Before I Wake by Eli Easton
Published by: Eli Easton (2nd Edition) on January 10, 2015
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
When a comatose patient, Michael, comes into the hospital, Jonesy finds himself drawn to the young man. He learns that Michael was the victim of a hate crime. And he also learns that Michael’s parents have abandoned him. Though Jonesy is only a nurse’s aide, he’s certain that Michael stands a chance of coming out of the coma. Even though the doctors aren’t so sure.
But Jonesy is unwavering. He goes out of his way to spend time with Michael and to find any way he can to help him. Although the two have never spoken, Jonesy knows that Michael is a beautiful person (on more than just the outside). And Jonesy also knows he’s the only person Michael’s got in his corner.
Whether Michael will wake up is something that only time will tell. And if he does wake up, will he even want anything to do with Jonesy? All Jonesy has is hope, and hope can be an incredibly powerful thing.
I try not to use words like “charming” to describe a story, because I feel like they don’t tell you enough. But I feel like it’s the most appropriate word for what I read. I found it so easy as a reader to connect to these characters and really feel for them. And I think pretty much anyone would be drawn to Jonesy and his big heart. What a guy.
This is on the shorter side, so it’s a quick read. Perfect for when you just need that quick “awww” story, with only the smallest hints of angst.