Today I’m reviewing a fiction book, “Still Me” by Jojo Moyes. I was looking for a sweet fiction book to read and found this one because several bloggers were posting about it. It was obviously sent to them for free, but I was needing something to read so I went ahead and just bought it when I saw it at Target. I read a couple chapters each week since picking it up in February but finally finished it on the cruise a few weeks ago.
The story is about Louisa Clark and her journey from England to NYC to be a personal assistant for the wife of a very wealthy businessman in New York City while balancing a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend, Sam.
This book is rather large–around 400 pages–but the story is easy to get into and follow. “Still Me” is the perfect book if you want something to read casually over a few weeks. It’s not a story that’s going to suck you in so much that you can’t sleep until you finish it. To me, that’s a positive because I wasn’t looking for that kind of book.
Louisa Clark is a likable main character whose character development throughout the book is somewhat unexpected. When I was about halfway through the book, I had no idea how there was so much story left. I was pleasantly surprised at the journey Moyes took Louisa on. The most surprising of all characters was Mrs. De Witt, the next door neighbor to Louisa’s employers. There is more to her than meets the eye and it was sweet to watch that unfold. I even found myself being a little heartbroken at one point.
Of course, there’s a little romance in Louisa’s life. She’s come through a tough period after her boyfriend died and has started dating a paramedic named Sam. The distance is tough on them, and there are other suitors tugging at the attention of both Louisa and Sam. It’s an extremely realistic portrayal of how relationships progress in the midst of new seasons of life. Like Louisa, I felt confused about what she was supposed to do. No one guy is perfect or clearly perfect for Louisa, unlike many fictional romance stories.
At its core, “Still Me” is about taking chances while staying true to yourself. For anyone who has ever wanted to do something outside their comfort zone, the story of Louisa Clark is inspiring and quintessential New York City for struggling 20 somethings. You’ll find yourself cheering her on and sympathizing with her as an employee of the extremely rich, as a girl trying to figure out what she wants and as an outsider navigating her new life.
I would describe “Still Me” as a mix between The Devil Wears Prada and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Louisa is unlucky in love despite her best efforts and working for people who see nothing wrong with taking advantage of people for their own protection. Somewhere weaved in between those narratives is a story about a young woman with a big heart and a lot of perseverance. Luckily, Louisa finds out she doesn’t need a boyfriend or a boss to find her place in the world.
My Review: 8/10
What I Loved
Louisa’s reason for dumping her boyfriend
Mrs. De Witt’s sass
How realistic the story was
Louisa’s hilariously bad luck
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.