Still Me

Still Me

by Jojo Moyes

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ISBN-13: 9780399562457
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Me Before You Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 15,479
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

JOJO MOYES is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of After You, Me Before You, The Horse Dancer, Paris for One and Other Stories, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.

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Chapter 1
 
It was the mustache that reminded me I was no longer in England: a solid, gray millipede firmly obscuring the man’s upper lip; a Village People mustache, a cowboy mustache, the miniature head of a broom that meant business. You just didn’t get that kind of mustache at home.

I couldn’t tear my eyes from it. “Ma’am?”

The only person I had ever seen with a mustache like that at home was Mr. Naylor, our maths teacher, and he collected Digestive crumbs in his—we used to count them during algebra.

“Ma’am?”

“Oh. Sorry.”

The man in the uniform motioned me forward with a flick of his stubby finger. He did not look up from his screen. I waited at the booth, long‑haul sweat drying gently into my dress. He held up his hand, waggling four fat fingers. This, I grasped after several seconds, was a demand for my passport.

“Name.”

“It’s there,” I said.

“Your name, ma’am.”

“Louisa Elizabeth Clark.” I peered over the counter. “Though I never use the Elizabeth bit. Because my mum realized after they named me that that would make me Lou Lizzy. And if you say that really fast it sounds like lunacy. Though my dad says that’s kind of fitting. Not that I’m a lunatic. I mean, you wouldn’t want lunatics in your country. Hah!” My voice bounced nervously off the Plexiglas screen.

The man looked at me for the first time. He had solid shoulders and a gaze that could pin you like a Tazer. He did not smile. He waited until my own faded.

“Sorry,” I said. “People in uniform make me nervous.”

I glanced behind me at the immigration hall, at the snaking queue that had doubled back on itself so many times it had become an impenetrable, restless sea of people. “I think I’m feeling a bit odd from standing in that queue. That is honestly the longest queue I’ve ever stood in. I’d begun to wonder whether to start my Christmas list.”

“Put your hand on the scanner.”

“Is it always that size?”

“The scanner?” He frowned.

“The queue.”

But he was no longer listening. He was studying something on his screen. I put my fingers on the little pad. And then my phone dinged.

Mum: Have you landed?

I went to tap an answer with my free hand but he turned sharply toward me. “Ma’am, you are not permitted to use cell phones in this area.”

“It’s just my mum. She wants to know if I’m here.” I surreptitiously tried to press the thumbs‑up emoji as I slid the phone out of view.

“Reason for travel?”

What is that? came Mum’s immediate reply. She had taken to texting like a duck to water and could now do it faster than she could speak. Which was basically warp speed.
 
—You know my phone doesn’t do the little pictures. Is that an SOS? Louisa tell me you’re okay.
 
“Reasons for travel, ma’am?” The mustache twitched with irritation.

He added, slowly: “What are you doing here in the United States?”

“I have a new job.”

“Which is?”

“I’m going to work for a family in New York. Central Park.”

Just briefly, the man’s eyebrows might have raised a millimeter. He checked the address on my form, confirming it. “What kind of job?”

“It’s a bit complicated. But I’m sort of a paid companion.”

“A paid companion.”

“It’s like this. I used to work for this man. I was his companion, but I would also give him his meds and take him out and feed him. That’s not as weird as it sounds, by the way—he had no use of his hands. It wasn’t like something pervy. Actually my last job ended up as more than that, because it’s hard not to get close to people you look after and Will—the man—was amazing and we . . . Well, we fell in love.” Too late, I felt the familiar welling of tears. I wiped at my eyes briskly. “So I think it’ll be sort of like that. Except for the love bit. And the feeding.”

The immigration officer was staring at me. I tried to smile. “Actually, I don’t normally cry talking about jobs. I’m not like an actual lunatic, despite my name. Hah! But I loved him. And he loved me. And then he . . . Well, he chose to end his life. So this is sort of my attempt to start over.” The tears were now leaking relentlessly, embarrassingly, from the corners of my eyes. I couldn’t seem to stop them. I couldn’t seem to stop anything. “Sorry. Must be the jet lag. It’s something like two o’clock in the morning in normal time, right? Plus I don’t really talk about him anymore. I mean, I have a new boyfriend. And he’s great! He’s a paramedic! And hot! That’s like winning the boyfriend lottery, right? A hot paramedic?”

I scrabbled around in my handbag for a tissue. When I looked up the man was holding out a box. I took one. “Thank you. So, anyway, my friend Nathan—he’s from New Zealand—works here and he helped me get this job and I don’t really know what it involves yet, apart from looking after this rich man’s wife who gets depressed. But I’ve decided this time I’m going to live up to what Will wanted for me, because before I didn’t get it right. I just ended up working in an airport.”
I froze. “Not—uh—that there’s anything wrong with working at an airport! I’m sure immigration is a very important job. Really important. But I have a plan. I’m going to do something new every week that I’m here and I’m going to say yes.”

“Say yes?”

“To new things. Will always said I shut myself off from new experiences. So this is my plan.”

The officer studied my paperwork. “You didn’t fill the address section out properly. I need a zip code.”

He pushed the form toward me. I checked the number on the sheet that I had printed out and filled it in with trembling fingers. I glanced to my left, where the queue at my section was growing restive. At the front of the next queue a Chinese family was being questioned by two officials. As the woman protested, they were led into a side room. I felt suddenly very alone.

 The immigration officer peered at the people waiting. And then, abruptly, he stamped my passport. “Good luck, Louisa Clark,” he said.

I stared at him. “That’s it?”

“That’s it.”

I smiled. “Oh, thank you! That’s really kind. I mean, it’s quite weird being on the other side of the world by yourself for the first time, and now I feel a bit like I just met my first nice new person and—”

“You need to move along now, ma’am.”

“Of course. Sorry.”

I gathered up my belongings and pushed a sweaty frond of hair from my face.

“And, ma’am . . .”

“Yes?” I wondered what I had got wrong now.

He didn’t look up from his screen. “Be careful what you say yes to.”

Reading Group Guide

1. In Still Me, Lou has crossed the ocean to New York City—the first time she’s been to America. As a Brit herself, Moyes spent time in New York researching the city for the novel. Do you think she’s done a good job portraying New York City and the mannerisms of Americans? What details might Moyes have focused on if Lou had visited your own city or town?

2. Agnes bemoans her relationships with her old friends, telling Lou she has fallen out of touch with them since marrying Mr. Gopnik. She says her new wealth—and the financial disparity among her friends—is the culprit. Has money ever created a rift between you and a friend? If so, how did you resolve it? If unresolved, what did you learn from the experience?

3. Family is a prominent theme in the book. Lou often feels at odds with being so far away from her close-knit family, which became especially poignant with Grandad’s death, while the Gopnik clan attempts to balance the strong attitudes—and secrets—among their own. Meanwhile, Mrs. De Witt is lucky enough to reclaim her long-lost family, finding support where there once was none. Did you recognize elements of yourself and your family within any of these relationships? Did you think Moyes portrayed the dynamics accurately?

4. Near the very end of the book, Lou writes to Sam, “All my life I’ve ended up looking after other people, fitting myself around what they need, what they wanted. I’m good at it.” Yet she makes the choice to follow her own dream, to put herself first for once. Do you know anyone who is like Lou in this way? Have you seen others take advantage of people who are like Lou?

5. Lou and Sam have a turbulent long-distance relationship. Lou wants them to write to each other by snail mail, which she thinks is utterly romantic and will keep them connected. He resists, and it becomes a point of contention between them. Have you ever had a long-distant relationship? Did it work? If not, why not? What could Lou and Sam have done differently in order to save their relationship?

6. In the very last scene, Lou is scrambling to find Sam, desperate to locate him and in a panic that he won’t show—how do you envision the rest of Lou’s story after this scene? Where does she go—and grow—from here?

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Still Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down the second I bought it. Louisa is such a sweet character. She's caring of others and finally finds who she really is. I just wish the book was longer because I'm curious as to what happens with her and the people in her life. The ending feels like Ms. Moyes can write one more book on Louisa Clark and give fans a chance to see Louisa in her newly discovered sense of self & to see the life she will build for herself and see how her relationship with Sam grows with him finally making the right choice. Overall I loved this book and again hope there is one more book in the tale of Louisa Clark!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, that’s all I can say. You have to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this third book. So enjoyed the continuing story of Louisa and he life in NYC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started with the movie. Then decided to read Me before You. Then on to the next. And just finished Still Me. It engaged me and made me think and feel. I love her writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so lovely, I just wanted to jump in it and stay with Louisa. It was wonderful. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I couldn't put it down! Wonderful book! I coudn't put it down!
18790783 More than 1 year ago
This book's description of New York is so divorced from reality that it is painful and disappointing to read. Nothing about this rings even slightly true. Such a disappointment compared to the other books about this character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love about JoJo Moyes is that there is real depth to the fairytales she weaves. While I could get nitpicky about certain plot points, who cares? I not only got completely caught up again with Lou, but I found myself laughing and crying along the way. I simply could not put the book down. I even surreptitiously read at work between meetings. Even though this is a fitting end to Louisa’s story, I do hope that there will be more books in this series down the road.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. It was perfect.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Lou is now in New York. This is a huge step in her life. She has moved across the ocean to start her life over. She is making new friends and finding her way. She is saying YES to life, per Will’s lesson. I love how she has moved on with her life and not in a small way. I found it interesting how someone can come to the NY and fit in so seamlessly. She fell in with the family she was working for, walked the streets of NY, made friends, and found a way to live again. There were a few stumbles, a few hiccups, but mostly she made the most of the opportunity she was given. I would love to have her guts and grit to take on a world that is so unknown to her. Still Me is a fast, uplifting book. I hoped for the best for Lou, I wanted her to succeed, and I needed her to finally find her happy ever after. Would she finally get it in NY or would she need to head back to the UK? I loved this book and this series. Jojo Moyes is certainly a must read author for me. I recommend picking up your own copy right away and getting to know Louisa Clark.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Once again, enjoyed following what happens to Louisa Clarke. I love this character. Cried and laughed.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Let me get it straight .The style of writing is great. You want to read, you cry hard, you laugh. BUT her personality...it 's just too painful to read. In first book she looked like a victim , a push-over. And then, in the end, selfish and immature. I guess the ''love story'' made it bearable. In the second book i was so much annoyed, i almost didn't finish it . But now...Really? The man you are supposed to love ( not sleep with) gets sick and the only thing you can think about is sex ?? or walks in the city? ??? I really do hope the writer comes up with better protagonists, because her style is good and it's a shame to lose readers over things like that.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Can't believe it's over. We'll miss you Lou!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love Louisa Clark and her kind spirit. She makes you feel anything possible.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Not as good as the first two I read, but was enjoyable.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Perfection
Anonymous 12 months ago
Absolutely loved this book! Characters are awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book in all her quirkiness! I have read all the Louisa Clark stories and they all tie together, delightful and intriguing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this final chapter of Luisa Clark and her quirky life. Fun new characters. Loved the setting of Manhattan.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third installment in this series and although this book could be somewhat self contained, I absolutely suggest starting at book one - Me Before You. Below, I will talk about the book which could be spoilerie if you haven't read book one or two, so you have been warned! There are some controversies over the first book, but with book two and three, they are completely sweet romantic comedies, perfect for a beach bag or a rainy weekend! Still Me takes Louisa Clark to New York City where she will care for a woman in a wealthy family. She goes to the city with little details and is thrust into New York City elite. This seems to be a perfect job for her, but you know with previous books with Louisa that hijinks must ensue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed taking this journey with Louisa Clark. I've laughed and cried. Her story is a reminder to never give up on yourself and to be true to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very uplifting, delightful read. A great way to tie up the series. If you loved Me Before You & Me After You, you’ll love Still Me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased to hear of this book...a continuation of the wacky world of Louisa Clarke. It was such a wonderful story. Would love a Book 4 of her adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago