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TLC Book Tour – Me Again

First Sentence:I was born on a Tuesday morning. It was a difficult birth, because I was thirty-four years old.

When Jonathan Hooper wakes up after six years in a coma due to a stroke, he is unable to speak and has lost his ability to understand numbers. His awakening is considered a miracle since he was never expected to recover. Jonathan has no memory of who he used to be. He ends up in a rehabilitation hospital where he meets Rebecca, a young woman who is also a stroke victim who is trying to rebuild her life.

From the Publisher:

A steadily accelerating story exploring the irony, humor, and opportunity that can accompany personal calamity, Me Again follows the intertwined paths of two people forced to start over in life: one looking for his place in a world that has moved on without him, the other struggling to navigate a relationship with a man who wishes she were someone else.

I read the first 75 pages of Me Again before setting it aside. Although I appreciated Jonathan’s voice and the struggle to recover from a devastating neurological event, I had a hard time buying into the novel. Perhaps because my profession is as a physical therapist, I found the scenes in the rehabilitation hospital mostly unbelievable. Jonathan’s physical therapist is represented as an unprofessional womanizer and nearly all the stroke rehabilitation scenes were inaccurate. Both Jonathan and Rebecca refer to their physical therapists as “trainers” – a phrase which I have never heard in the nearly 24 years I have been working as a PT. Rebecca’s physical therapist would rather watch a football game on television than assist Rebecca to walk in the parallel bars (this was especially odd to me given that I have never worked in a rehabilitation gym where there is a television on, much less a football game). So, although this book is getting some great reviews, it was not for me.

On a positive note – Keith Cronin is donating 25% of all proceeds from the book to the American Stroke Association.

Check out reviews by other bloggers on this tour.

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.

Visit him online at his website, keithcronin.com, or on Facebook.

6 Comments

  1. October 11, 2011    

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear that this book wasn’t very realistic. I had been hearing some interesting things about it, but the points you make do make it seem like it’s not really all that representational of the truth. I am glad to have read your honest review on this one. I think I might have to skip it 🙁

  2. October 11, 2011    

    Very interesting to read the perspective of a professional. Writers should probably stick with what they know!

  3. October 11, 2011    

    I can see why this book wouldn’t work for you. I probably wouldn’t have noticed the inaccuracies if I hadn’t read your review.

  4. October 11, 2011    

    Darn, I’m sorry this one didn’t work out for you. It’s hard to read a book set in a field that you are very familiar with so I understand why this one wasn’t for you.

    Thanks for being on the tour Wendy. I hope your next read is a better fit. 🙂

  5. October 14, 2011    

    Sounds like the author may have wanted to confer with some PT professionals. This one doesn’t sound like something I’d be interested in.

  6. October 25, 2011    

    Heather: I just could not get past the misrepresentation of the PTs … I hate when authors don’t get the facts right.

    Jill: I agree!

    Kathy: Exactly – most people have no idea what physical therapists do and it made me a little angry that my chosen profession was so inaccurately depicted.

    Heather (TLC): Thanks. I felt badly I couldn’t be more positive – but I had to be honest.

    Serena: I wish he’d asked me to consult 🙂

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