Still Me: A Novel

Jojo Moyes
From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa ClarkLouisa 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 is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world. Before she knows what's happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. 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?

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Reviewed: 2018-08-10

The quirky young British heroine, Louisa Clark, returns in this follow-up to Me Before You and After You.  The first one was the big hit which became a major movie.  (I'm too lazy to go into storlines, Google it if you're interested.)   I was a bit disappointed with the first book.  I didn't rate it at the time, although I think it would be a 7.5.  The numoerous recommendations for the book sounded 9-ish.   After You would probably be a '6' at a stretch, and with this one I settled on a 6.5.    Louisa Clark seems to be very closely related to Bridget Jones -  British, young, funny, caring, clumsy, funky dresser, romantic challenges.   I predict a fourth book where Louisa will have a baby (after Bridget Jone's Baby).  It may be called Now Us.  The knowledge that I will most likely read it, and the Bridget Jone's comparison, helps me make my peace with my lingering disappointment:  I must just admint that Jojo Moyes writes the literary equivalent of the romantic comedy movie genre -  'chic lit'.   Even Me Before You, for all the topics it tackled, fits in this genre.  My internal scoring system possibly has a glass ceiling for this genre, and Me Before You already bumped up against it. 

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