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

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

A story like this one begs for complexity, nuance, pain, reconciliation, redemption, and more. Maybe then love can be credible. Of course we root for Elsa to show promise of recovery in time. And of course we hope she and Thibault live happily ever after. It’s just that the road to that rainbow seems curiously devoid of all the struggles...
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

<!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> 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...

 

About Clelie Avit

See more books from this Author
Clélie Avit est née en 1986 et a grandi en Auvergne. Elle a fait ses études à Lyon avant de devenir professeur de physique-chimie. Elle enseigne également la danse.Elle est la lauréate du Prix Nouveau Talent 2015 de la Fondation Bouygues Telecom.
 
Published August 23, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing.
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for I'm Still Here
All: 2 | Positive: 0 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on May 30 2016

Avit demands that the reader suspend a little too much disbelief, as Thibault not only finds the unresponsive Elsa attractive, but also allows her to become the center of his life and dreams. A sometimes-uncomfortable “Sleeping Beauty.”

Read Full Review of I'm Still Here (Je Suis Là) | See more reviews from Kirkus

NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Elayne Clift on Oct 04 2016

A story like this one begs for complexity, nuance, pain, reconciliation, redemption, and more. Maybe then love can be credible. Of course we root for Elsa to show promise of recovery in time. And of course we hope she and Thibault live happily ever after. It’s just that the road to that rainbow seems curiously devoid of all the struggles...

Read Full Review of I'm Still Here (Je Suis Là) | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
×