I'm Still Here (Je Suis Là)

I'm Still Here (Je Suis Là)

by Clelie Avit, Lucy Foster

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ISBN-13: 9781455537617
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 711 KB

About the Author

Clélie Avit was born and raised in the Auvergne region of France. She works as a physics and chemistry teacher, while also teaching dance. Avit received the Prix Nouveau Talent for I'm Still Here (Je Suis La), her first novel.

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I'm Still Here (Je Suis La) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Righteous Indignation is a very eye-opening and informative book about the behind-the-scenes world of both the media and politics, and the interaction between the two. Even though the book was written five years ago, it is mirrored in our own times, in the recent election. For anyone who wants to know the history and context of the current political movements and media practices, this will be an enlightening book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Imagine your consciousness being trapped within the confines of your body, unable to communicate with those around you, frozen in a kind of suspended animation. For months, after the avalanche that trapped Elsa under the snow, she lay in a coma, no signs of life, machines doing the work of breathing, monitors beeping their sad and monotonous tones. When her hearing returned, she was able to hear what went on around her, from the cold proclamations of the experts to the heart-wrenching pleas from her family and friends. Still, she lay trapped within herself, until one day, one stranger gave her a reason to truly fight to survive. Thibault cannot bring himself to visit his brother, a self-centered party boy who barely escaped death in a crash he caused. The crash that killed two innocent girls. Was it fate that had him hiding out in the rook with the comatose girl? As time went on, he finds himself talking to her, resting next to her and he swears she responds to him, while the experts brush it off as spasms. He knows he isn’t wrong, but cannot get Elsa to show them she is in there…and time is running out. Don’t expect action and adventure, bold moves by brawny heroes or heaving bosoms from the heroines in Clelie Avit’s I’m Still Here. Prepare to find yourself immersed in a tale of hope and love, of loss and pain and to feel every emotion, every frustration and the feeling of pure joy and agony faced by both Elsa and Thibault, as well as every character involved. Clelie Avit’s message is not lost in the translation from her native tongue to English and this story will warm even the coldest heart. Almost like a sweet song, this tale will resonate with readers looking for something with true depth and beauty. Step out of your comfort zone and feel each word as it slams into your heart. I received this copy from Grand Central Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
The first line hooked me on this book right away there was no turning back after I read this. “I’m cold. I’m hungry. I’m frightened.” “Or at least, I think I am” This is such a simple yet profound book. I was afraid since it was to be a translated book that a lot would be lost in translation. However it hasn’t lost anything, I loved every minute of this book. I’m Still Here is a book about Elsa who has just turned 30, except she can’t move, she is in a coma. In the last couple weeks she has regained her hearing and nothing else. Elsa’s daily life is surrounded by the people who visit her, nurses, doctors, and the cleaning lady. Elsa inner monologues the things she hears. Since she can only hear the voices or noises that normal people would brush off become vibrant colors in her mind. Then one day amidst her hearing things she hears someone new come into her room. His name is Thibault, (I have to admit I can’t pronounces his name so I called him Ty) he accidentally enters her room while looking for a private place in the hospital to sort out his thoughts. Thibault was such a complex character, he’s struggling with the decisions and consequences his brother has made that affect him. He seems to be trying to please everyone he knows while having some sort of social anxiety disorder. The only constant in his life is his best friend Julien. I adored his best friend throughout this book, he is exactly how best friends should be. When Thibault happens into Elsa’s room he reads her chart and realizes that she is in a coma. Thibault then does something I would never be brave enough to do, he sits down and has a conversation with Elsa. Some things he does would be weird if it actually happened but I also don’t think it’s to weird since we have Elsa’s commentary to go along with it. After a while he realizes that Elsa reacts to him being there, but will it be enough to wake her up? I was so scared going into this because of the translation difference, but was so surprised. This book is very thought provoking, about what Elsa is going through along with what Thibault is going through. How coincidence has made them cross paths, but their situations have kept them together. Underneath it all this is a wonderful romance. The writing style is so simple it was a nice quick read. It’s almost like a Rainbow Rowell book to me as it just ends and I could’ve kept reading. This author just keeps you wanting more and more. I hope she gets more translated to English as she writes, she is amazing.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This book, for me, was a little slow and a lot of sad. Thankfully, it had other plots going on other than Elsa being in a coma. However, a couple of those plots were sad as well. Of course, it wasn't a happy subject, so I guess one shouldn't expect a lot of happiness. As for the writing, I thought it was good and the characters were well developed. You really had to admire Elsa for her courage and Thibault for his bravery and his caring. In all it wasn't a bad book, just sad. I really liked the ending with Prince Charming on his white horse. Thanks Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most amazing books I have read this year (one of them mind you!) I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a wonderful love story interspersed with what can only be called a horror story. Elsa is in the hospital in a coma and has been for months. Nobody believes that she will be coming out of this coma. She is going to be taken off of her life saving equipment. What everyone doesn't know, is that she can hear every word that is said. Thibault is at the hospital NOT visiting his brother who has broken the law. To escape his family Thibault ends up in Elsa's room...and he talks to her in a 'real' way (if you know what I mean). A love story erupts from this unusual meeting. This story is only told from Elsa and Thibaults perspective, with Thibault doing the talking and Elsa doing listening. This was a richly told tale, was a very fast read (you just won't be able to put it down until you find out how it ends) This is a very short book and I am amazed that the author was able to fit so much into so many in such a short time. *ARC supplied by publisher.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
I'm Still Here by Clélie Avit is a wondrous story of finding love in the most strangest of places. Thibault can't bear to be in his brother's hospital room and makes a brief escape into another room on the same ward accidentally coming across a peaceful appearing Elsa. But although, in her coma, she appears as though she is resting, she is able to hear all that goes on around her. Told in dual POV with a slow building of facts about Thibault's life and Elsa's hopes and her attempts to awake from her coma all the while a clock is counting down over her head as the doctors have given up hope of her ever waking. I did not like the ending. I totally understood why the book ended that way. I completely appreciate the literary genius behind it, but I absolutely was still ready for more of Thibault and Elsa... A thoroughly enjoyable read that was surprising and different, and although it was a small side-step out of my normal reading preferences, I highly recommend this.