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STILL WITH ME is a novel which tries to explore the cause and effect of suicide. The writing is beautiful. I was able to picture all of the events and people. Jeremy's journey to understanding was engaging, yet I found myself relating more to Victoria. She was the most realized character.
However, it pushes the belief that people who try to commit or do commit suicide are just selfish. This is my biggest problem with the book. I have two family members--one tried to commit suicide, the other did. They were not trying to "stick it" to anyone. An author can work their personal beliefs into fiction, but I could not buy into the novel's notion that suicide is used as a form of revenge against someone.
This novel did not sit well with me. If only it had handled suicide, a topic many people don't like to talk about, differently. I would recommend the book to a select audience.
Surprisingly, Jeremy finds himself awakening one year later on his birthday with no memory of what happened between what he soon discovers was a suicide attempt and not success. He is living with Victoria in her apartment and discovers that after his attempt she arrived at his apartment to confess her love back, finding him instead. She then nursed him back to health and won his heart back over before the two moved on together. Jeremy and Victoria are both concerned that he remembers none of this, and she takes him to a hospital to be examined.
At the end of each birthday, he feels himself dying again, yet he's never sure when he'll reappear, as he soon discovers it isn't every birthday that he shows up. In the meanwhile, his doppelganger is making a mess of his life, and Jeremy has no control over this other "him", except on the occasional birthday when he's so lucky to pop in. For him, mere days pass as he goes to sleep each night and awakens somewhere in time years ahead from when he fell asleep. Is this hell? To finally get the girl of his dreams and live a lifetime with her in mere days?
A must read, very original storyline, and thought provoking even if a bit towards the religious side; However understandable given the subject matter of suicide. Fast, easy read, I couldn't put it down.
With each chapter, Jeremy wakes on another birthday, to find his life irrevocably altered each time. He feels more and more out of control as his life deteriorates, unable to figure out what is happening as his reprehensible, but unremembered, behavior between birthdays destroys his entire life. He struggles to understand whether he is really alive or in hell.
The novel is, of course, an exploration of the aftermath of a suicide. The tone of the novel suggests that suicide is a selfish choice that is made without thought to others. In the punitive aftermath of Jeremy's choice, one can't help but wonder whether the novel is the author's way of working through some of his anger at his best friend. Which would be completely understandable, but it limits the story. Rather than exploring the multifaceted and complex issues around suicide, it feels boiled down too simply to a selfish, impulsive choice that occurs because the person doesn't think about those around them. Of course, suicide is not that simple.
Another unfortunate result of this tone is that Jeremy comes across as a rather unsympathetic character. We get glimpses of the "real Jeremy" on his birthday as each chapter begins, and these are presented in stark contrast to the everyday Jeremy who apparently hurts everyone around him.Read more ›
while the story is technically (grammatically) well written, and the premise as relayed in the blurb is novel and interesting, this book is at its heart a 19th-century-style almost gothic morality tale. the story begins innocently, if blandly, enough with the unrequited-love suicide of Jeremy, our lead character. on the anniversary of his suicide (his birthday), he "wakes up" for a few hours to discover he is actually still alive, but has no memory of the time lapsed since his suicide. he has married his unrequited love (who had been engaged to someone else until Jeremy humiliated himself by declaring his love), abandoned his former passion for art and become a salesman, and is otherwise unrecognizable to himself.
there is very little physical observation sufficient to engage and anchor the reader beyond a superficial level. i found it extremely difficult to connect with this character, hard to care about what happened to him, until his third waking birthday when the story finally called out to my maternal instincts. However, this is the same point in the story when i began to fear that the subtle religious undertones were becoming glaring overtones. while i was finally beginning to care for the characters, i was dreading the plot twist being foreshadowed. instead of Jeremy, our lead character has become a petty, vengeful, spiteful old testament god, bent on punishing Jeremy for his mental illness (evidenced by his suicide) by ruining the lives of everyone around him and forcing him to watch from within the cage of his erratic amnesia and wakefulness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jeremy tries to commit suicide. He then goes through his life not sure of what is happening. He wakes for a few hours where he is lucid and not knowing what is going on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Myers
Thank you for writing this book. Complex, chilling, it calls to the soul in the depths of despair. Cohen's wrote this book to help himself come to term with the suicide of a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pax1065
I enjoyed this book but made me sad for the man and his family. Life is too short and to have mental issues like that ruins the life you have. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim Esche
Unique story. Couldn't figure out how it would end. Really liked it.Published 4 months ago by Lynne
I found it depressing. I also personally have issues with how a God can punish an innocent person. Lots of this in the old testament. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cathy Greene-MacKenzie
This is such a unique book. I loved the plot. What an imagination the author has. I will have to search for more book by this author.Published 4 months ago by HelenK
This was a really quick read but really depressing. Be prepared to be depressed while you read this. Now please excuse me while I go read something lighthearted.Published 5 months ago by EM
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