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"A beautifully wrought tale of courage, hope, and awakenings of all kinds."
~ Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Miracles can be damned inconvenient. That's what thirty-four-year-old stroke victim Jonathan Hooper learns when he wakes up after spending six years in a coma. Everyone calls Jonathan's recovery a "miracle," but since nobody had expected him to recover, hi
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Hardcover, 321 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Five Star (ME)
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Staci
Oct 03, 2011 Staci rated it really liked it
Recommended to Staci by: TLC Book Tours
First thoughts after finishing: "What a lovely debut novel. I bought it hook, line, and sinker."

"And Dad?" I reached out and touched his arm, startling him. We stopped, standing among the graves of people unknown to us, looking at each other.
"Even though I don't remember you," I said, frightened about what I was about to say but convinced of it being what I needed most to say, "I love you. Here and now. I love you."
(fromMe Againpage 242)


That writing absolutely struck a chord with me because I
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This is the second novel I've read this year featuring someone in their late 20s/early 30s having a traumatic brain injury that changes their personality. It wasn't my intention to double up since it's not a plot device I'm particularly drawn to, but it was interesting for me to do a compare-and-contrast with the other novel ( The Art of Forgetting ). I preferred this novel over The Art of Forgetting as I found the characters a bit more likable, appealing, and relatable.

I had described The Art o
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Jessica McCann
Jan 08, 2012 Jessica McCann rated it really liked it
This was a great read -- funny, compelling, heartwarming and authentic.

Jonathan Hooper awakes from a 6-year coma, defying all the odds after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 28. As he works to regain his ability to speak, walk and take care of himself, he also must come to terms with the fact that he remembers almost nothing of his previous life. During his month's-long recovery in the hospital, Jon becomes friends with another young stroke victim, Rebecca. While Rebecca's memory is inta
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Sherry
Jun 26, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Love it so far, funny, sad, realistic. wonderful story about younger people that suffer from strokes. Kicker is that 25% of the profits go to the charity.
Amy Lignor
Sep 18, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
Keith Cronin is not only an author, he is also a musician who has recorded and/or performed with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Davy Jones of The Monkees. This is one author who has a great deal of artistic experience and, thankfully, he shows a great deal of that in this, his debut novel.

Jonathan Hooper is our main character and boy, does he have a rough start the minute he opens his eyes and finds himself in a hospital room surrounded by people he doesn’t even know.
You see, six years ago,
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Elizabeth A.
Oct 24, 2011 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it
When thirty four year old Jonathan Hooper wakes up after six years in a coma following a stroke the world is a blank slate to him. He doesn't remember who he is or how he ended up in the hospital, he can't talk, his muscles have atrophied, and he has no concept of numbers or time. Not having expected him to ever recover, his family and girlfriend have moved on with their lives, a situation which may bother Jonathan more if he actually remembered any of them. The fact is, however, there's very li ...more
C.M. Barrett
Nov 13, 2012 C.M. Barrett rated it it was amazing
You might expect a book about a young man recovering from six years in a coma following a stroke to be depressing. From the first paragraph of the novel, though, the narrator, Jonathan, alters our expectations.

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

The author doesn't sacrifice reality for humor. The difficulties and discouragement of Jonathan's efforts to regain a functioning body that can walk and talk aren't ignored. Jonathan has other
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Janeene
Oct 09, 2011 Janeene rated it really liked it
I won this book though a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. "Me Again" is the fictional story of a Jonathan Hooper, a man who has a stroke when he is 28-years-old which leaves him in a coma for 6 years. When he wakes up he has forgotten almost everything. He doesn't remember his parents, his former girl friend, or even how to count. Over time he learns how to function in the world again and he comes to realize that it's okay to be the new Jonathan and not try to fit into the mold of who he was befo ...more
Natalia Sylvester
Dec 30, 2011 Natalia Sylvester rated it really liked it
I read this book in a plane, while I waited in shopping lines, while at family get-togethers (in moments I could steal away for a few minutes). It was such a lovely reading experience that I kept wanting to go back in and see what happened next to the characters. Despite the seriousness of the situation these characters find themselves in after suffering strokes, the narrator (and Cronin, of course) has such an endearing sense of humor that you care about him instantly. I'd often laugh out loud ...more
Jenny Whetzel
Nov 23, 2015 Jenny Whetzel rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, especially as I could relate to the characters having some medical issues. I think Keith did a fantastic job giving a view of what a person with medical issues may have to deal with, not only physical but mental as well. I have not read anything by this author before and am tempted to see what else he has written.
Stephanie
Sep 03, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Me Again was a surprisingly heartwarming story which I thoroughly enjoyed! Will be reviewing this book for TLC Book Tours mid-September.
Anna Marie
May 14, 2013 Anna Marie rated it really liked it
A freebie on Amazon, I was intrigued with the idea. The story is about a 36 year old guy who wakes up after six years after having had a massive stroke. It's a very 'Regarding Henry' kind of story, except for the fact that it's witty and in turns funny, where 'RH' was all drama.

Basically, Jonathan was NOT a nice person before the stroke. He was a swindler of an accountant living it up in Chicago, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients in scams. But he doesn't remember doing it. O
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Adriana
Nov 09, 2012 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2012
Me Again was a quick heartwarming read. It reminded me of the Harrison Ford movie Regarding Henry.

A man, Jonathan, wakes up from a 6 year coma with his memory gone. As we get to know the man who woke up, we see him try to piece together the man he used to be, and he begins to realize that he probably wasn't a very nice, or good person. He learns of certain things he did, and while he is unable to recall doing them, he still has to come to terms with the shame he feels at having been that sort of
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Barbara Garren
Apr 20, 2013 Barbara Garren rated it it was amazing
I came across this book by accident. I forget who it was, but someone I follow on Twitter sent a link to Keith's post on QueryTracker about doing a book trailer. First I read the post. Then I watched the trailer. Then I ordered his book. Then I read it. In one sitting. I couldn't help it - it's THAT GOOD!

Keith sucks you in and makes you so wrapped up with Jonathan and his recovery, then adding small helpings of Rebecca and the other characters, you just can't leave it. And the ending? Sweet lord
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Jessica Keener
Sep 15, 2011 Jessica Keener rated it it was amazing
How can you resist these opening lines: "I was born on a Tuesday morning. It was a difficult birth, because I was thirty-four years old."--and not keep reading?

This heartful story is driven by a powerful trio of engines: humor, wisdom and insight about about who we are, who we were, and what we can become. There's an underlying optimism here that transforms two stroke victims' losses into something uplifting and promising.
Brian Tracey
Dec 28, 2011 Brian Tracey rated it it was amazing
"Well," Dad said, "let's not tell your mother about that, if it's all the same to you."

A father and son conspiracy to protect the feelings of the mother.

Cronin has written a moving tale about two people -- Jonathan and Rebecca -- who've lost pasts worth losing and fight for new a beginning. Funny and honest in the face of tragedy, it's easily one of the best books of the year.
Fiona
May 23, 2014 Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Wonderful story.

Jonathan Hooper has been in a coma for 6 years as a result of a stroke. He's only in his early 30's. He wakes up to a lost memory: can't remember parents, brother, girlfriend, or math (he was an accountant). He remembers Rufus,his dog when he was a boy, and the name Maggie (who was she?)and Mrs Margolis, his neighbor when he was a boy. Everything else he has to re-learn. In his discovery of self, he learns he was a crooked accountant with $300,000 cash and lamborgini. He doesn't
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Cathy
Sep 24, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
A truly wonderful story about what makes us who we are. The authors writing style makes this seem like a true story as opposed to the fiction it actually is. I received this book as part of the goodreads giveaway program and am truly grateful for having been given the opportunity to read it. Thank you Goodreads!
Laura Drake
Oct 29, 2012 Laura Drake rated it it was amazing
Keith Cronin's blend of weighty subjects, humor, and true to life emotions makes for a wonderful read.

The characters are well-rounded, and the voice true.

It was a clever premise, and I bought into the plot right away, and went along for the ride.

I'm looking forward to more books from this author.
Miriam
Jan 19, 2013 Miriam rated it it was ok
Promising in the beginning but became mushy in the middle and then a ridiculous plot towards the end. He might have problems with numbers but to give away 300k to charity and then use it for his friend/love to get her divorce and annulment is ridiculously stupid.
Beth F.
Light and enjoyable, except it rubbed my professional fur the wrong way.

*vague spoiler*

Even if you don't spend ill gotten funds for personal enrichment, using a shill to disburse the dirty money to charities still constitutes money laundering.
Mary
Dec 04, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
The cover on this book is the first surprise. It in now way prepares for what follows. The book is sad and yet funny and the characters are very real because of the realistic dialogue. This book is different, but a good read on a snowy day.
Morninglight Mama
Jan 26, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Heavy on dialogue, this story reads like a television movie-- some cliched phrases, but engaging main characters who readers will cheer for. The plot is interesting, revolving around a man who spent six years in a coma after unexpectedly suffering a stroke in his late 20s. When he meets a woman in physical therapy who is recovering from a stroke herself, the plot thickens as they say. With some additional side stories about family, the focus remains on relationships, and the vast majority of the ...more
Juanita
Dec 23, 2011 Juanita rated it it was amazing
Much more than i expected from a book about stroke victims.It wasn't depressing. It was witty, honest and moving.Not a storyline I had heard before.
Michelle
May 18, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best book's I've read this year. Jonathan wakes up from a coma after having a stroke 6 years before.
Ebony
Jun 02, 2013 Ebony rated it it was ok
An easy read, written in a way that always made me think that it was going to turn into a religious novel.
Brian
Dec 13, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. The story line is moving as well as inspirational. I highly recommend it.
Heather
Sep 12, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
see my full review here: http://www.girlichef.com/2011/09/book...
Cindy
Nov 05, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and sweetly poignant story told from the viewpoint
of a 34-year old stroke victim.
Jackie
Feb 03, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
This book was very different in a lot of ways. I found the often frank narrative very refreshing - and also how the people were not left one dimensional. For instance, Big Bob, who was initially projected as a "glory day" ex-jock actually ended up being much more than that, and the "bratty brother" who appeared to have jumped into Jonathan's life at the first opportunity also ended up being more likeable once you knew him better. I did find the money-plot a bit far-fetched, but overall the book ...more
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Author of the novel ME AGAIN, 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 t
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