Blurb: Elsa is spending her 30th birthday in the hospital, in the bed where she’s lain for five months after a terrible mountain-climbing accident. Unable to speak, see, or move, she appears to be in an irreversible coma, and her family is facing the devastating reality that it might be time to turn off her life support. They don’t realize that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them she’s still there.
Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother who’s just been injured in an accident that killed two young girls. Needing refuge from the family turmoil, Thibault looks for an empty room and stumbles upon Elsa. Deciding she won’t mind, he settles down to enjoy the quiet, but the silence becomes oppressive, awkward. He can hardly believe this beautiful stranger isn’t just sleeping. So he begins to speak, never expecting and answer.
He begins to visit Elsa regularly. For Elsa, Thibault’s visits are like a breath of fresh air. Finally, someone who speaks to her as if she is her normal self, who makes her laugh, and who gives her something to fight for. As Thibault learns more about her through her family and friends, his feelings for his silent companion begin to deepen and when he talks to her he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word. As their connection grows, the doctors deliver a shocking blow to her family. Is it possible that Thibault knows something no one else does, and can reach her before it’s too late?
And so beings a love story that might just save both their lives…
Review: With the exception of school, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve read a physical book. I can honestly say The Twilight Saga was the last book book I’ve read. Since then everything has pretty much been on my Kindle. So when I was asked to review I’m Still Here(Je Suis La`) by Clelie Avit and it was the physical book I was excited. It had been awhile since I’ve actually sat down and felt the paper, turned pages, enjoyed the “new book” smell. Well, enough about my bookgasm let’s talk about the actual story!
Loved it! This story was different than what I was used to. The book, originally in French and translated into English, is written wonderfully. You get so drawn into these characters that you can’t help but root for Elsa and feel so strongly for Thibault. Told in alternating POVs this book is very emotional, which isn’t hard to imagine considering one person is in a coma. I found myself often sympathizing with Thibault as he was warring with his emotions over his drunk-driving brother and his growing affections for Elsa. Then I was also rooting for Elsa to wake up because being trapped in your own mind has got to be hard.
Reading from Elsa’s point of view was the most interesting. Her sensations were all but gone and the only way she could describe things were based on what she was hearing. Can you imagine that? Le sigh….So if you are looking for a different type of romance novel this is definitely it. I give it 4.5 stars folks, check it out!
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