Monday, December 4, 2017

Review - But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
Series: This Raging Light #2
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Date Read: November 21, 2017
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★☆☆☆
Gayle Forman meets Francesca Lia Block in this dazzling story about two coma girls and the boy who connects their lives. From the author of This Raging Light, a debut that New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson calls “remarkable.”

“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”
“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then what?”
“Then we ask her to come back.”


Eden: As far as coma patients go, Eden’s lucky. She woke up. But still, she can’t shake the feeling that she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife.

Joe: Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping that Jaz, his lifelong friend, will wake up. More than anything, he wants to hear her voice again. But he’s not sure anyone can reach her.

Eden & Joe: Even though she knows it sounds crazy, Eden tells Joe that they might be able to talk to Jaz. Opening themselves up to the great unknown—and each other—Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014705-does-this-beach-make-me-look-fat
My Review

Well, this was disappointing.  I had a moment at around 50 pages in where I considered giving up on this book and I probably should have followed that instinct because I really didn't enjoy reading this book.  I did think that some sections of the book were better than others but I spent most of my reading time wanting to reach the end just so I could move on to something else. 

This book opens with Eden having  an accident that leaves her in a coma.  As she comes out of the coma, she has to slowly get back to her life which turns out to be a lot harder than you would imagine.  She feels a strong connection to another coma patient on her floor Jaz and eventually forms a bound with Jaz's frequent visitor, Joe. 

One of the key parts of the book revolved around what Eden experiences while in the coma.  I really found that entire section of the book to be more confusing than interesting.  I had to go back and read parts of that section several times and was still quite confused.  It made sense by the end of the book but I had lost interest by that point.

I thought that the parts of the book involving Joe were much better.  Joe was my favorite character in the book by a large margin.  He was really a good guy.  Eden and Joe's relationship was interesting and a bit unusual.  Unfortunately, it seemed to take a really long time for the relationship between these two to even get started.

I will not be recommending this book to others.  I am sure that some people will enjoy it a lot more than I did.  I was able to get through the book and would be open to trying other works by Estelle Laure.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalley.
About the Author

Estelle Laure believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her family. Her work is translated widely around the world. Visit her at estellelaure.com and on Twitter at @starlaure.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

18 comments:

  1. I do wonder about the dragged back thing but on other hand...meh

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    1. It was pretty meh for me. Others like it so you never know.

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  2. Sorry about the letdown. I will definitely be skipping this one. Since I have a hard time DNF'ing, I probably would feel compelled to read to the end and you saved me!

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    1. I did get through it but it wasn't a book that I will fondly remember.

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  3. Sounds like some of those stories where the author attempts to create a bit of mystery early on and all it did was confuse you with the revelation coming too late. Glad the hero at least was a bright spot for you.

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    1. I think that the coma state was supposed to be unreal but it was just too confusing for me.

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  4. This is new to me. It does seem a bit interesting from the blurb, but after reading your review I'm iffy. Sorry you didn't enjoy the story and only wanted to finish it asap. At least you liked Joe's character and some parts of the book. Thanks for your honest review.

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    1. Some readers really did enjoy it. It just wasn't for me.

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  5. I'm sorry to hear this one wasn't for you :( It's always the worst when part of the plot don't make sense, but at least there were some parts of it you enjoyed. Hope your next read is better :)

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    1. It was not for me at all. I have had several great reads since this book so all is good.

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  6. I enjoyed the first book so much. I am really sad to hear you were disappointed.

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    1. You may enjoy this one, Sam. Don't let my review stop you from giving it a chance.

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  7. I have learned to trust my gut, and set books aside. If everyone ends up loving it, I will revisit because sometimes it's just me.

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    1. I need to trust my dnf instinct a little more :)

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  8. Sorry this one did not work. I think I will pass.

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    1. I would try another book by this author. I have heard great things about This Raging Light.

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  9. Hard pass on this one. The concept is interesting but it sounds like the execution didn't live up to it. Books that have so confused that I have to flip back and reread drive me crazy!

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