Those who know me well, know that a book like Still Me isn’t normally my go to genre of choice. I prefer a dark and twisty plot (normally with a bit of murder thrown in for good measure.) However, this week I thought I’d give Jojo Moyes latest release a go and I just could not put it down.
Still Me is the third book featuring Louisa Clark; following on from Me Before You
and After You, both of which I’ve read previously. Louisa is refreshingly ordinary and the books follow her ordinary life and how everything changes when she takes a job working and caring for Will Traynor, left wheelchair bound following a tragic accident.
Me Before You, the first book featuring Louisa Clark has now been made in to a major motion picture and is a romantic tear jerker that keeps you hooked throughout, whilst raising a number of moral questions along the way (think Jodi Picoult). Now, I might not be popular here though when I say that I didn’t love After You. I felt that after Me Before You, the plot of After You was a bit of an anti climax and despite continuing Louisa’s story, it all became a bit unrealistic and cliched. However, Still Me (in my opinion) brings Louisa’s story and her journey post Will back to life and is more true to Louisa’s character.
Maybe it’s the fact that the book is set mostly in New York that made me love it so much, I’m not sure? Whatever it is, this book just has a kind of magic to it and that magic kept me gripped! I don’t want to post any spoilers but I laughed and I cried and the varied characters and twists keep the story moving along at a nice pace, so much so that I read it in under 24 hours! Thank you Jojo for providing some happy escapism this week…back to the darker twisty plots next week!