5 Stars for Lou Clark's Return in Still Me
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Louisa Clark is back... and she is, true to the title, still the fun-loving, quirky, bumble bee tights wearing girl we all fell in love with in Me Before You.
I was ecstatic to see this series continue because in honesty, I wasn't pleased with the ending of After You. In Me Before You, Louisa won me over with her witty charm, penchant for saying crazy things, and her lovable family. I wanted to be best friends with her, and I was rooting for her success.
Then, of course, Me Before You gutted my soul. If you haven't read Me Before You yet...do. And grab your tissues.
I understand why After You needed to be what it was. Still, I was left utterly disappointed. Louisa Clark was flat in After You. I missed her humor and charm. I missed her zest for life.
Still Me proves that even after horrific loss, you can find yourself again. Lou is able to reconnect with the girl she was with Will Traynor. She's able to find her exuberance for life and her passion. However, after all she's been through, she is a little different. How could she not be? In this story, Lou has to reconcile the girl she was before Will and the woman she wants to be now.
I loved the premise of this book. Lou moving to New York City was exciting and vibrant. I loved watching her explore and figure herself out. I also love the problems she encountered living with an extremely wealthy family. I thought it was imaginative and gave me a glimpse at a very different lifestyle than Lou's and my own.
Jojo Moyes did a great job at showing Lou's indecisiveness at this stage of life, something so many twentysomethings can relate to. Lou doesn't have it all figured out, and that gave me hope for myself. I liked watching her figure out who she is and what she wants.
I also enjoyed the romantic elements in the book. I thought Jojo Moyes presented a realistic problem for Lou and carried it through. I was thoroughly satisfied with the ending, which made me happy.
I am so thankful Jojo Moyes wrote this book and didn't leave Lou where she was at the end of After You. All in all, I thought this was an amazing addition to the series and helped get Lou back to a resemblance of the girl we fell in love with in Me Before You.
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