Still Me: A Novel by Jojo MoyesStill Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

Still Me: A Novel

byJojo Moyes

Hardcover | January 30, 2018

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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. Gift the anticipated final book in the series this holiday.

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 find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she discovers who she is and who she was always meant to be—and learns to live boldly in her brave new world.
Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Still Me, After You, Me Before You, The Horse Dancer, Paris for One and Other Stories, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.
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Title:Still Me: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.31 × 6.38 × 1.28 inPublished:January 30, 2018Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great. Love Lou and her adventures, but it didn't captivate me the same way as the first book. Would still recommend the read though!
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! After reading me before you, I had been involve with this series. I absolutely loved each novel in this series. I fell involve with Will Trainor and Louisa Clarkes relationship in the first novel and was only too happy to follow her story. This being the 3rd novel of the series I was only too happy to once again see a story bout Ms. Louisa, I can only hope a movie will follow along again.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good follow up to the first 2 I like the story line, how the characters have evolved cute and quirky like the first 2
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but... Took me a while to get into this book. Once I did, I enjoyed it. In the end, it was good, but not as good as Me Before You.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Me I really liked Me Before You so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not disappoint.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Me Before You is one of my absolutely favourite books. After You was good, but felt unnecessary. But this one felt like a needed continuation from the sequel and was even better than I expected. While it still doesn't compare to Me Before You, it was a fantastic story with lots of emotion and Lou is such a great character. I'm glad that I got to read about her time in NYC!
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still not that great This one was definitely better than it's prequel After You, but still nowhere comparable to Me Before You. Happy to know that Lou's life seem to be finally back on track, but honestly it just feels like it really wasn't all that necessary for Lou's "life after Will" to be written as a novel, and definitely not two novels...
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NYC Let’s start off with this : I was VERY reluctant to read this book. I loved Me Before You, but extremely let down by After Me. When I heard that Still Me was coming out, I really didn’t know what to think (was this another grab for money? – Jojo Moyes did say Me Before You was supposed to be a standalone…). With time, and the fact that I kept seeing this book everywhere, I decided to give it a shot (plus, I love Lou!). I’m glad I did. Like a lot of people, this book was far better than After You, although not as good as Me Before You. Yet, it still had it’s flaws. To be honest, I only got into the book after 70 pages – reading late last night and the time change has not been my best friend today. There were definitely times where the pacing was slow, and at times boring. I didn’t really love the ending romance wise. But I did love how Lou discovered herself and figured out her life. There are a lot of unlikeable characters, some of whom redeem themselves (yay!). What got me the most was Sam… although I didn’t like After Me, I still had hope for Sam and Lou.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another thrilling book I absolutely have fallen in love with Louisa Clark and reading about her life. Each book in this series leaves me wanting more - I cannot put them down once I start reading. It is always great to see what happens to characters after the main story is told and I love that the flow of this book - all the humour and pace is exactly like all the others.... Definitely recommend this.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Lousia At first I forgot what Louisa Clark was doing in life but slowly, Jojo Moyes engulfed me back into her quirky story. Unexpected and familiar all at the same time.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Louisa in NYC At first, I was like "Louisa Clark in NYC?" Sounds kind of ridiculous - almost like Moyes ran out of ideas. But as I kept reading, I really enjoyed this new backdrop and the whole England/North America thing, which I can relate to. Me Before You was definitely the best book of the series (this is usually the case with sequels IMO) and After You was good (I rated it 3 stars), but I think Still Me is better. With After You, I never quite got on board with the whole Lily thing and the book as a whole felt dark and depressing. In contrast, Still Me is lighter, more adventurous, and fun. To be honest, I don't think Jojo Moyes needed to write another book about Louisa Clark, but while she's writing them, I'll be reading them! I just love Louisa's character - she's spunky and outspoken and you've got to love those bumblebee tights!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Not as good as the first but still a pretty fun read overall.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, quick read For a nice romance novel to read, this was good. I've enjoyed the other books in this series as well - not overly deep, but love-able characters.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing loved every book by this author so it's no surprise that I loved this one as much as the others!
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL STORY It's definitely worth reading! I laughed and cried while reading this book, Jojo Moyes is such a talented writer.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! This book was an excellent continuation of Me before you and After you! I have loved following Louisa on her journey of discovering who she was and falling in love! Such a great book! I loved every word on every page!!!
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from satisfying conclusion I did not like book #2 at all. I was so disappointed by Louisa. In this one, she learns to ask for what she wants and finally discovers who she is. She goes through a lot of growth. Happy ending. I predicted some of the major plot pieces but that's OK.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! It was not as good as the first book, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the New York setting as I used to live there. It was fun to follow Louisa's journey.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L Super love this book, so so writing though. Oh well
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Ending I was not planning on buying this book, since I picked up a copy at the library the day it came out. But reading it I realized that I loved it so much I wanted to own it. It sums up love and New York, perfect Jojo Moyes classic and it really concludes the trilogy with a bang. Read it in a couple days!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perfect Ending I loved Me Before You. I was absorbed into the story and the characters. When Will died, I felt my heart hurt for Louisa. I felt like After You took a turn into some choppy, random waters, and this book, Still Me returned everything to shore in the best way. I couldn't put it down and I highly recommend it even if you weren't a fan of After You.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved the best for last The story was really engaging and a quick read. It was a great ending to Louisa's story and how she finally found herself after losing Will and her accident.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Ending Although I still believe Me Before You is the best in the series, I think this was a good ending to Louisa's story. I felt that this series didn't need to be made into a series, and was a little disappointed with After You, but this was a good conclusion. We finally saw Lou "living boldly" and finding herself, which she failed to do in the aftermath of Will's death in After You. Its a fun and enjoyable read for the most part, and a heartwarming conclusion to this characters journey.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read I thought this book was well worth the read. Having read the first two books some time ago, I was happy to be reminded of such a vibrant character. I found that this one had more facets than her previous novels. While some of it was predictable, there were still some minor elements of surprise. If you liked the first two, you will still want to read this
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Character development plateaued While it is a good story, I felt that Lou as a character has been overdone and overused. She doesn't seem to be the same Lou we all know and love, but rather a character forced into another story
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good closure I don't love how Lousia moves on from Will (mainly cause I wish he had lived) but it was great to see her happy with someone else and really finding herself. It was great closure for the series, wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay. not as good as me before you, but a good read if you like romance novels!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from She does it again Since me before you I have been following this series and I still thoroughly enjoy each book just as much as the one before. Highly recommend reading all of them.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lost Well now I know why I didnt enjoy the book so much, it was a series and I onl read this book. Me Before You? Maybe I should watch this movie for some back story to accompany this book I enjoyed but didn't love #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Finally! I am glad they ended the book series. The second read was a little depressing. I hope they make the second and third instalment into movies as well.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grest book I loved the first two books and this third was a good ending to her story
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Continuation I really enjoyed the previous two novels in this series and this new addition does not disappoint. Couldn't put the book down. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You've done it again Moyes My jaw dropped after hearing a third installment of this delightful story. I'm not finish yet with the book but I absolutely in love with what's next for Louisa Clark! <3
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Just finished it and already can't wait to read it again!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Louisa adventure continues on! This book is fantastic! I want the story of Louisa to continue on. Jojo Moyes does a fantastic job!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story You will fall in love with all the characters, Jojo Moyes does a great job
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lou's American Tale This is a great series. Each book has a ferris wheel effect on the reader. Lou is a wonderful character and as the reader, we just want what is best for her. There were times that Still Me felt a bit long and parts of the story appearing like a ping pong effect, but that is just Moyes setting up the reader to all the pieces of the story, building the climax as well as your love for Louisa.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great novel This was a great novel and I enjoyed reading Moyes once again. I would totally recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not for me I gave up on me before you. I really don't care for the characters anymore.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will make you fall in love with Louisa Clark all over again! I will admit - I was skeptical heading into Still Me, because when it comes to Louisa as a character, I am a purest - I love the Louisa in Me Before You best. I didn't know how I would feel about her, in a life so very removed from Will and from England. Well friends, this was a lesson, because as it turns out, this is now my favourite Louisa, and Jojo Moyes has created a 5 star new adventure. Louisa has moved to New York, ready to start a new adventure, and to live up to Will's direction that she "Live boldly, Clark!" She has a new job as an assistant for the second wife of an extravagantly wealthy man, and is prepared to make her long distance relationship with Ambulance Sam work. In true Louisa form, she jumps in head first. Soon she finds herself caught up in a world so different from anything she's ever known, and keeping secrets that aren't her own - secrets that threaten to implode the delicate new life she's created. I absolutely DEVOURED this read, honestly it was so perfectly done. There is something wonderfully satisfying about watching a beloved character come into her own as a fully developed woman - and I could not stop rooting for her every step and stumble. This book made me LITERALLY laugh out loud, and shed more than one tear. Absolutely wonderful, fans of this series will NOT be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great loved the story and the characters, you could feel everything while reading this book
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was reluctant to order this book but I did! I should have gone with my but feeling because a few pages into the story I was disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great followup A great sequel to Me Before You. An easy read that you can't put down
Date published: 2018-01-07

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Chapter 1   It was the mustache that reminded me I was no longer in England: a solid, gray millipede firmly obscuring the man’s upper lip; a Village People mustache, a cowboy mustache, the miniature head of a broom that meant business. You just didn’t get that kind of mustache at home. I couldn’t tear my eyes from it. “Ma’am?” The only person I had ever seen with a mustache like that at home was Mr. Naylor, our maths teacher, and he collected Digestive crumbs in his—we used to count them during algebra. “Ma’am?” “Oh. Sorry.” The man in the uniform motioned me forward with a flick of his stubby finger. He did not look up from his screen. I waited at the booth, long‑haul sweat drying gently into my dress. He held up his hand, waggling four fat fingers. This, I grasped after several seconds, was a demand for my passport. “Name.” “It’s there,” I said. “Your name, ma’am.” “Louisa Elizabeth Clark.” I peered over the counter. “Though I never use the Elizabeth bit. Because my mum realized after they named me that that would make me Lou Lizzy. And if you say that really fast it sounds like lunacy. Though my dad says that’s kind of fitting. Not that I’m a lunatic. I mean, you wouldn’t want lunatics in your country. Hah!” My voice bounced nervously off the Plexiglas screen. The man looked at me for the first time. He had solid shoulders and a gaze that could pin you like a Tazer. He did not smile. He waited until my own faded. “Sorry,” I said. “People in uniform make me nervous.” I glanced behind me at the immigration hall, at the snaking queue that had doubled back on itself so many times it had become an impenetrable, restless sea of people. “I think I’m feeling a bit odd from standing in that queue. That is honestly the longest queue I’ve ever stood in. I’d begun to wonder whether to start my Christmas list.” “Put your hand on the scanner.” “Is it always that size?” “The scanner?” He frowned. “The queue.” But he was no longer listening. He was studying something on his screen. I put my fingers on the little pad. And then my phone dinged. Mum: Have you landed? I went to tap an answer with my free hand but he turned sharply toward me. “Ma’am, you are not permitted to use cell phones in this area.” “It’s just my mum. She wants to know if I’m here.” I surreptitiously tried to press the thumbs‑up emoji as I slid the phone out of view. “Reason for travel?” What is that? came Mum’s immediate reply. She had taken to texting like a duck to water and could now do it faster than she could speak. Which was basically warp speed.   —You know my phone doesn’t do the little pictures. Is that an SOS? Louisa tell me you’re okay.   “Reasons for travel, ma’am?” The mustache twitched with irritation.He added, slowly: “What are you doing here in the United States?” “I have a new job.” “Which is?” “I’m going to work for a family in New York. Central Park.” Just briefly, the man’s eyebrows might have raised a millimeter. He checked the address on my form, confirming it. “What kind of job?” “It’s a bit complicated. But I’m sort of a paid companion.” “A paid companion.” “It’s like this. I used to work for this man. I was his companion, but I would also give him his meds and take him out and feed him. That’s not as weird as it sounds, by the way—he had no use of his hands. It wasn’t like something pervy. Actually my last job ended up as more than that, because it’s hard not to get close to people you look after and Will—the man—was amazing and we . . . Well, we fell in love.” Too late, I felt the familiar welling of tears. I wiped at my eyes briskly. “So I think it’ll be sort of like that. Except for the love bit. And the feeding.” The immigration officer was staring at me. I tried to smile. “Actually, I don’t normally cry talking about jobs. I’m not like an actual lunatic, despite my name. Hah! But I loved him. And he loved me. And then he . . . Well, he chose to end his life. So this is sort of my attempt to start over.” The tears were now leaking relentlessly, embarrassingly, from the corners of my eyes. I couldn’t seem to stop them. I couldn’t seem to stop anything. “Sorry. Must be the jet lag. It’s something like two o’clock in the morning in normal time, right? Plus I don’t really talk about him anymore. I mean, I have a new boyfriend. And he’s great! He’s a paramedic! And hot! That’s like winning the boyfriend lottery, right? A hot paramedic?” I scrabbled around in my handbag for a tissue. When I looked up the man was holding out a box. I took one. “Thank you. So, anyway, my friend Nathan—he’s from New Zealand—works here and he helped me get this job and I don’t really know what it involves yet, apart from looking after this rich man’s wife who gets depressed. But I’ve decided this time I’m going to live up to what Will wanted for me, because before I didn’t get it right. I just ended up working in an airport.” I froze. “Not—uh—that there’s anything wrong with working at an airport! I’m sure immigration is a very important job. Really important. But I have a plan. I’m going to do something new every week that I’m here and I’m going to say yes.” “Say yes?” “To new things. Will always said I shut myself off from new experiences. So this is my plan.” The officer studied my paperwork. “You didn’t fill the address section out properly. I need a zip code.” He pushed the form toward me. I checked the number on the sheet that I had printed out and filled it in with trembling fingers. I glanced to my left, where the queue at my section was growing restive. At the front of the next queue a Chinese family was being questioned by two officials. As the woman protested, they were led into a side room. I felt suddenly very alone.  The immigration officer peered at the people waiting. And then, abruptly, he stamped my passport. “Good luck, Louisa Clark,” he said. I stared at him. “That’s it?” “That’s it.” I smiled. “Oh, thank you! That’s really kind. I mean, it’s quite weird being on the other side of the world by yourself for the first time, and now I feel a bit like I just met my first nice new person and—” “You need to move along now, ma’am.” “Of course. Sorry.” I gathered up my belongings and pushed a sweaty frond of hair from my face. “And, ma’am . . .” “Yes?” I wondered what I had got wrong now. He didn’t look up from his screen. “Be careful what you say yes to.”

Bookclub Guide

1. In Still Me, Lou has crossed the ocean to New York City—the first time she’s been to America. As a Brit herself, Moyes spent time in New York researching the city for the novel. Do you think she’s done a good job portraying New York City and the mannerisms of Americans? What details might Moyes have focused on if Lou had visited your own city or town?2. Agnes bemoans her relationships with her old friends, telling Lou she has fallen out of touch with them since marrying Mr. Gopnik. She says her new wealth—and the financial disparity among her friends—is the culprit. Has money ever created a rift between you and a friend? If so, how did you resolve it? If unresolved, what did you learn from the experience?3. Family is a prominent theme in the book. Lou often feels at odds with being so far away from her close-knit family, which became especially poignant with Grandad’s death, while the Gopnik clan attempts to balance the strong attitudes—and secrets—among their own. Meanwhile, Mrs. De Witt is lucky enough to reclaim her long-lost family, finding support where there once was none. Did you recognize elements of yourself and your family within any of these relationships? Did you think Moyes portrayed the dynamics accurately?4. Near the very end of the book, Lou writes to Sam, “All my life I’ve ended up looking after other people, fitting myself around what they need, what they wanted. I’m good at it.” Yet she makes the choice to follow her own dream, to put herself first for once. Do you know anyone who is like Lou in this way? Have you seen others take advantage of people who are like Lou?5. Lou and Sam have a turbulent long-distance relationship. Lou wants them to write to each other by snail mail, which she thinks is utterly romantic and will keep them connected. He resists, and it becomes a point of contention between them. Have you ever had a long-distant relationship? Did it work? If not, why not? What could Lou and Sam have done differently in order to save their relationship? 6. In the very last scene, Lou is scrambling to find Sam, desperate to locate him and in a panic that he won’t show—how do you envision the rest of Lou’s story after this scene? Where does she go—and grow—from here?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Still Me:“Delightful." --People“Full of charming antics. . . Entertaining.” –Associated Press  “Still Me offers a warm conclusion to the Me Before You trilogy. . . resulting in the best entry in the trilogy yet. . . Moyes has crafted a clear-eyed tale of self-discovery and the sacrifice required to live a life honestly in pursuit of the things you love. [It will] keep you sighing with delight to the very last page. A.” —Entertainment Weekly (online)“Jojo's work never fails to bring a smile to my face with her honesty, humour and empathy about what it is to be human—[Still Me is] a must read!” —Emilia Clarke “While the series may have started off as a romance, Jojo Moyes has turned Louisa Clark's story into one about learning to be, and to love, yourself.” —Bustle“You sobbed through Me Before You. You sped through After You. And now, Lou is back in Still Me. . . don’t miss this funny, romantic third installment.” —HelloGiggles“Entertaining, often very funny. . .” —Newsday“Moyes’s easy way of making you instantly care for her characters (deeply) prevails.” —goopPraise for After You:‟Jojo Moyes has a hit with After You.” —USA Today “Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy’s eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The ‘aftermath’ is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air, NPR  “The genius of Moyes . . . [is that she] peers deftly into class issues, social mores, and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet there is always resolution. It’s not always easy, it’s not always perfect, it’s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is.” —Bobbi Dumas, NPR.org “Charming.” —People  “Expect tears and belly laughs from Me Before You’s much-anticipated sequel.” —Cosmopolitan  “Moyes is at her most charming here, writing with a sense of humorous affection about family dynamics among working-class Brits. . . . A Maeve Binchy for the 21st century.” —Kirkus Reviews “[A] heart-tugger.” —Good Housekeeping “Like its predecessor [Me Before You], After You is a comic and breezy novel that also tackles bigger, more difficult subjects, in this case grief and moving on. . . . We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” —Miami Herald “Once again, Moyes delivers a heart-wrenching and relatable book about love and loss that will stay with you long after you’ve finished.” —InStyle.com   “Moyes wisely knows that life-changing events don’t always change our lives for the better. . . . After You may not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel you needed.” —Entertainment Weekly Praise for Me Before You: “A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book.” —Anne Lamott, People “When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . An affair to remember.” —The New York Times Book Review “An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears.” —O, The Oprah Magazine “Funny and moving but never predictable.” —USA Today (four stars)