Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

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Why This Book 
I enjoyed the first two books in the ‘Me Before You’ series, then I won the third one, Still Me, by Jojo Moyes, in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was quite excited and nervous, as I adored the first book but thought the second was just decent/good. I am very glad to say this third one is much closer to the first!

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Approach & Style 
I read an advance copy of this ~378 page paperback novel in about 5 hours during a two day period. It goes very quickly as the story is quite intriguing — the writing feels effortlessly natural. It’s broken into ~35 chapters, which makes each about ten pages long. The book is told in first person POV with the perspective focused on Louisa. A few chapters have letters, emails or news articles to help push the story forward. It’s the third in a series and well-worth the read to spend with the brilliance of the characters and the backdrop.

Plot, Characters & Setting 
Louisa moves to Park Avenue in NYC to help her friend Nathan who looks after an upper class family. She’ll be a ‘friend’ or ‘assistant’ to Agnes, the younger second-wife of Mr. Gopnik who was mentioned in the second book. There are various other staff in the Gopnik household and apartment building who Louisa interacts with, as well as some new friends she makes in NYC. Lou goes home for Christmas to visit her parents and sister, as well as continues to date Sam, the paramedic, from prior books. The story is about her acclimation to a different kind of life than she had in England, as well as the process to help her figure out who she wants to be. Despite all that’s happened to her, she still has more to learn… I love that about this story! There’s romance, mystery, secrets, friendships, touristy fun, and decisions to make.

Key Thoughts 
Jojo Moyes is a phenomenal storyteller. I adore her characters, settings and scenes. I may be partial as I know a lot of the places in the book since it takes place in NYC; however, even when Lou is just wandering around with no real plot, it’s brilliant writing. The setting is always described in the perfect amount of detail with just enough for my imagination to fill in the blanks.

The characters are very real and familiar. I’ve seen them before in reality and other books, but there’s something special about their dialogue and how they relate to one another in this book. I whipped so fast through Still Me, as I just couldn’t put it down…. you think ‘I’ll just spend 30 minutes before bed,’ then find yourself 200 pages in and ready for more!

Lou’s journey is a combination of the first two books. It takes the reality from the second book with the emotions from the first book, then smashes them together in a final wrapper on discovering what makes Lou ‘still me.’

I can’t say enough good things about this book… I won’t spoil the ending, but that may be the only thing that I was a little ‘eh’ on, in terms of how she ends up relationship-wise. In this book, she struggles with long-distance Sam, meets someone new, and has to figure out what’s right for her. Part of me saw a different ending, but this one still worked. Ultimately, I love Lou… she might be one of my favorite literary characters.

Summary 
I will definitely pick up another Moyes book… after the three in this series, I know she’s an author I will enjoy for many years. I’m grateful to the friend who introduced me to this series. 🙂

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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40 thoughts on “Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

    Chauncey Rogers said:
    February 22, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    I’ve never read a book set something that I’ve loved or known very well. Seems like it could be neat, though. Maybe I’ll have to look into novels set in Kansas City.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 22, 2018 at 6:34 PM

      It might give you something new to discover!

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        Chauncey Rogers said:
        February 22, 2018 at 6:36 PM

        It probably would! I’m afraid I don’t know Kansas City very well. 😛 Too much of a homebody I suppose.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 22, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Very glad it was a good read. Hopefully I’ll get to it sooner rather than later 😊

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    AJ said:
    February 22, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    This is on my TBR as I read the first two books for book club.

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    Priyasha said:
    February 22, 2018 at 11:58 PM

    I seriously can’t wait to read this book ASAP 😍
    Amazing Review 📖

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    Cate said:
    February 23, 2018 at 3:10 AM

    Didn’t know there was a third one! I really enjoyed the first book but I still haven’t picked up the second one yet. And now there’s a third? I’ll definitely have to get on that.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 23, 2018 at 7:06 AM

      It was wonderful… yes, just came out last month. The second isn’t as strong as the first, but this one is better!

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    Noriko said:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    Great review, James! Made me want to read this!📚😉 But oh, I need to read the 2nd book first…

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    kraftireader said:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    I’ve got this to read. I’m desperate to read it but then I don’t want Lou’s story to come to an end.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 23, 2018 at 7:07 AM

      I really hope she does another one, but maybe like 6 to 7 years from now… so we see what happens to Lou as she approaches 40….. would be amazing to see her again.

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        kraftireader said:
        February 26, 2018 at 11:45 AM

        Oh yes that would be good. Lu has certainly captured our hearts.

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    February 23, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Oh that’s a shame about the plot, because I felt that was a bit of a problem with the last one. But I’m really glad the ending worked. Great review!

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    delphini510 said:
    February 23, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Thank you for this review and info. I didn’t know a new one had comment me out. Will buy it today.
    miriam

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    mistysbookspace said:
    February 24, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Glad you ended up liking this one. I still haven’t read After You yet. I think I’m a little s a red to read it since I loved Me Before You so much and I’ve heard most people saying they didn’t like the second one.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 25, 2018 at 9:37 AM

      it isn’t the best, but you should read two before three as it is definitely important

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        mistysbookspace said:
        February 25, 2018 at 9:42 AM

        I already have the second book on my bookshelf so hopefully I will get to reading it sometime this year.

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    Stephanie said:
    February 24, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    So glad you enjoyed this as much as I did! Wonderful review! 🙂 Lou is definitely a special character!

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    zozieposie said:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    you are the first person to make me think i really was interested in that book… thank you

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 9:12 AM

      You’re welcome. I might be biased because it is set in NY, but it really was a great step up from the second in the series.

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    carhicks said:
    February 28, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    I am glad this one was better. I did not like the second one, it was too different from what I was expecting. This one sounds good. Do you think I would be able to follow the story even though I DNF the second one?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 28, 2018 at 9:22 AM

      I think you would be able to… not a whole lot changes for Lou in the end of the second… as long as you know who she ends up with at the end of book 2 and about the job offer she gets (which I can tell you offline to not spoil for others), then you are fine with book 3.

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        carhicks said:
        February 28, 2018 at 1:40 PM

        I may just check out the ending of the previous book, then move to this one. Thanks.

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    Rae Longest said:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Hmmmmm. Didn’t like the second book but maybe will give the third a try. Thoughts?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 4, 2018 at 5:31 PM

      I agree, I wasn’t a fan of the second one. The best part of this third installment was in how Lou embraces life and tries new things. It was much better, but still not as good as the first.

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    Rae Longest said:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    I think I’ll be satisfied with the first and be done. There are just too many good books “out there.” Spent a couple of hours in Barnes and Noble yesterday. Dropped a hundred dollars before I knew it. No money for Starbucks afterward! We came home rather than going to Carrabas for lunch and left over Texas Trash warmed up. It’s just one of those dishes that is better the more times you heat it again.

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    Rae Longest said:
    March 4, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    I almost couldn’t get up because I’d been sitting on the floor for so long. I keep forgetting I’m 73! LOL

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