But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
One glance at him, and it’s nerves upon nerves eating nerves and spitting them out again, then consuming more nerves.
But Then I Came Back almost didn’t get read. The story started off disjointed, with the writing almost stumbling. I felt as though I had come into a story that had started before and I was perpetually on the back foot. And then all of a sudden the murky confusion lifted, and I got it. I got Eden. Identifying with her in a powerful flash. It was only afterward I realised, although a standalone, it features characters from This Raging Light which I haven’t read yet.
“What about you? You got a guy?” he asks.
I unzip my jacket. “Please,” I say. “Have you seen me? I’m patchy.”
Still feeling in a parallel universe where the story unfolds in skips and plops. It’s not smooth, but it is unique. Good, extraordinary… Addictive. My eyes glued, my heart stopping as the words washed over me. It’s sad. Melancholy perhaps. But also funny and ultimately hopeful. I loved it.
Recommended age: 13+
Title: But Then I Came Back
Author: Estelle Laure
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Review copy
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Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl, feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed— Abstract from Goodreads.com