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Title: BUT THEN I CAME BACK
Author: Estelle Laure
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
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Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl, feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed?
Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.
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It’s my first time in Vasquez’s room. I feel like there’s a conveyor belt leading me to her, not like I’m taking troubled steps. I glide to her bedside. The machines pump all around. I sit in Hudson’s chair. Being this close to her frightens me, like I could be blinded or sucked into some kind of portal. I could get ejected into another dimension. It’s like staring into the sun. Flowers are stacked on the tables at either side of her bed. They’re majestic and lean toward each other like they’re deep in conversation.
“Hey,” I say to Vasquez. “I’m Eden. Fellow coma girl. Pleased to meet you.”
Bleep, bleep, bleep.
I clear my throat.
“You remember me? We met in the water.” I glance around to be sure we’re totally alone. “So, uh, where are you right now?” I say, stupidly. “Can you hear my voice?”
There’s white crusted at the side of her mouth. I want to wipe it away, but I have nothing wet enough, so I leave it there and try not to stare at it.
“I never cared about life after death,” I say carefully, forcing my voice to weave around the words. “When you’re dead you’re dead. It’s what makes sense. Mom and Dad said don’t believe in fairy tales. But what is that place, Vasquez, with the flowers? It’s real, right? Because you’re here and you were there, so it has to be. Are you still wherever?” My lip trembles. I wait for it to stop, breathing heavy from the effort of so much speaking. “Are you in the In Between?”
Vasquez doesn’t answer me.
“I’m jealous,” I say, finally. “Jealous of you.”
Excerpted from BUT THEN I CAME BACK by Estelle Laure. Copyright © 2017 by Estelle Laure. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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