Still Me

Still MeStill Me (Me Before You, #3) by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on January 30th 2018
Pages: 400
ISBN: 0399562451
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“I think at some point, dear, you’re going to have to work out who Louisa Clark is.”

I don’t think there needed to be a trilogy. I really don’t. Let me start by saying I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Me Before you. It literally blew me away. I read it twice and have seen the movie three times. I think it is Moyes Swan song. It doesn’t get any better than that – which is why the two books which followed could not live up to their predecessor.

In this book we see our much-loved Louisa Clarke moving to New York City to be the “assistant” to a wealthy young socialite. A socialite who is not much liked by others in her social circles as her husband was once married to their friend. A friend he divorced to marry his much younger massage therapist. Before she is even over her jet lag, Louisa is running in central park, shopping and attending fancy social events. She is thrown into a glamorous life one that is much different from the life she lived in England with her paramedic boyfriend, Sam.

While out and about she meets a man named Josh Ryan who bears a striking resemblance to someone from her past. They form a friendship while Louisa pines for Sam and throws herself into the NYC high society social circle. Louisa continues to be quirky and finds herself in various situations both comedic and sad. There will be misunderstandings, new friends, broken hearts, miscommunication, deceit and mayhem.

In this book, Louisa takes Will’s advice from Me Before you: “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” She does take chances and tries to be her own person but sadly, it didn’t really pay off for me in this book. It was a solid 3-star book for me. I hoped it would be better. I can’t fault he writing, the writing is good but the story lagged in places for me. Again, I think she should have left well enough alone. Good not great.

Thank you to Penguin Group Viking and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Me Before You

Me Before YouMe Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking on December 31st 2012
Pages: 369
ISBN: 0670026603
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***Received a copy of this book from Goodreads first reads giveaway

Simply put, this book was amazing. Jojo Moyes is a gifted storyteller and she did a great job showing us the daily life of a quadriplegic. She also touches on a controversial subject – euthanasia- with sensitivity and grace. Her characters were likeable, believable and well developed. I highly recommend this book.

Me before you is funny, witty, heartwarming, hopeful, and sad. Will Traynor had it all before an accident left him wheelchair bound. Louissa Clark, afraid to leave her small town, lived an ordinary life- job at a cafe, long term boyfriend, and family.

The two meet after Louissa accepts the job as his caregiver/companion. The novel shows how the two of them slowly forge a relationship that changes both of them. Will encourages Louissa to push beyond her boundaries, to try new things and to simply “live”. I love the quote in the book where Will tells Lou “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” Both come to care deeply for the other person, to want what is best for them, to try and improve the quality of his/her life.

Whether you like the ending of the book or not, I think the author did a good job staying true to the characters.

This book was hard to put down, I wanted to keep reading, I wanted to know how it ended and then when it did end, I was upset that I read it too fast. This is a book that will make you think, feel and form an opinion. What would you do? What decision would you make?