Still Me (Me Before You, #3)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark.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 reconcile a heart that lives in two places?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 (Me Before You, #3) Details

TitleStill Me (Me Before You, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
ISBN-139780399562457
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Still Me (Me Before You, #3) Review

  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Do we really need this series to continue? Whatever, I'll still read it.
  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    "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 Yor "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.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75 stars*Two books post game-changer and I have to wonder, would any follow-up to Me Before You be impressive enough to rival the thought-provoking circumstances or raw emotion Louisa and Will's story evoked from the masses? At this point, I think not. The takeaway here—some things should be left to stand on their own.Why Jojo Moyes felt compelled to take a story as emotionally charged as Me Before You and drag it out to a trilogy, I’ll never understand. Was it a burning desire on her part to *3.75 stars*Two books post game-changer and I have to wonder, would any follow-up to Me Before You be impressive enough to rival the thought-provoking circumstances or raw emotion Louisa and Will's story evoked from the masses? At this point, I think not. The takeaway here—some things should be left to stand on their own.Why Jojo Moyes felt compelled to take a story as emotionally charged as Me Before You and drag it out to a trilogy, I’ll never understand. Was it a burning desire on her part to continue Louisa’s story that led to After You (book 2) or more of an opportunity to exploit the success of Me Before You? Is it possible Still Me (book 3) was viewed as a chance to right all of the squandered opportunities we suffered through in After You or again, more of a sales play? Either way, I won’t deny, this third installment was a much more enjoyable read than the prior. Although, arguably, unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Regardless of the fact that Me Before You is a book I’ve recommended more than any other, I hesitated to commit to Still Me and for good reason. Within the 370 pages of After You, Jojo Moyes created a scenario that worked against it’s predecessor, tainting the memory of one of the most pivotal and adored characters. The crutch she rested on felt cheap, overused and left me second-guessing my feelings for the original story. Let me tell you, that’s a wretched place to be. Not to mention, Lou’s storyline failed to advance enough to even justify the sequel, making After You feel like little more than a throwaway. Third time book is a charm? Well, sort of. This is more in line with what I initially envisioned for a continuation of Lou's story, but it's far from perfect. With this final installment (let's hope), Jojo Moyes captures that version of Lou readers initially fell for—the quirky clothes horse who stood out in a crowd for simply being herself—and delivers a journey of self discovery.This story lacks a bit in the emotional depth department, specifically with regards to the relationships and people Lou surrounds herself with, but it was entertaining enough to keep me engaged. What I didn't like: a few of the storylines felt unresolved (Agnes), quite a few characters felt inconsistent (Josh, Sam and Mrs. De Witt) and the messages along the way were a bit muddled. If you're even remotely considering this one, I would say, go for it. Even if for nothing other than the times Lou reminisces about Will. The snippets of Will throughout—letters written to his mother from his own time in New York and his anecdotes about life that pop up when Lou needs them most—acted as a salve of sorts, healing some of my past disappointments and reigniting those feelings I experienced with their unforgettable beginning.Regardless of the fact that this go round with Lou was a much more positive experience than the last, I feel strongly that this should be the final goodbye to the eccentric Londoner New Yorker. Let's just hope Jojo Moyes and her publisher agree.
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  • Ihcene
    January 1, 1970
    WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS?? MORE LOU? HELL YEAH.EDIT: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 h WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS?? MORE LOU? HELL YEAH.EDIT: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!
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  • Alejandro
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Me Before You and After You so I was delighted to read the first chapter of Still Me. Reading about Louisa is like meeting an old friend. I was hooked from the first sentence and can't wait to read the rest of the book. It was lovely to find out that she is in New York starting a new job and still the same adorable character. Thank you Jojo Moyes for bringing Louisa back to us.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    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 t 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. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    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! 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 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! 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. :)
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    I am a Louisa Clark fan!I have enjoyed all three books in this series and I wish Louisa was a personal friend of mine. Following her ups and downs and all the things she learns along the way is a real treat. Each book she brings something along from the previous book(s), but each book also stands on its own.I will say that I think I enjoyed this one more than After You. Something about the story made it feel more like a direct sequel to Me Before You. Not that I was hoping it would be or that be I am a Louisa Clark fan!I have enjoyed all three books in this series and I wish Louisa was a personal friend of mine. Following her ups and downs and all the things she learns along the way is a real treat. Each book she brings something along from the previous book(s), but each book also stands on its own.I will say that I think I enjoyed this one more than After You. Something about the story made it feel more like a direct sequel to Me Before You. Not that I was hoping it would be or that being like the first makes it better. It was just nice to return to a story that felt like what I remembered from the first.For sequels, the question is often asked "do I need to read the previous books?" I think that this one offers enough background from the earlier books and doesn't lean too much on their content so that you could read this without the others if you really wanted to. But, I think that it is worth giving the whole series a go.If you are into slightly cheesy tear jerkers that warm your soul and tug the heart strings, acquaint yourself with Louisa Clark - I gaurantee you won't regret it!
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars.Louisa Clark has arrived. In New York that is. Her old friend Nathan has gotten her a job as an assistant to Agnes Gopnik, a wealthy married woman who has trouble fitting in and who more than anything, needs a friend. For Louisa its an opportunity. To see the world and to do what Will always told her to do. And this time, Louisa takes it. New York. NEW YORK. For Lou however, moving to New York has brought about lots of challenges. Lou has to leave Sam - her new boyfriend and though they 4 Stars.Louisa Clark has arrived. In New York that is. Her old friend Nathan has gotten her a job as an assistant to Agnes Gopnik, a wealthy married woman who has trouble fitting in and who more than anything, needs a friend. For Louisa its an opportunity. To see the world and to do what Will always told her to do. And this time, Louisa takes it. New York. NEW YORK. For Lou however, moving to New York has brought about lots of challenges. Lou has to leave Sam - her new boyfriend and though they agreed to try a long distance relationship - it turns out to be quite the bumpy ride, but then with Louisa, you’d expect nothing less. While in New York, Louisa meets someone, a man who reminds her of her Will and it throws Louisa for a loop, and when Sam sees him, it throws him for one too. New York is both everything and nothing like Louisa Clark expected. She has to fight for what she wants and fight hard and in doing so Louisa finally finds what she has been lacking, her sense of self. In my opinion, “Still Me” by Jojo Moyes far surpassed “After You.” Though nothing compares to the first book in the series, “Me Before You,” I am glad that I continued on and read about Louisa Clark’s next adventure as there is something utterly endearing about Ms. Clark. I listened to the audiobook of this novel and it rocked. I highly recommend it.Published on Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter on 3.10.18.
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  • Maria Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Madre de Dios! Qué manera de escribir tiene esta mujer; aún estoy sufriendo. Y asimilando lo que queda detrás de las palabras. Sencillamente precioso! Un oda a la vida y al carpe díem...
  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Me Before You and enjoyed After You, two books I recommend you read before you read the third book in the trilogy, Still Me. In Still Me, Louisa keeps her promise to Will, her love from book one, to say yes to new opportunities. This opportunity brings her from her home in England—and her hunky boyfriend the paramedic Sam—to New York City to be the assistant to a wealthy young wife of a wildly rich man. Louisa acts like something of an emotional bodyguard for Agnes against the society wo I loved Me Before You and enjoyed After You, two books I recommend you read before you read the third book in the trilogy, Still Me. In Still Me, Louisa keeps her promise to Will, her love from book one, to say yes to new opportunities. This opportunity brings her from her home in England—and her hunky boyfriend the paramedic Sam—to New York City to be the assistant to a wealthy young wife of a wildly rich man. Louisa acts like something of an emotional bodyguard for Agnes against the society women who assumed she stole Leonard from his first wife because she was just after his money and citizenship (she’s from Poland). There are perks to her job, like going to charity balls in 3,000-dollar dress purchased by her employer, but it puts a huge strain on her relationship with Sam. Can they make the long-distance thing work, or is this going to be the end of them?I laughed and teared up at this book. Moyes does a great job of a putting the character in a terrible situation where you think “Oh no, how is she going to get out of this?” I just didn’t laugh quite as hard or cry as much as I did in Me Before You. Still, this novel is worth your time. For more of my reviews, please visit: http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook....narrated by Anna ActonLouisa Clarke.....adorable integrity girl is charming as can be in “Still Me”Vintage Clothing? Oh my gosh .....’of course’! Authentic garments & Authentic girl are both alternatives to be admired and loved.Dean Martin.....is that the best dog’s name or what for London girl living in New York for the first time?Kiss kiss kiss.......💋💋💋“Me Before You”....5 Stars “After You”....3 Stars“Still Me” 4.5 Stars
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  • Caro M.
    January 1, 1970
    OMG she's gonna milk this cow till it bleeds it seems. I don't know what to think, to be honest. Adding it just to piss myself off.
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5This is the 3rd book in the Me Before You series & I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't love it but I enjoyed it. I am a huge fan of Louisa & her personality and I enjoyed the journey she took in this novel. I didn't love the 2nd book, After You so I did go into this one with a little hesitation but it was a sweet book about discovering yourself. I don't know if it needed to be written but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. I didn't love the ending but overall like I keep saying it w 3.75/5This is the 3rd book in the Me Before You series & I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't love it but I enjoyed it. I am a huge fan of Louisa & her personality and I enjoyed the journey she took in this novel. I didn't love the 2nd book, After You so I did go into this one with a little hesitation but it was a sweet book about discovering yourself. I don't know if it needed to be written but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. I didn't love the ending but overall like I keep saying it was an adorable, quirky book
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to win a copy of Still Me by Jojo Moyes in a competition from Penguin House UK - Michael Joseph and NetGalley. I decided to reread Me Before You and After You which are the first two books in the series again to remind me of Louisa's story so far. Reading about Louisa is like visiting an old friend. I loved this book and read it in two days because I did not want to put it down. I was hooked from the first sentence and absolutely loved being able to read about Louisa's adventure I was delighted to win a copy of Still Me by Jojo Moyes in a competition from Penguin House UK - Michael Joseph and NetGalley. I decided to reread Me Before You and After You which are the first two books in the series again to remind me of Louisa's story so far. Reading about Louisa is like visiting an old friend. I loved this book and read it in two days because I did not want to put it down. I was hooked from the first sentence and absolutely loved being able to read about Louisa's adventure in New York and all the ups and downs she encountered. I was glad that she was still the same upbeat character with the same sense of humour. I hope there will be another book about Louisa and her family in the near future.
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  • *TANYA*
    January 1, 1970
    ***SPOILER ALERT!! NO!! Just no!! Ugh, I feel cheated and duped!!! The ending was CRAP!!!! I’m so angry at this book, ANGRY!!!
  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    ”Well, here I am Lord, knocking at your back doorAin't it wonderful to beWhere I've always wanted to be?For the first time I'll breathe free in the New York City“Say goodbye to all my sorrowAnd by tomorrow I'll be on my wayI guess the lord must be in New York City” -- I Guess The Lord Must Be in New York City – Songwriters: Harry NilssonLouisa Clark is back, in this third book of the Me Before You series, looking forward to a new life in the place where Will had once worked and lived. A friend h ”Well, here I am Lord, knocking at your back doorAin't it wonderful to beWhere I've always wanted to be?For the first time I'll breathe free in the New York City“Say goodbye to all my sorrowAnd by tomorrow I'll be on my wayI guess the lord must be in New York City” -- I Guess The Lord Must Be in New York City – Songwriters: Harry NilssonLouisa Clark is back, in this third book of the Me Before You series, looking forward to a new life in the place where Will had once worked and lived. A friend has arranged a position for her working for a family who can only be described as ridiculously wealthy. The kind of people who have limos with drivers that park around the corner and wait to be summoned on a regular basis. Still, it’s New York City, with all the glitz and glamour outshining the darker streets, at least for a while.”…for those few minutes, my mouth full of unfamiliar food, my eyes filled with strange sights, I existed only in the moment. I was fully present, my senses alive, my whole being open to receive the new experiences around me. I was in the only place in the world I could possibly be.”Leonard Gopnik a philanthropist and financier, is technically her employer, and Louisa’s job is to act as an assistant to the second Mrs. Gopnik, Agnes. Agnes is young, not much older than Louisa if she is older, at all. Her background, a masseuse, how she met Mr. Gopnik is the subject of much gossip which the former Mrs. Gopnik and her friends are always happy to fan the flames.Agnes, to those outside, would appear to have everything she needs to be perfectly happy. Born in Poland, she came to America with very little, sharing an apartment with friends – friends who no longer talk to her because her husband is wealthy. Leonard’s friends, associates, are loyal to the original Mrs. Gopnik, and the social outings Agnes is forced to attend makes her an open target of hostile attitudes, and Louisa can see, can feel the hostility like a ghost hovering, looking for one more chance to send a shiver down her spine. Agnes feels alone.”I know this—nobody gets everything. And we immigrants know this more than anyone. 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.”Bumblebee tights aren’t really in fashion among these high-society ladies, and Louisa struggles when she’s forced to accompany Agnes to the society events, Agnes clinging to her as a life raft, frequently confirming that she’s her “friend.” My favourite character in this story was Mrs. DeWitt, a woman who is haughty and demanding, a bit imperious in her treatment of Louisa, at first. Eventually, Louisa manages to find her more agreeable side and a friendship, of sorts, if born.My favourite part of this story was when Louisa takes up the cause of a library on the verge of being shut down. She goes to the weekly marches when she can, brought to the realization of the stark differences in lifestyle once you leave Manhattan. She tries to make a difference. ”Books are what teach you about life. Books teach you about empathy. But you can’t buy books if you barely got enough to make rent. So that library is a vital resource! You shut a library, Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope.”There’s a bit of romance, some amusing moments, even some tender, emotional moments, every one of them adding to this story about Louisa, how she comes to realize some truths about herself and those around her, living in this big city that so many are drawn to call home.Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book!
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  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    Long review ahead. Read at your own discretion. I do sincerely hope Jojo Moyes reads this. I understand Me Before You has a fond place in many people's heart. I'm sure most have heard, or seen its movie make. In the entirety of the series, I can truthfully say this is the most unfulfilling, saddening book, because it has done an injustice to its protagonist. Louisa Clark deserves better. Across these books, it's impossible not to notice that she has the kindest, most selfless heart, yet she cont Long review ahead. Read at your own discretion. I do sincerely hope Jojo Moyes reads this. I understand Me Before You has a fond place in many people's heart. I'm sure most have heard, or seen its movie make. In the entirety of the series, I can truthfully say this is the most unfulfilling, saddening book, because it has done an injustice to its protagonist. Louisa Clark deserves better. Across these books, it's impossible not to notice that she has the kindest, most selfless heart, yet she continues to fall in love with selfish men. Men, who ultimately are charming but in likeness are also bullies. Her selflessness is her downfall because she leaves behind her pride, and her own sense of self's value to be stomped on.'Me Before You' revolves around Louisa becoming the "companion" of Will Traynor, a man who is paralysed and permanently stuck in a cynical state. What initially begins as a hateful employer-employee relationship slowly transforms into friendship and later love, until we come to a penultimate ending where Will commits euthanasia. It was the rawest book I have ever read. Saying that, I was not blind to Will's flaws and the way he incessantly reminded Louisa that she was this small town girl who simply had to "live" whereby his definition of living included an exploration of the world. Yes, Louisa blossomed under new experiences, but there was an almost manipulative quality to the way he would push her sometimes as if, should she not strive for all these new things with this "potential" he has noticed in her, then she simply accepts to being a no body. There's an emphasis on how Louisa would never be an object of lust - I say the word object loosely, but rather one of love. Someone who you don't take notice of instantaneously but mould in order to love. He fit her into a brighter, new shiny model of Louisa Clark. It seemed to me no one accepts Lou as she is. 'Me After You' begins eighteen months after Will's suicide. Louisa is stuck in a spiral of grief, unable to grasp her footing on how she will fulfil the promise she made to Will: the promise to live and experience new things. The shift in herself only begins after she unexpectedly meets the sixteen year old daughter Will never knew he had. And somewhere amongst the chaos, she begins to date a paramedic named Sam, quite possibly the least romantic and least passionate man to star as a leading hero in a book. In 'Still Me', Louisa finally sets off in search for an adventure in New York with a new job. She's bright eyed and positive and fearless. I admire Lou's fearlessness. She's not home sick, yet there is an acute loss of the people in her life, and a homely atmosphere. “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.”The long distance relationship between herself and Sam has become a strain. No one puts in effort with Louisa and they only do once they have lost her and suddenly see her "value". It is quite possibly the most real, and disheartening thing to read about. She begged Sam in the first three months of her move that he write her emails and letters and update her on all the small bits of his life so they are still there for one another. But he's very dismissive of her wishes, and puts little to no emotional effort in their relationship. Instead when he comes down to visit her, he pushes blame that she has left him, and changed in this new place. It seemed he was determined to sour any of the time they did spend together. He doesn't appreciate any of the small things she does to keep him in her life, and it was this very ignorance that made me resent him because it is the recipe to a relationship ending. Instead, Lou learns he has a new female partner at work, and as information filters through alongside what can only be called a woman's intuition, Lou knows this lady named Kate clearly is into Sam, yet when Louisa announces her feelings, Sam blows up at her. Instead he gets jealous over a man named Josh who was helpful when she was stuck in a tricky situation. A man who resembles Will in looks only. Lou who cuts Josh off out of deference to Sam once she realises that he bothers him. Yet he does not pay her the same curtesy. Instead he goes out with Katie to bars, they take close body to body pictures, they have drinks, he goes over to her flat fixing her wardrobe. Spending working hours in the company of a woman who is interested is almost understandable, yet spending non-working hours in the company of a woman who you know bothers your girlfriend clearly shows you do not respect her wishes. Those are not the actions of a boyfriend but of a man looking for the opportunity to cheat. When Louisa returns earlier than expected for Christmas and plans to surprise Sam, she witnesses this:“She walked across the carriage saying something unclear, her voice muffled by the glass, her hair clipped up and tumbling in soft curls around her face. She was wearing a man’s T-shirt – his? – and holding a wine bottle, and I saw him shake his head. And then, as he bent over the stove, she walked up behind him and placed her hands on his neck, leaning towards him and rubbing the muscles around it with small circular motions of her thumbs, a movement that seemed born of familiarity. Her thumbnails were painted deep pink. As I stood there, my breath stalled in my chest, he leant his head back, his eyes closed, as if surrendering himself to her fierce little hands.And then he turned to face her, smiling, his head tilted to one side, and she stepped back, laughing, and raised a glass to him.”This is one of the points when I respected Lou, because she breaks it off in one sweep. “I’m sorry,’ he said finally. ‘About the other night. I never wanted to … Well, it was badly judged.’I shook my head. I couldn’t speak any more.‘I didn’t sleep with her. If you won’t hear anything else, I do need you to hear that.’‘You said –’He looked up.‘You said … nobody would ever hurt me again. You said that. When you came to New York.’ My voice emerged from somewhere in my chest. ‘I never thought for a moment you would be the one to do it.”And Sam just lets her go just as he tried to keep her, without passion. No one really listens to Louisa in her life: her boyfriend, her family, hell maybe even Will when he was alive. No one appreciates her for who she is, not really. Lou later dates Josh, who again tries to change her. She accommodates him, changing her style trying to fit into the model of a corporate girlfriend. To me, Louisa loses her sense of individuality when she is coupled off with a man, doing whatever she can to sate and please him, yet this behaviour does not extend to herself from her partner. And only when Sam learns that she is dating Josh does he begin to write letters wanting her back. After months. And do you know what that showed me as a reader? That he was more concerned about a prospective man, and Louisa's attention and life moving further away than he was preoccupied with her and who she is. I suppose he did end up with Katie, and it didn't work out, but the situation wasn't explained there at all, other than a few short sentences in a letter:“I’m not with Katie. I wasn’t when I last saw you. I don’t want to say too much but it became clear pretty quickly that we are very different people, and that I had made a huge mistake. If I’m honest, I think I knew it from the start.”It wasn't a mistake, it was sacrilege, and if Lou had any pride she wouldn't have given him a second chance. Only at the end does Louisa take control of her life and go after a career that truly makes her happy. The return of Sam and their reunion was the possibly worst ending for me. It was a grave injustice to the spark that is Louisa Clark. She should have left him, and his fucking fuckery self behind, looking towards the future. Not having to continuously rely or need a man, but being her own independent, loveable self. She never needed Sam, or Josh. She just needed the catalyst that was Will.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★★I have to admit I didn't have high expectations for this third and again unnecessary continuation of Me Before You. I hadn't planned to read it but a very favorable review from trusted goodreads friend: Myrna convinced me that it was worth the read. And yes, it is very worth the read. In my opinion, Still Me may be more accepted by apprehensive readers as it reads very much like a standalone novel. Yes, there are flashbacks and mentions of characters from the first two books, but it feels fa ★★★★½I have to admit I didn't have high expectations for this third and again unnecessary continuation of Me Before You. I hadn't planned to read it but a very favorable review from trusted goodreads friend: Myrna convinced me that it was worth the read. And yes, it is very worth the read. In my opinion, Still Me may be more accepted by apprehensive readers as it reads very much like a standalone novel. Yes, there are flashbacks and mentions of characters from the first two books, but it feels far from a "continuation". I genuinely enjoyed following Louisa as she navigated in and around relationships, work, and self-awareness. The characters she meets along the way are easy to invest in whether you hate them or love them. I shed a few tears and I wasn't ready for this book to end. As a reader who was vocally disappointed in Jojo Moyes's decision (or maybe her publisher's decision) to push Me Before You's success into a series, I am now surprisingly eager for another installment. Louisa has finally found herself and I for one love her. Check it out!!My favorite quote:“I thought about how you’re shaped so much by the people who surround you, and how careful you have to be in choosing them for this exact reason, and then I thought, despite all that, in the end maybe you have to lose them all in order to truly find yourself.”
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*I will admit I cried during this book. I know it was not needed to write three books, like a lot of reviewers are saying, but I love, love Lou! I said it in my After You review that she is one of my favorite literary characters. I felt some closure on her story by having three books. I found this book to be an intriguing story and beautifully written. I love books that make you feel an array of emotions. I went from anger, sadness, to content from chapter to chapter. How a book makes you fee 4.5*I will admit I cried during this book. I know it was not needed to write three books, like a lot of reviewers are saying, but I love, love Lou! I said it in my After You review that she is one of my favorite literary characters. I felt some closure on her story by having three books. I found this book to be an intriguing story and beautifully written. I love books that make you feel an array of emotions. I went from anger, sadness, to content from chapter to chapter. How a book makes you feel is the definition of a good book. My quick and simple overall: beautiful and amusing.
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  • .
    January 1, 1970
    3.407 stars - - warning, i may did ramble.i have a story for how i came to goodreads (the guineveres by sarah domet). i have one how i came to follow ruth ware's work. this is how i began my strongest reading stint ever (even growing up i didn't read this many for this long a period). 03/??/2016 - i don't remember which film i was watching at a theatre's matinee, but the movie trailer for me before you appeared. two minutes later i knew i wanted to see it, and quick.06/03/2016 - opening day, i 3.407 stars - - warning, i may did ramble.i have a story for how i came to goodreads (the guineveres by sarah domet). i have one how i came to follow ruth ware's work. this is how i began my strongest reading stint ever (even growing up i didn't read this many for this long a period). 03/??/2016 - i don't remember which film i was watching at a theatre's matinee, but the movie trailer for me before you appeared. two minutes later i knew i wanted to see it, and quick.06/03/2016 - opening day, i went to the 11 am screening, stag. only guy in theatre of about twelve. sunglasses immediately on afterward, i didn't want anyone to see i was a mess. thing is, i didn't realise it was a book until the film said, "based on the novel..."; somehow i missed that detail the first time around (like i did with the film/roth's book indignation). i had never seen nor heard of emilia clarke (the film's louisa) - i don't watch/care that i don't watch g.o.t. and i don't watch terminator films (if i did, i wouldn't have run out for genisys as it was). i fell in luuv with emilia; correction, i fell in luuv with emilia clarke as louisa clark. i fell in luuv with her like i did jenna fischer as pam beasley (sidebar, the office's jim and pam kicked the shit out of ross and rachel as far as love story - certainly the first four seasons or so). i see the paperback for after you comes out in july (19th). i tell myself, "well, since i've already seen the film i'll just start with the second book." thank goodness i changed my mind.07/??/2016 - read me before you. after i picked myself up from the floor in its final pages - mind you, after knowing what to expect, i was counting the days to the 19th. the book made the movie seem like the next two books, and i luuved the movie.07/19/2016 - paperback copy... later that day - "wtf is this shit?! she what?! oh, hell no! oh, no no no no no, are you serious?!" additional gtfo's, seriously gtfo's, f this s's followed. (you can probably tell i was less than pleased). this was not my lou.latter 2017 - sheesus! she wrote a third?! son of a bitch, i know i'm still gonna read it, but this is some b f'n s! (f'n bs, additional combinations).03/11/2018 - cracked open my library copy... eh. mmm. (shoulder shrugs)03/12/2018 - ok, nothing/no one can replace louisa's first selection. nothing/no one. treat this more as #2's sequel and leave #1 out of this completely. story starts feeling better. still me was a diurnal digestif, whereas me before you was a nocturnal apertif. this story did not, could not whet my passion, sentiment in the way its original did, did for so so many of us. it was a step above after you, though i can see now that title never had a chance with me to begin with - it certainly lost its enchantment a few pages in. first summer at camp, fall in luuv with girl. next summer, girl has boyfriend (f that and her! if she can't remember that fire we had last time who the hell needs her/this)! current summer, both single but also know y'll never match that original chemistry - but still dtf.still me.i felt this was like a garth brooks anthology - doesn't it seem he has more box sets/anthologies than proper albums? but this set has two additional new tracks and the order is different...yet again! you sit through a chris gaines *gem* to get to "friends in low places" and even then, ten yrs in it sounds much different live than what you grew to enjoy. malahonky song as flirtation device again?! still will, but still sam, and now who? also, this seems to have been written somewhat for the screen, as i felt too much helen fielding while trying to grasp her and sam fielding. i didn't find humour in moyes's paris for one and this has similarities, even down to a helpful concierge. i do like how louisa breaks the fourth wall on page 121, and she starts incorporating american terms while upsetting her english counterparts (she says mail, not post - vacation, not holiday. it reminds me of me language alterations). for me, this was ursula, not phoebe. mary-kate, not ashley fuller. isla fisher, not amy adams.still.ps) windfallen is my favourite moyes title if y're looking for one beyond the hype.
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    Why did Moyes decide to write another book in this series? Not sure. Is this the last one in the series? I have no idea. Regardless, Jojo is an excellent writer and a good storyteller and those qualities shine through in this one. I enjoyed reading Lou’s ups and downs and NYC adventures. Lou is charming and endearing! I wouldn’t mind a 4th book.
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  • Viri
    January 1, 1970
    Esto es demasiado para mí pobre corazón.Lo que es querer sacar más dinero. A mí, este libro me sobra... igual que El Segundo pero es MI OPINIÓN 🤷🏻♀ Esto es demasiado para mí pobre corazón.Lo que es querer sacar más dinero. A mí, este libro me sobra... igual que El Segundo pero es MI OPINIÓN 🤷🏻‍♀️
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Makes me so sad that I’ve seen so many comments like, “she shouldn’t of made a second/third book” “she’s just milking it now.”I for one have loved every single of of the books and I would gladly read a 4th filling us in on what life has in store for Lou and Sam.
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  • Annie♡
    January 1, 1970
    Después de leer: Sinceramente me ha encantado! He visto a la Lou que amo; divertida, extravagante, con todas esas locuras... tan valiente y atrevida. Lanzándose al mundo, dando siempre lo mejor de sí misma. SIENDO ELLA MISMA. Es la protagonista que me conquistó en el primer libro. Jojo Moyes tiene un don para escribir, es maravillosa. ¡Qué historia tan preciosa! "La clave consistía en asegurarse de que nadie a quien permitieras caminar a tu lado decidiera quién eras y te etiquetara, como a una Después de leer: Sinceramente me ha encantado! He visto a la Lou que amo; divertida, extravagante, con todas esas locuras... tan valiente y atrevida. Lanzándose al mundo, dando siempre lo mejor de sí misma. SIENDO ELLA MISMA. Es la protagonista que me conquistó en el primer libro. Jojo Moyes tiene un don para escribir, es maravillosa. ¡Qué historia tan preciosa! "La clave consistía en asegurarse de que nadie a quien permitieras caminar a tu lado decidiera quién eras y te etiquetara, como a una mariposa en una caja. La clave era saber que siempre podías encontrar de algún modo la forma de volver a reivindicarte." Lo terminé de leer hace más de un mes y aún estoy sopesando su contenido. Por primera vez siento que las palabras correctas no llegan a mí aunque me pase horas y horas pensándolas, que simplemente no podré describir este libro. Nunca. Soy de las personas que creían que Yo antes de ti no merecía secuelas... ahora, con lo que la autora nos ha regalado, pienso que la historia de Lou sigue siendo maravillosa. Que cada libro es una luz de esperanza, y te deja con ganas de vivir al máximo...Vive con osadía, Clark.Antes de leer:¿Han visto que portada más bonita?♡Sí, no pega con los otros dos libros, pero está preciosa! Ya, no hay que juzgar por la portada, lo sé! Necesito saber cómo continúa y espero, de verdad espero que la autora de por terminada esta historia. Es suficiente!(view spoiler)[Quiero saber con quién queda Lou, por Dios. No me importaría que fuera con Sam (me gusta mucho). ¿Por qué, Jojo? ¿Por qué tus personajes son tan hermosos? Y... ¿POR QUÉ OTRO PERSONAJE MASCULINO? Si es imposible no encariñarse con ellos! (hide spoiler)]Aunque las cosas como son: Will es y siempre será mi favorito ❤
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Because if anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s Lou . . . . No actual review. The fact that I - reader of never more than one book in a series - saw this one through to the finish (especially after HATING After You) should speak volumes. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
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  • Stephanie Anze
    January 1, 1970
    "I think at some point, dear, you're going to have to work out who Louisa Clark really is."Louisa Clark arrives in New York to become the personal assistant to Agnes Gopnik, the second (and younger) wife of Mr. Gopnik. Embracing new and different opportunities, Lou is ready to commit to her new home and life while still maintaining a strong link to her family and Sam in England. But living in the Big Apple and being the hired help to a rich and socialite couple is no walk in the park. Lou soon f "I think at some point, dear, you're going to have to work out who Louisa Clark really is."Louisa Clark arrives in New York to become the personal assistant to Agnes Gopnik, the second (and younger) wife of Mr. Gopnik. Embracing new and different opportunities, Lou is ready to commit to her new home and life while still maintaining a strong link to her family and Sam in England. But living in the Big Apple and being the hired help to a rich and socialite couple is no walk in the park. Lou soon finds herself thrown into a hectic schedule that involves luncheons, balls and country clubs and that is the easy part. Dealing with all the secrets and personalities at her work place, now that is a mammoth task. Amid all the chaos, can Lou find herself?First things first 'Still Me' is not 'Me Before You'. Its not even close. There are a few situations that border on being cliches and the whole novel reads like a rom-com. Having said that, I did not care, not one bit. I can genuinely say I absolutely love this book. I love Moye's charm, sentiment and style. More than anything, I love Lou and reading about her journey. With a mix of wit and humour, Lou is back. This time, she is in New York as a personal assistant. What appears to be a straight forward job is anything but that. For its the unsaid agreement that the hired help "see nothing, hear nothing and forget everything". And Lou, well, she has to forget quite a bit. The situations Lou finds herself in vary from being funny to painfully complicated. I especially love the character progressions as I found myself loving characters I initally disliked. Once I reached the halfway point, I had a hard time putting the book down. Moyes knows how to draw in an audience and keep them invested.There was no shortage of the Clark family antics in this work and I thoroughly enjoyed them. If Lou is a character, than her family is an even bigger one. They are so much more than the comic relief. I really wish I could sit and have dinner with them even if it was somewhat chaotic. They are my second favorite book family after the Weaslys (from the HP series). Afetr reading 'After You', I was not completely sold on ambulance Sam and the relationship with Lou but I am now. I grew to love him too. The book was sweet, fun, and somewhat campy too. I even shed a few tears towards the end. It was trademark Moyes. I was rather hesistant at first but this book is the perfect swan song for Lou. All I can say is, its been a pleasure. Thanks Mrs. Moyes for the ride.I don't know if this is even a possiblity, but I would love to see this on the big screen. If for nothing else, than for the fashion and those bumble bee tights.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    Jojo Moyes has done it again! I’ve been waiting and waiting for this 3rd book to come out by this author. The first “Me Before You” and the 2nd book “After You” were fabulous!! I was a little worried I wouldn’t remember the 2 prior books since I read them so long ago. But it was fine. This 3rd book is TERRIFIC!!! I loved everything about this book. I’d give this book 10 stars if I could!! If you liked the other 2 as I did, then you need to read this one too!!!
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  • Kristie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story. Though, I have to admit that Louisa's relationships walked the edge what I find acceptable in stories. Sorry to be annoyingly vague here, but I would hate to ruin any part of the story. Let's just say that things didn't go smoothly and some aspects were just shy of being pet peeves of mine.I found the humor to be spot on through the majority of the book. Often, I find that books that try to be humorous go over the top and miss the mark. This one did a much better job I really enjoyed this story. Though, I have to admit that Louisa's relationships walked the edge what I find acceptable in stories. Sorry to be annoyingly vague here, but I would hate to ruin any part of the story. Let's just say that things didn't go smoothly and some aspects were just shy of being pet peeves of mine.I found the humor to be spot on through the majority of the book. Often, I find that books that try to be humorous go over the top and miss the mark. This one did a much better job and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. In addition, I love the characters. Some of them have really grown on me. I feel like Moyes is really excellent at making you feel like you know the characters in her books. I was engaged throughout and found myself thinking of the story at random moments. It wasn't Me Before You. It won't change your life. But, it was entertaining and a good story. I would definitely recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and Pamela Dorman Books for providing me with a free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. Previous reviews: I have to admit that I don't really think this series needs another book, but I'll probably read it anyway.12/22/17 - Just received a copy through NetGalley. I'll definitely read it now.
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