Book Buzz: Still Me

I’ve pretty much been counting the days down until I could get my hands on Jojo Moyes’ latest novel, Still Me. You too?

Jojo fans: it has been worth the wait.

Book Buzz: Still Me

Yes, Still Me is as good as, if not better than, its predecessors.

Still Me

Moyes’ Me Before You became a huge bestseller and a movie as well. It is a tender, compelling story of Louisa Clark, a young woman from London who was unsure of where her life was going. She accepted a job as caretaker for Will Traynor, a young man who had tragically become paralyzed after an accident. I won’t say anymore, because if you haven’t read this book, you need to!

The sequel, After You, found Louisa coping with loss and figuring out next steps. Buoyed by the lessons Will had taught her about living her life to the fullest, she ultimately recovered from grief and found romance with Ambulance Sam, a paramedic.

And now in Still Me, Louisa has moved to New York to live in the opulent Upper East Side apartment building The Lavery, employed by a wealthy businessman as personal assistant to his much younger second wife, Agnes.

Louisa finds that the strikingly beautiful Agnes is plagued with self-doubt and anger. She smarts from the disdain of society matrons she is forced to associate with and can only vent about it to Louisa, and is at war with her husband’s ex-wife and daughter. Louisa does more than manage her calendar; she becomes sounding board and sympathizer, one might say enabler, too.

Louisa’s introduction to New York City is itself a joy to read. Like any destination that any of us has longed to visit, New York City has been a dream of Louisa’s and she becomes almost childlike in her delight with every discovery she makes, whether it’s the quirky secondhand garment shops in the East Village or the glitter of Times Square or the majesty of old neighborhoods in Washington Heights. Each new discovery is a thrill for us readers.

While Louisa finds her way in New York City, Ambulance Sam is still in London. Louisa tries hard to keep their romance going intercontinentally … but of course, things happen to derail their relationship. Will they reconcile, or is the dashing new man Louisa meets in New York going to sweep her off her feet?

Hats off as well to the fantastic minor characters in this novel. They each play a part in Louisa’s adventure, but also represent the diverse fabric of New York City. Ashok the Indian doorman; Dean Martin the self-satisfied pug who belongs to an elderly fashionista in the building; the cranky Polish cook who gets revenge by making things no one will eat … you will fall in love with all of them. Trust me.

I hope this isn’t the last we’ll read of Louisa. She is a funny, plucky, and altogether endearing heroine and I know her fans, myself included, will clamor for more, more, more!

Here is an interview with Jojo Moyes about Still Me.

 

One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of Still Me. Please leave a comment on the Books is Wonderful Facebook page and a winner will be randomly selected. US addresses only, please.

 

I received a copy of Still Me from Viking for an honest review,
which is the only kind of review I write.

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