Still Me by Jojo Moyes Book Review

Hi Friends,

It has been a little quite around here. I need to do better but I’m back with y’alls favorite, a book review. So late on this

Before you get into this, you can check the book reviews on Me Before You, HERE and After You HERE. Still Me is the third book in the series.

Synopsis from goodreads.com 

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 steps into the world of the superrich …more

My thoughts

It took me forever to finish this book. Unlike the other Jojo Moyes books, I wasn’t pressed to finish it. A part of me wishes that she would have left us with Me Before You and avoided the other 2 books, but another part of me love following Louisa through her journey.

I think Jojo Moyes does a good job of recapturing the previous books for people who may not have read it. We are made to remember Louisa loss, the gift Will gave her, her meeting with Sam, Will’s daughter, etc… So I enjoyed that bit of the book.

I didn’t really LOVE the book but I enjoyed it for the most part. It felt like I was catching up with an old friend and she was just telling me about her life in a new city. I liked how Lou throughout the years branched out of her small world little by little and landed in the Big Apple. What?! I really loved how Lou regardless of what was going to happen to her kept Agnes’ secret but that is another thing I’ve always hated about Lou, she is made to appear to be some what of push over. Everyone come into her life and tries to dictate it, either aggressively or passively. The people that are meant to love her, love her half-assedly. (issa word) I was so frustrated with Sam and his selfishness.

Towards the end of the book, it appears that Lou finds herself and likes who she is. She tried to fit in the entire time and be everything for everyone but eventually she had to choose herself. It was also a good reminder on being kind. Her kindness towards people eventually paid off.

I would give this book 3 stars

Have you read Still Me? Did you like it? 

 

 

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Book Review

click HERE to buy An American Marriage (when you click on my link and make a purchase, I do get paid, so do click and buy)

Synopsis from goodreads

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to tw …more

My thoughts

A toast to my first book review of 2018. Now that that’s out of the way . . .

I enjoyed the book because of how honest it was. Tayari Jones tackled the most discussed topic Black-Americans face in United States, which is injustice with the court and legal system.  Black men being imprisoned without proper findings of guilt and then being left to carry the consequences when the truth of the innocence is ultimately revealed.

I really felt for Roy. A black man who understood that he had to work twice as hard to get ahead in life and in a matter of hours all of his efforts stripped away because he was accused by a White American woman of rape. Without the proper procedure and corrupt judicial system, we learned in the book that he was indeed innocent after serving a term of 5 years. Roy lost everything including his wife all because of being wrongly accused and convicted. As I was reading, I did feel annoyed with Roy at times because he kept reiterating what has been DONE TO HIM. Looking back, I judged him too quickly. ALL these things were DONE TO HIM, he did absolutely nothing wrong for this torture to befall him.

I will describe Celestial as what Black- Americans call the bourgeoisie, or bougie, a term to describe Black-Americans belonging in the upper middle class. Her upbringing led her to believe she could have whatever it is that she wanted in life and we can clearly see that in her relationship with her parents, friend and husband. It would have been the best romantic story if Tayari Jones gave her and her husband an happy ending, but we see the reality of how life moves on regardless of how much we’d like for it to stay the same. We see the pressure of wanting women to remain a certain way and put their life on holds for men. Although I found Celestial selfish at times, I also applaud her for taking charge of her life.

As for Andre, I don’t blame him for stealing the opportunity to get what he wants. Sometimes we miss opportunities by rationalizing everything but in the end we suffer because we weren’t brave enough to truly go after what we want. But yes, his timing was little off, but I can’t hate on him.

Overall, I think Tayari Jones delivered a solid book on the reality of some Black- Americans. I applaud her for tackling tough subjects and not sugar coating the truth. I did think that certain parts of the stories were prolonged for no reason at all. I also wish I had gotten into the mind of some of the other minor characters but that probably would have made the book to long. This was an easy summer read or vacation read.

I will give it 4/5 stars

have you read this An American Marriage? What did you think?

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo book review

Synopsis

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time- …more

My thoughts

I have such mixed feelings about this book. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down but towards the end of the book, I couldn’t really bring myself to finish it. But I did finish it eventually. I think I began struggling at the end of the book because it felt like a story that had been told before. It really reminded me of a book I had read before, so I kept thinking about that book.

I hate to say, but the book was a bit predicable but I still loved the topics it tackled like sickle cell, impotency, politics, relationships, etc… Although I’m into books that cover more than one topic, I do not like when books attempt to be political but then leave its audience hanging. Ayobami Adebayo makes several references to some kind of civil unrest that was happening but it was never fully realized. I get that wasn’t a main topic but merely a subject that brought Yejide and Akin together, but for my personal satisfaction, I would have enjoyed reading more of that.

Akin’s impotency broke my heart but also really upset me. I was upset because of the things Yejide had to go through and how he watched her go through them without confessing. That is a twisted and prideful way to love someone. I detested Akin for conniving with his brother to sleep with his wife, it just shows how much of a coward he was. But it also shows how desperate he was to show that he was a man and could have children especially since he was getting so much pressure from his mother.

Overall, I think it was a very good first book and I am looking forward to reading the next thing she writes.

Have you read Stay with me?