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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 4 of 5 stars
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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Jessica McCann
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
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
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.
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
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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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 of
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Janeene
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
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
Stephanie
Me Again was a surprisingly heartwarming story which I thoroughly enjoyed! Will be reviewing this book for TLC Book Tours mid-September.
Anna Marie
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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.
Juanita
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
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
An easy read, written in a way that always made me think that it was going to turn into a religious novel.
Brian
This was a really good book. The story line is moving as well as inspirational. I highly recommend it.
Cindy
An entertaining and sweetly poignant story told from the viewpoint
of a 34-year old stroke victim.
Beth Peninger
This book was a great surprise! I got it as a free download at some point and it's been sitting on my Kindle for who knows how long waiting for me to discover it. I didn't anticipate that I would like it so much and finish it so quickly.
Jonathan has just woken up...from a 6 year coma. A stroke at age 28 put him into a coma that has eaten away the last 6 years of his life. He wakes up to find that he has to learn how to do everything all over again and try to remember who people are. That's the
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Lori Anaple
From the first sentence I was hooked. What an original, thought provoking premise. A man waking up from a coma after six years. No memories and completely atrophied. We get to witness his procession from just two eyes and no voice to a walking, talking breathing functioning man. I really like Jonathan. I like how he handles his struggles, how he handled his relationships and how he made his decisions.

I loved the humor in this book and how the author uses it to show that recovery isn't always a d
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Ceinwenn
I was hooked by this book with the opening sentences, which were: “I was born on a Tuesday morning. It was a difficult birth, because I was thirty-four years old.” This was another which I went into reading having not read the blurb telling what the book was about. Not sure if that had an impact on how I felt about the book, but I do know that I loved it! I seriously could NOT put this book down! I loved reading about Jonathan Hooper’s journey back to reality, to discovering that a lot has chang ...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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