Jonathan is a young man who wakes up from a six-year coma at the age of 34 after having a stroke in the prime of his life. With no memory of anything or anyone, he begins the slow process to speak and rebuild his muscles and motor skills. Suffering brain damage, his previous expertise as a skilled accountant can't help now because he has absolutely no concept of what a number is. Everything is brand new for him, and because of this, he's pretty sure it's just like being a newborn baby.
Fellow stroke survivor, Rebecca, remembers everything from before her event, but hates who she was. Her husband, though, misses his sexy trophy wife and wants her back. Unable to maintain tact, Rebecca says whatever she wants even though she knows that to be polite, she should reserve some thoughts. It's this brutal honesty that Jonathan falls in love with and what he needs as he learns what he truly was like "before."
With unexpected humor, Keith Cronin's freshman effort has successfully hit the mark. A refreshing and genuine perspective on the aftermath of a stroke survivor, Me Again is an intriguing reminder that, while a catastrophic event will change life, it sometimes can make things better.
My only gripes? Hardly any, but I would have wanted the relationship between Jonathan and Rebecca to be a bit toned down on how perfect for each other they were, and I especially wanted Jonathan to ease up on his constant self-deprecation. While I thoroughly enjoyed his character, eventually I started to stick up for Jonathan against himself. I would find my reactions included "Stop always belittling yourself, Jonathan!" after each low blow he dealt to himself. But those are minor compared to how I felt for it overall.
Keith Cronin's talented writing delivered on a unique story about finding a new place in life after the original path has gone horribly awry. Sparked with humor, love, education and a little bit of a mystery, Me Again is a quick read that is ultimately satisfying and promising of more to come from this author.
Side Note: 25% of any money made by this book will be donated by the author to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
About the Author
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 Magazine, Amarillo Bay, The Scruffy Dog Review, Zinos, 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.
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