I’m Still Here – Clélie Avit

ISBN: 9781473626768. Hodder & Stoughton. 4th May 2017. Translated by Lucy Foster. With thanks to Bookbridgr for supplying my paperback copy.

A modern-day Sleeping Beauty story of love and hope, for fans of Jojo Moyes.
Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family and doctors are having to face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support… They don’t realise 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 there.
Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver responsible for the deaths of two teenage girls. Thibault’s emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa’s room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping.
Thibault begins to visit Elsa regularly. As he learns more about her through her family and friends, he begins to realise that he is developing feelings for her. And when he talks to her, he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word…
For Elsa, his visits are like a breath of fresh air. Here is finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real life person. Who makes her laugh. And who gives her something to fight for…
And so begins a love story that might just save both their lives…

I enjoyed this book so much. The cover is a beautiful shade of pink with flowers being a bed for a female. It’s only a small book, but powerful all the same.

The writing was very well done. The fact that it is translated makes no difference to the story. It flowed wonderfully.

At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like it that much, but by a third of the way through I was hooked. This book was filled with such an emotional roller-coaster. I found myself laughing and crying throughout.

I grew so attached to the characters that when the book was finished, I felt like I’d parted with great friends. The ending itself left me wanting more. Wanting to see what they choose to do next.

I can’t wait to try more from Clélie Avit in the future!

5 out of 5 stars.

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