But Then I Came Back

But Then I Came Back

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After a month in a coma, eighteen-year-old Eden finds it hard to resume her life and relationships but forms an unlikely connection with Joe, who visits his best friend, Jaz, another coma patient, every day.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544531260 (hardback)
Call Number: TEEN FICTION LAURE

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“But then I Came Back,” by Estelle Laure, is a refreshing look into the life of an accident victim. Eden Jones is a ballerina, who, after falling into a river, suffers a month-long coma. While in recovery she meets Joe, and together they form a bond based upon bringing his best friend Jasmine, also suffering a coma, back to life. Through their journey the two form a strong connection, undergoing a love triangle where Joe must pick between Eden and his barely-alive companion. I really admired how Estelle made Eden’s recovery realistic, as instead of her coma being a positive, life-changing event, there were still many, if not more, family problems once Eden awoke. The beginning of the book was a bit choppy, but once I got through the first few pages I was hooked. There are so many characters with so many dimensions such as Lucille, Eden’s best friend, and Eden’s twin brother Digby, Lucille’s boyfriend. As the plot progressed so did the characters, and it really saddened me once I reached the final few pages and had to say good-bye. The use of symbolism in the story is quite effective as well. After the incident Eden constantly sees black flowers, symbolizing the various conflicts surrounding her life. I found this very impactful, as it gives an inside look into Eden’s subconscious. The visions she has are very well-thought out, and I could easily picture what I was reading. I love the relationship between Eden and Joe, as they come into each others lives at the perfect moment and develop an electric connection. Their back-and-forth humour is adorable, and very enjoyable. I would recommend “But then I Came Back,” to anyone interested in Young Adult Fiction/Romance.
Reviewed by Lauren A. for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

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