Title: Still Me
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Plot Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?
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.
Still Me, the third installment in Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You series, takes readers on another emotional journey alongside the endearing protagonist, Louisa Clark. Moyes once again showcases her talent for creating compelling characters and heartfelt narratives that touch the reader’s soul.
One of the highlights of this novel is Moyes’ ability to breathe life into her characters. Louisa Clark is a relatable and lovable protagonist who continues to grow and evolve throughout the series. Her struggles, doubts, and triumphs resonate deeply with readers, making her a compelling and endearing character to follow. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, with vibrant personalities that enhance the richness of the story.
While Still Me stands strongly on its own, readers who have followed the series from the beginning will appreciate the continuation of familiar themes and characters. Moyes skillfully weaves in references to previous events, providing a sense of continuity and allowing readers to witness the growth of beloved characters over time.
However, despite its strengths, the novel does have a few minor shortcomings. Some plot points feel predictable and certain conflicts are resolved a bit too conveniently, which can diminish the impact of certain moments. Additionally, a few secondary characters lack the depth and development found in the core cast, making them feel somewhat one-dimensional.
In conclusion, Still Me is a heartwarming and satisfying addition to the Me Before You series. Jojo Moyes’ ability to create relatable characters and deliver emotionally resonant narratives shines through in this book. While it may have a few predictable moments and underdeveloped characters, the novel still offers a captivating story that explores themes of identity, love, and personal growth. Fans of the series will find themselves fully immersed in Louisa Clark’s journey once again. With its charm and emotional depth, Still Me earns a solid four-star rating.