Still Me (Me Before You #3)

Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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 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?

Thoughts:

This book is going to be incredibly tough to review. I make no secret of the fact that Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I wasn’t sure about it having a sequel. I really wasn’t. I missed Will desperately even though I knew he couldn’t be a main character. Then when I heard there was going to be a third book, I really didn’t think I’d read it. I have though. I wanted to finish Louisa’s story. I’m pleased I read it, but I’m still not a fan of the series as a whole. I just wish Me Before You was a standalone.

Louisa moves to New York to assist a wealthy socialite named Agnes. Agnes isn’t very well liked in her social circles because her husband was once married to the friend of the other socialites. Agnes is a younger woman and not as well respected as her husband’s ex-wife. Louisa finds herself running around New York and attending fancy events. Her life couldn’t be more different. However, Louisa wants to maintain her relationship with boyfriend, Sam. He’s incredibly busy as a paramedic. The insecurities between them grow more and more over time. Louisa meets Josh who looks scarily similar to Will. Over Louisa’s year in New York she experiences new friendships, new challenges and both funny and sad situations.

I liked how there were references to Will in this book. He hasn’t been written out of Louisa’s life because he was clearly a massive part of it. I liked how Louisa gained strength from things that Will had said to her. That itself warmed my heart. I loved how Louisa was desperately trying to find herself. It was interesting to follow her journey after Will. Is it still bad that I’m pining after him?

As for Jojo’s writing, I can’t really fault it, she is a wonderful writer. I think I was personally satisfied (although devastated) at the end of Me Before You. It’s nice to see Louisa move on, I’m just not sure her story was engaging enough for me. She stood out in Me Before You and in my opinion, could just be any character in women’s fiction in the next two books. That said, I do think there’s a lot to enjoy in this series, which is why I’d still recommend it, it’s just the follow ups just didn’t work for me.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An easy to read book that continues Louisa’s story. It didn’t work as much as I wanted it to for me, but still lots to enjoy!

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A mega fan’s opinion of the Me Before You film

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I was really nervous about watching this film which is adapted from one of my favourite books of all time, Me Before You. I always get worried when a favourite of mine is made into a film. I worry it’ll be ruined for me. So that’s why it’s taken me so long to watch it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. I think it was a generally faithful adaptation.

If you don’t know the story of Me Before You it centres around a character called Louisa Clark ‘Lou’. She comes from a rowdy British family. Lou needs a job and takes one as a carer for quadriplegic Will Traynor. Will was a party boy until he was paralysed in a motorcycle accident two years prior. Will is sarcastic and quite standoffish to Lou at the start, but as their relationship grows, Will softens and opens up more to Lou. They share some great times together. Lou is a distraction from Will wanting to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland. When Lou finds out she is determined to show him that life is worth living. But can she do enough to change his mind?

I thought Emilia Clarke was so well cast as Lou. I remember really liking her character in the book. I loved how caring she was and how determined she was to show Will a good time despite the challenges that came with his disability. I wasn’t as keen on Will, as he wasn’t how I pictured him, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the film.

I have read a lot about how some disability groups weren’t happy with this film. They didn’t like the ending of the film and didn’t think it was an accurate representation of those living with a disability. I can totally respect that, but I do believe that it was right that they showed that Will had a choice. He is one disabled man and doesn’t represent a whole community.  I also think it’s important that there are more films with disabled characters. Why on earth shouldn’t there be?

Personally, the film didn’t hit me as hard as the book did. But it was still incredibly moving and it’s one I’m glad that I gave a chance. It may not include every single thing in the book, however, it is quite faithful and that I appreciate!

 

After You (Me Before You #2)

After You

How did I get it?:
NetGalley and I also bought the hardback copy.

Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

I wasn’t going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life. In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.

It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again. And I’m hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.

—Jojo Moyes

Thoughts:

This book has been causing me some turmoil. I’ve made no secret of the fact that Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. It really is. I highly recommend it. It is a book that moved me in so many ways. The writing is beautiful. When I heard that Jojo had written a sequel, I was terrified. I wasn’t sure I was going to read it because I didn’t want anything to taint the wonderful Me Before You. I have the same thing with the movie. Not sure I’m going to watch it. I eventually decided to pick it up and give it a go.

I’m glad I read After You, but for me, it didn’t match up to its predecessor. Don’t get me wrong, it was an easy to read book and I loved reading about Louisa again, but I missed Will. Louisa without Will breaks my heart, like it did in Me Before You. I know this book was written because Jojo kept on being asked about what happened to Louisa, but It certainly didn’t satisfy me as much as I would’ve liked it too.

I am going to talk about the positive aspects of this book, because they are definitely there. Jojo Moyes is one of my favourite writers. She just understands and portrays real people effortlessly. I loved Louisa, in Me Before You, so I loved reading about her life as she tried to tie up some loose ends in her life. The book takes place around 18 months after Will’s death, Louisa is surprised when something from Will’s past comes to haunt her. She feels she owes it to Will to sort things out.

Jojo Moyes is an amazing writer and I did enjoy reading the sequel. I’m just not sure that it added too much to the story. I just missed the Louisa and Will banter and deeply missed Will.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This is a decent read, but it was never going to match up to my favourite book of all time. I’m glad I read it though!