Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication date: January 23rd, 2018
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 489
Series: Me Before You #3
Lou Clark knows too many things . . .
She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London.
She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down.
Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt.
Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.
Warning: Spoilers from Me Before You and After You
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” – Will Traynor, Me Before You
From the moment I turned to the first page of Still Me and I hear Lou’s voice in my head, I knew I’ve reconnected with an old, dear friend. That was my emotion the entire time I read Still Me. A part of me has found home in Lou’s life and her emotions have become my own.
Hands down Me Before You was truly heartbreaking for me and remains one of my favourite fiction/romance reads. Its sequel After You did not live up to the hype of its predecessor and whilst I could find reasons to enjoy it, After You felt very lackluster. But Still Me recovered the entire series back to its glory, because we get to see Lou in a new light which still feels oddly familiar.
But don’t be fooled by the blurb! While it gives off the vibe of a romance-y novel in the making, Still Me focuses more on Lou’s new adventure as the strong-headed Agnes Gopnik’s assistant. She finds herself in New York, a place where Will once worked and lived in years before. And as the months passed, Lou discovers more of herself and after a series of unfortunate events, finds herself questioning her true purpose in life.
And what Will actually meant when he said “Live Boldly, Clark“.
“I would have molded myself to fit him. I would have slowly shed the clothed that I loved, the things that I cared most about. I would have transformed my behavior, my habits, lost in the charismatic slipstream of his. I would have become a corporate wife, blaming myself for the bits of me that wouldn’t fit…”
I truly loved Still Me because we get to see how far Lou has come in figuring out what she wants in life – professionally and in relationships. As she realises how important it is to find a life purpose before diving into a relationship, I couldn’t help but feel a kindred spirit in Lou. Her babbling nature and outrageous bright outfits are a welcoming sight every time you turn the page in this book. It’s exactly like catching up with an old friend over a cup of tea.
Still Me brings more new characters into Lou’s life. Ambulance Sam plays a bigger role as we see his and Lou’s relationship develop throughout the book. Snooty New York society are the prime highlight of Still Me, of which I much enjoyed reading about. And not to forget Will’s presence is very much felt in Still Me, as it should since he helped Lou so much to break out of her shell, even after his passing. And whilst there are a few characters that didn’t really have much impact on me, overall the book’s plot and cast of characters combination played out very well.
It has been a pleasure to go on Lou’s journey of self-discovery and see her grow into such an amazing person. In Me Before You, we see an uncertain young woman dedicated to save the man she loves and in After You we witness how difficult grief is when you feel you have failed. Still Me is the story of redemption and truly living every moment to the fullest.
I’d like to think Will would have been very proud of Lou’s journey and he’s cheering on from above.
“I think at some point, dear, you’re going to have to work out who Louisa Clark is.”
Thank you Times Reads for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review!