This month’s book review is one of the best reads I have had in a long time. Still Me by Jojo Moyes, which was released on 25th January 2018.
I am going to give you a summary of all three books in the Lou Clark Series, because believe me you will want to read them all, and if you have, you want to read them again.
Me Before You
Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she know she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to love. He knows everything feels small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to it.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then one night it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep that promise, she has to invite them in.
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.
For me, Lou Clark will be a character that will stick with me. She is probably one of my favourite female fiction characters. The reason being is that she is your normal, relatable, down to earth character that isn’t perfect. It can be a rare thing to find such a relatable character that you feel is basically you. You blush and cringe when she does, you feel the butterflies of her embarrassment and you feel the sadness and loneliness that she experiences.
Jojo Moyes has an extraordinary talent of creating characters like Lou. She certainly knew what she was doing when she was creating this series. It has made me laugh, sob my heart out, blush, nervous, broken my heart and made me believe in true love all in one go. The Woman is a creative genius.
*************There are some spoilers about the first two novels in the series if you haven’t read them************
Will Traynor is a character that is very hard to forget, and it’s pretty clear that Lou Clark will never forget him. He was the first person to accept Lou and all her quirkiness and also the first person to make her believe in herself. He convinced her to live her life for herself and to the fullest. He was the first man that she truly fell in love with. Their friendship was unique and very special. They had a true and honest connection. They both had huge effects on each others lives. They pushed each other to do things they would never think or expect to do in their lifetime. And in the end Lou made sure the Will went happy. She may not have known him for as long as she wished but she will love him forever. What she doesn’t realise is that Will Traynor will be a major influence in all the life choices that she will make from now on. He will always remain in her heart, and he will always be that small voice in her end that pushes her forward and not backwards in life. We see this a lot more in the newest book of the series.
It’s almost like she walks in his footsteps in New York. He is the main reason she was able to go and do the job that Nathan suggested her for. And I really have to say that Will definitely dictated the experience she had. The main reason being that she promised Will that she would live, she made herself a promise to say “yes” to anything new, which was something Will taught her.
The friendships that she makes in New York are very heart-warming to read. You feel like finally, Lou Clark deserves love and friends and a chance to experience. As we know from the previous books in the series, Lou hasn’t been to luckiest when it comes to love, even with Will, she didn’t get the time that she wished she could have had with him. I think then, everyone after, she compares them too much to Will and no one will ever match up to Will. Will was certainly different and special to everyone she dated. That was until Sam, dreamy, prince charming Sam. They seem to get each other, they have suffered similar experience and heart-break which means that they each understand the others pain and don’t judge each other for holding on to that person.
But sadly, Lou new job in New York puts a huge strain on the already new relationship. Where everything is supposed to be new and loving and you never wanted to be away from the other person. But Lou and Sam have been pulled miles apart. I felt myself rooting for their relationship to work and get through the struggles, but it makes you wonder if they can made it through.
The one thing that really stood out for me in this book, is that opportunities can present themselves in the strangest ways and from the most random of situations, we just need to be like Lou and say yes. Lou has shown me being saying yes to different, scary, daunting, new and exciting things, that dreams can really happen, if you work hard enough and be willing to open yourself to accept anything that comes your way.
There are some many things that I could talk about with this book. There are so many happy things that you love and things that happen that make you clench your stomach and then, all be it a lot less in this book, you need to grab the tissues. There is a very special relationship that Lou builds in New York with the person you would least expect but believe me when I tell you, you have to read it to truly discover it. It’s the friendship that makes Lou realise that she shouldn’t have to hide her real self, her personality or her fashion sense, this friendship makes Lou feel the way Will made her feel, perfect and accepted, it’s the one that makes Lou live her dreams the only way that Will wanted her to do so.
Let me know if you have read the series or if it’s on your to read pile!!