Just The Way I Am by Jo Watson

A beautiful romance with an added layer – an absolute delight to read!

I received an advanced copy of this from Headline Eternal on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.

Just The Way I Am by Jo Watson
384 Pages
Out Now

Opening Line: I imagined the moment of my death would be different to this.

‘Zoe’ is having a very bad day. As if getting trapped in a faulty elevator wasn’t bad enough, losing her memory has made it much worse. If there’s one piece of luck, it’s that the paramedic on the scene, Noah, is both kind and a handsome distraction…

Now a completely blank canvas, with the help of Noah, ‘Zoe’ is excited to fill her world with colour, creativity and sweet and spicy food. She just knows from the tips of her toes, right to her fleek brows, that these things were all part of her make-up.

But when her identity is traced, the life ‘Zoe’ was living before the accident bears no resemblance to that of the person she’s convinced she is. What happened to make her world so narrow and colourless?

And now she has the chance to start over, is it time to let the real Zoe out?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve read a lot of books by Jo Watson and they’re always my go to if I’m in the mood for some gorgeous romance, therefore I couldn’t wait to give this a read.

However, whilst this is of course your typical Watson romance, let me tell you now, this book is so much more than just ‘girl meets boy’. This book will take you on a journey that touches on some very important subjects and will definitely leave you feeling emotional.

This story follows Zoe / Zenobia who we are briefly introduced to at the end of Truly, Madly, Like Me (If you’ve not read that then you absolutely should – you can read my review for it HERE) as we see what happened to her after the elevator accident.

With her memory gone, to the point she doesn’t even know her own name, the reader joins her on her road to recovery as she tries to piece together memories, from the food she loves to the types of clothes she wears. This of course is all done with the help of the gorgeous Noah. Along the way there are some brilliant and hilarious moments as she goes about reliving her teenage years again too.

The romance is there as always and is guaranteed to make you swoon, but as already mentioned this book runs so much deeper than that and my absolute favourite part is near the end (no spoilers) when something is revealed between them both and I actually got goosebumps. I just did not see it coming at all – I really wasn’t expecting a moment like that but it was absolutely beautiful and the perfect way to wrap everything up.

Overall this was an intricate and delicate romance with themes of loss, love, self discovery and a little bit of fate thrown in too!

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