Reviewed by Jennifer B.
TITLE: Before I Wake
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
PUBLISHER: Torquere Press
LENGTH: 30 pages/8000 words
BLURB: Nurse’s aide Jonesy is drawn to Michael, the comatose victim of a hate crime whose homophobic parents have rejected him. Jonesey sits with Michael, reads to him, and encourages Michael to wake up. Jonesy may not be the smartest guy in the world, but he knows Michael needs him. And if he also thinks Michael is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, well, Jonesy knows better than to hope for things that can never happen.
Michael is lost in a dungeon, a dark and terrifying place. His only comfort is the sound of a man’s voice. Can Michael come back? Does he want to? Maybe Jonesy can convince him that some things are worth living for.
I thought this was a very sweet story. Nurse’s Aide, Jonesy tells us the story of how he came to know one of the hospital patients, Michael, who had been badly beaten and put into a coma. Jonesy is a simple guy who enjoys taking care of people. When he sees Michael, he immediately feels a need to stand up for the man who cannot stand up for himself.
Michael has horrible parents who, after kicking him out for being gay, come to his bedside not to offer care and support, but to pray for his sins and basically tell him how horrible a person he is. After refusing to help with his insurance or medical bills, they then decide to pull the plug.
Thankfully, Jonesy has been caring for Michael, staying by his side when he can, offering kind words and touches, all in an attempt to bring Michael back. Every time conditions surrounding Michael worsen, Jonesy does what he can to make things better for him.
I loved the way this story was told. It was a nice change and quite enjoyable. I loved Jonesy’s voice and storytelling. Every now and then, we get some of Michael’s thoughts and how he sees things from the dark side where he seems caught. I wasn’t quite ready for this story to end where it did, but it definitely warmed my heart and had me smiling for both of them.
Jennifer B. rates it –
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