Thursday, 30 June 2016

Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams and I'm Still Here by Clélie Avit

Invincible Summer
By Alice Adams
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 295
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who's pined for Eva for years, stays on to complete his PhD in physics, devoting his life to chasing particles as elusive as the object of his affection. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien, never much inclined toward mortgages or monogamy, pursue more bohemian existences-she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partyer. But as their twenties give way to their thirties, the group struggles to navigate their thwarted dreams. Scattered across Europe and no longer convinced they are truly the masters of their fates, the once close-knit friends find themselves filled with longing for their youth- and for one another. Broken hearts and broken careers draw the foursome together again, but in ways they never could have imagined.
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I'm Still Here (Je Suis La)
By Clélie Avit
Publisher: Grand Central
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Release Date: August 23rd, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]

Elsa is spending her thirtieth birthday in the hospital bed where she's lain for months after a devastating mountain accident. Unable to speak, see, or move, she appears to be in an irreversible coma, but her friends and family don't know that she's regained the power of hearing.

That day, a stranger named Thibault enters the hospital to visit his brother, who's just been injured in an accident that killed two young girls. He instead seeks refuge in the room where Elsa lies, and quickly becomes intrigued by the young woman, returning day after day to sit beside her, convinced that his words are being heard.

As their connection grows, the doctors deliver a devastating blow to her family. Is it possible that Thibault knows something no one else does, and can he reach her before it's too late?
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This summer I was approached by Hachette Book Group Canada to review two emotional and heart wrenching titles - Invincible Summer by Alice Adams and I'm Still Here (Je Suis La) by Clélie Avit. Upon learning more about each title, I was excited to dive into two completely different but promising contemporary titles, titles I would later find were some of the most captivating and intense reads I've ever read.

"Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey."

Invincible Summer focuses on a group of friends who have, essentially, gone through the most exciting years of their lives together. After graduating college, the group separates and moves on to greater things, either career-wise or socially. Many years later, the separated group of friends begin to yearn for their younger, more exciting years, and take it upon themselves to gather again and relive their pasts. A perfect depiction of the struggles many young adults (and older adults) encounter right after high school, and possibly even college, I found Invincible Summer to be a truly inspiring, thought-provoking, and emotional read. I personally identified with many of the characters, and found myself comparing others to people in my personal life. It was very well-written and an absolute thrill to read. I highly recommend Invincible Summer to younger readers looking for a different kind of contemporary title, and possibly even for those who aren't quite sure what their future holds.

"I'm cold. I'm Hungry. I'm frightened."

I'm Still Here (Je Suis La) is an English translated title by Clélie Avit. It focuses on the story of Elsa, a girl who finds herself stuck in a coma, forever laying in a hospital bed. Without the ability to see, speak, or move, Doctors begin to believe that she will forever be in an irreversible coma. When Elsa suddenly regains the ability to hear, a stranger begins appearing in her hospital room. He begins speaking with her, and a connection grows. I personally quite enjoyed I'm Still Here, although it's not typically my kind of go-to read. I found it to be quite similar to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, minus the teen angst and drama. It was thought provoking, inspiring, and interesting to read Elsa's narrative voice. I highly recommend I'm Still Here to contemporary lovers interested in reading a new and emotionally gripping read.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Sounds wonderful - great reviews!

  2. I hadn't heard of either before your double review post, but they both sound good. I need a good tearjerker for my summer reading. Do you highly recommend Invincible Summer and Je Suis La? Thanks!

  3. Awesome review today
    Happy Canada Day!

  4. Wow I've never heard of them but the covers are amazing!

  5. Definitely not my usual contemporary reads but maybe it's time for a chnage because these sound very promising. I think I'm more drawn to Invincible Summer because it's friendship focus is always something I love to read about but also the fact that it's about wanting to re-live your past, your more favourable years in interesting. Great reviews!