meditation on being true to yourself, no matter how many people want you to do otherwise, and the struggles doing so may cause. It’s also a story about the importance of saying what you think, of expressing how you feel (which these characters were definitely not good at), or else what occurs around you might not be what you wanted.

There aren’t a lot of surprises in this book—there were many times when something happened and I thought to myself, “Ah, so this will happen at some point,” and I wasn’t ever wrong. But that didn’t bother me as much as it might with other books, because these characters are so engaging, and Moyes’ storytelling just draws you in and feels comfortable and familiar. You could read this book without reading the first two, but you have no idea what you’re missing, particularly with Me Before You .

Still Me didn’t quite blow me away, but I devoured the book anyway. Louisa is just one of those characters you root for even as she’s making missteps, and it’s so good to spend more time with her and her family again. This is a series that keeps on giving—the feels, that is.

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