Me Again by Keith Cronin
Synopsis (from the back cover): Miracles can be damned inconvenient. That’s what thirty-four-year-old stroke victim Jonathan Hooper learns when he wakes up after spending six years in a coma…
First Sentence: I was born on a Tuesday morning.
Review: Me Again has an original premise that fulfills its initial promise of a light-hearted, character-driven hero’s journey. The novel opens with “I was born on a Tuesday morning. It was a difficult birth, because I was thirty-four years old.” Jonathon, the protagonist, awakes from a coma to find he suffered a stroke six years ago and has lost his memory. The reader gets to know Jonathon as he becomes reacquainted with himself — discovering that he does not now like the person he once was. In his recovery he meets a fellow stroke victim — Rebecca — who is not suffering memory loss, but is on a similar journey of identity and also decides to use the stroke as a “do over” on her life. Although the romantic aspect of this novel is evident early on, watching the two characters come together is still full of surprises.
Both of the main characters are likeable — as are most of the minor players, too. The writing is fast-paced and engrossing and the pages turn quite quickly. Cronin has a gentle sense of humor that seems effortless and helps the reader connect to Jonathon very quickly. Even the improbable coincidences and obvious plot devices are not annoying since they serve characters who are sympathetic and deserve unlikely good fortune.
So, I would recommend this novel as a wonderful companion on vacation — light, refreshing, and enjoyable (change).
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