I'm Still Here by Clelie Avit
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher ARC
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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? - via GoodReads
I wanted to read I’m Still Here by Clelie Avit when I saw that fans of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes would enjoy this book. I was gutted by Me Before You. I was so attached to Lou and Will and I wanted a similar attachment. I enjoyed I’m Still Here for sure but I don’t think that I would put it in the same category as Me Before You.
Thibault is a pretty emotional guy. He’s got a lot going on in his life when he “meets” Elsa. In Elsa, he finds peace. He can go to her room and literally nothing is required of him. I found him to be an incredibly interesting character and he didn’t have to do much to keep me entertained. Thibault is the kind of guy that you wouldn’t mind taking home to your parents. He is single and he offers to watch his infant godniece so her parents can get a much needed break over a weekend. How many single men do you know who would do that?
I wish I could say more about Elsa but the fact is that there is much more of a tell rather than show approach for her character. After all she is comatose. It would almost have to be this way because no one is really interacting with her. I still found her to be someone I would want to know.
I really found this book to hard to put down. It still kind of boggles my mind because it wasn’t necessarily a fast paced book. I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. I think that alternating perspectives between chapters was brilliant and totally kept me coming back for more. The pacing was probably the best part for me. I enjoyed Thibault and Elsa a lot but I know that if the story had lagged I could have walked away from this one.
On the shorter side of 256 pages, I’m Still Here by Clelie Avit kept me motivated and ready for more. The characters are enjoyable and it did leave me with a smile on my face!