“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.
Title: But then I came back
Author: Estelle Laure
Date released: April 4th 2017
Thank you Hachette for sending me a copy to review!
But then I came back is the story of Eden, a girl who loves to dance and loves life, but that changes when she has an accident that puts her into a coma. When she wakes up she is plagued by mysterious black flowers and is drawn towards another coma patient. In the process she meets Joe, a boy who longs for his best friend to wake from her coma. The story follows Eden as she readjusts to life, while her and Joe race against time to try and save his friend and as Eden tries to find her place in this strange new world and discover what she really wants in life.
Eden is an easily likeable character. She is very realistic and thinks just like a teenager would without coming away as be annoying. I like how she didn’t just magically become well after her coma, like many other books about coma patients, but took time recovering and adjusting to life again. This book is very family and friends orientated and doesn’t just focus on romance which I loved! Eden is very close with her twin brother Digby and I love seeing their interactions.
But then I came back deals with the affects of trauma and learning to live again. After Eden wakes up she doesn’t know who she wants to be anymore. She no longer feels like dancing or going through the stages of life she previously lived and I love seeing her work her way to the conclusion and finding out whats best for her, not what everyone else thinks is best.
I liked the concept of the afterlife and the meaning of life in this book but I would have liked to find out a bit more about it.
Overall, it was a nice bittersweet read and if you are into contemporary books with a slight fantasy/paranormal theme I would definitely recommend it. I wasn’t aware that there was a book before this one (This Raging Light) and the story flowed well without reading it, but if you are looking for more depth and background into the other characters, I suggest you read This Raging Light first.
About the Author
Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.