Sunday, September 18, 2016

I'm Still Here (Je Suis Là) by Clélie Avit

5 Star

A modern take on Sleeping Beauty, for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Elsa is spending her thirtieth birthday in the hospital bed where she's lain for months after a devastating mountain accident. Unable to speak, see, or move, she appears to be in an irreversible coma, but her friends and family don't know that she's regained the power of hearing.

That day, a stranger named Thibault enters the hospital to visit his brother, who's just been injured in an accident that killed two young girls. He instead seeks refuge in the room where Elsa lies, and quickly becomes intrigued by the young woman, returning day after day to sit beside her, convinced that his words are being heard.

As their connection grows, the doctors deliver a devastating blow to her family. Is it possible that Thibault knows something no one else does, and can he reach her before it's too late? 

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

From the moment I picked up this book, I knew that I was going to love it. A wonderful and all encompassing read, I fell in love with all of the characters from the get go. Elsa and Thibault were both charming in their own ways and to be honest, I would never have guessed that this book was a translation. The chapters were short, which I love, and alternated between their perspectives which I also find helps make a story be complete.

I read this book while on vacation which made me enjoy my ability to laze around and fall into the story while falling in love with it. I kept wanting to page ahead to see what was ultimately going to happen as I so wanted for there to be a fairy tale ending for these star crossed non-lovers.

I really enjoyed seeing the different ways people treated Elsa who was in a coma and could only imagine how I would feel being either in her place or her loved ones. It definitely gave me something to think about aside from the obvious main point of the book, which was the blossoming love.

A fantastic and captivating love story from an author I can't wait to hear more from! 

Thank you to Hachette Books for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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