Monday, October 3, 2011

'Me Again' by Keith Cronin (TLC Tour Book) + Giveaway

Two young stroke victims meet in a hospital . . .
Jonathan's memory is gone, wiped clean by a six-year coma. Since nobody had expected him to recover, his sudden awakening becomes an awkward intrusion on his family and friends. Rebecca's personality has changed, making her a stranger to her husband. Gone is the vivacious trophy wife, replaced by a shy, awkward woman with a knack for saying exactly the wrong thing. They don't fit in. And they'll never be the same. But now they've got to decide what matters most: who they were, or who they can become?

First thoughts after finishing: "What a lovely debut novel. I bought it hook, line, and sinker."

  "And Dad?" I reached out and touched his arm, startling him. We stopped, standing among the graves of people unknown to us, looking at each other.
  "Even though I don't remember you," I said, frightened about what I was about to say but convinced of it being what I needed most to say, "I love you. Here and now. I love you."
(from Me Again page 242)

That writing absolutely struck a chord with me because I had almost the exact same conversation with my beloved Grandfather when he was in the final stages of Alzeimer's. I was visiting for what would be one of my final visits. I held his hands and looked him in the face and told him how much I loved him and that he was the best grandpa in the whole world. He then looked right at me and said, "Sis, I don't know who you are, but I do know that I love you." Knowing that a loved one's memory is affected regardless of how it happened is never easy to deal with, but I think Keith Cronin took a step in the right direction by taking his reader along for the journey as Jonathan tries to find his way back to life after waking up from a coma. I loved this book and most of all I loved Jonathan. There is nothing contrived about this story and I believe that it may help readers think twice about the difficulties one faces after being stricken down by a stroke. I think one of the important views of the story were from Jonathan's family. It was hard for them to reconcile themselves to the fact that the new Jonathan was NOTHING like the old Jonathan. In a way, it was a bit harder for them to deal with than Jonathan because he didn't remember anything of his life.

Recommend? Absolutely! This is a solid story and one that I was immersed in for a few days. It helps shine a light on the debilitating effects of strokes and how even though someone may look fine on the outside, it doesn't truly represent how far their mental abilities may have been diminished. I cared about Jonathan and those close to him...what more can a reader ask for?

Rating: 8.5/10
TLC is giving away a copy of Me Again to one lucky person who leaves me a comment on my blog. Please leave me your email address in the comments if you would like to be entered.  If you are a regular reader I will enter you twice....I know who you are! Comments to be eligible for the giveaway will close on Monday, October 10th at 11:59 US/Canada Only!

Winner is Harvee (edited 10/16/11)

Keith Cronin is a corporate speechwriter and professional rock drummer who has performed and recorded with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and Pat Travers. He is also becoming informally known as “the title guy,” having provided the title for Sara Gruen’s blockbuster “Water for Elephants,” as well as Susan Henderson’s HarperCollins debut “Up from the Blue.”
Keith’s fiction has appeared in Carve MagazineAmarillo BayThe Scruffy Dog ReviewZinos, and a University of Phoenix management course. A native of South Florida, Keith spends his free time serenading local ducks and squirrels with his ukulele.
Visit him online at his website,, or on Facebook.

Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.

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  1. Wowwwwwwwww! This sounds AMAZING! I would love to read this! And that story about your grandpa is so touching! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Loved your review Staci, your insights really touched me, definitely sounds like a read for me.
    Have to ask if the cover has any relevance because it wouldn't encourage me to pick it up lol

  3. Sounds like an excellent read...thanks for the review...wonder what that cereal bowl is all about.

  4. Wow, this kind of strikes a chord with me too, but I'm not sure why. But I would like to read it! I love the quote you included, too! Please enter me.

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  5. I wonder if I could handle this book - just your review of it made me tear up! kathy(at)

  6. This sounds wonderful - I'm glad you enjoyed it. No need to enter me... my tbr pile is out of control right now!

  7. This wonderful book sounds compelling and great. Many thanks for your lovely post. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Your wonderful review and appreciation of this book makes this memorable and special. Many thanks for this special giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Sounds like a good! Count me in thanks!


  10. I love that you cared so much about the characters in this story. That says a lot to me about this book.

  11. Not the book for me, I'd get sad :/

  12. I can't imagine what it must be like....scary.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladybook21 at yahoo dot com

  13. I loved the relationship between Jonathon and his dad! It felt so real.

  14. Sounds like a fantastic book. My husband's family has had a rough time with Alzheimer's over the years, so I can imagine how emotional this book is.


  15. Yours is the second great review of this book I've seen. It's definitely going on my wishlist!

  16. What a lovely review of Keith's book. I haven't read it yet, but I can tell I'll love it. There aren't enough books out there that deal with people with diseases or disabilities. It's as if they don't exist and I get tired of reading about characters who are too perfect.

  17. Don't be misled by the small excerpt, despite its serious subject matter the book is actually very funny and ironic. You'll laugh as much as you cry reading Me Again.

  18. Great review, interesting characters. Definately added this to my TBR list.

  19. No need to put me down for the giveaway, I have way too much to read right now and having trouble catching-up, but I wanted to say that looking at that cover, I would NEVER have picked this one up on my own. You make it sound so wonderful though!

  20. What a touching story about your grandfather, Staci. I haven't had anyone close to me lose their memory like that and I can't imagine how awful it would be.
    I'd love to be entered. It would be very close to a birthday present!

  21. I've read so many wonderful reviews for this book. Please add my name to the hat!

  22. This sounds like a story I would enjoy. Please include my name in the giveaway. Thoughtsofjoyblog at gmail dot com Thanks!

  23. This book reminds me of What Alice Forgot - a novel about a woman who has forgotten the past 10 years of her life, which includes 3 children, a husband, a sister, etc. Would love to read this one.

  24. Oh, these kinds of books really strike a chord with me. My father had Alzheimer's, and so did a dear friend's mother, whom I loved.

    A very sad disease, but this book sounds hopeful.

  25. I'm just reading this and thus too late for the contest but it sounds like a very thoughtful book.
    I think I will put it on my list to read. Have to check at the library.


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