Et si c'était vrai.

by Marc Levy

Paperback, 2005



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Pocket (2005), Edition: First Thus, 250 pages


The woman Arthur discovers in the closet of his apartment is actually the spirit of a person in a coma.

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LibraryThing member bookwormteri
eh just so so for me. I found the whole concept kind of out there, but if you swallow is sweet and gentle.
LibraryThing member strandedon8jo
So very average. One of the few exceptions where the movie far exceeds the book. Although not great, it was okay up until the police investigation when it really went to pot. The dialogue was dripping in police cliches. This book was average at best.
LibraryThing member ennie
A comatose woman materializes as a ghost in her old apartment, charming its current resident.. You're always aware that this is a fairy-tale, but it manages to captivate nonetheless.
LibraryThing member emhromp2
This story was very ordinary. After a few days, you even forget you read it.
That doesn't mean that Levy has written a highly original story, with his very own style, which I admired.
LibraryThing member mazda502001
Tried to get into this one but it lost me about a quarter of the way through. The blurb sounded good but it just couldn't keep me interested.

Back Cover Blurb:
Lying in the bath in his new apartment, Arthur, a young architect, is understandably surprised when he hears fingers clicking to the sound of the music from his radio. Tracing the noise to a closet, he finds an attractive young woman hiding and, assuming she is part of a practical joke, asks her to leave.
But Lauren, stunned to discover that Arthur can see her, reveals the extraordinary truth. Six months earlier she was in a car crash; her body now lies in a coma. Initially sceptical, Lauren finally proves to Arthur that what she has said is true. But when the doctors decide to turn off the machines keeping Lauren alive, Arthur must find a way to save her. For its only her love that can save him.....
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LibraryThing member sarahlehman
This is the first time in my entire life that I have ever said this, skip the book and watch the movie(Just Like Heaven)instead. Maybe because English is not the author's native language or maybe because men should not try to write romance, either way the execution falls far short of the potential of the plot.
LibraryThing member ukaissi
This book is wonderful. It is very deep in meaning. I watched the movie twice but I enjoyed the book even more. A great love story showing that with love, determination, and courage you can make miracles.
LibraryThing member axya
if you're a chic-lit, be a chic-lit. it's good enough. please. don't even try and be all literary and emotional and deep and stuff. it's just gross.
LibraryThing member Maydacat
For a different kind of ghost and a different kind of ghost story, you’ll want to pick up a copy of "Just Like Heaven." Not all ghosts are scary. In fact, some are downright lovely. Arthur encounters a young woman in the closet of his newly rented apartment, and thinks it a practical joke being played by a friend. Lauren is astonished that Arthur can see her. In reality, Lauren’s comatose body is across town in a hospital, which makes her unique among ghosts, as she is not yet dead. How the two of them fall in love while dealing with these circumstances makes for an amusing and insightful story. Should Lauren’s mother suspend life support? Can Arthur save the woman he loves? Can the ghost reunite with her body or will she remain only a ghost in Arthur’s life? Author Marc Levy has written a remarkable and unusual love story that is sure to entertain and delight you.… (more)
LibraryThing member JenneB
I picked this up (while weeding books at my library) because that movie with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, where she's in a coma and he falls in love with her ghost, was based on it.
I didn't like the movie that much, but I thought maybe the book would be good, I'm not sure why.
Anyway, it wasn't.… (more)
LibraryThing member CherieReads
I really wanted to like this book. I thought the idea was great and it sounded very entertaining. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This is a short book, but it took me twice as long as it usually would to get through it because I had to force myself to finish it. I can't really put my finger on what it was...I just didn't get into this one. I won't say it was horrible because it had its entertaining and funny parts, but all in all this was not a favorite of mine.… (more)
LibraryThing member Azacia
This book was a delightful read. I'm not sure the title fits with the story. The story is about a young doctor, Lauren, who gets into a car accident and ends up in a very deep coma. Doctors and her Mom begin to see the recovery as hopeless as she appears to be brain dead on all scans. However, her spirit is alive and manages to manifest itself back to her old apartment where a young architect, Arthur, currently resides.

What unfolds is a beautiful story about love and making the most of the time you have. The dialogue between the spirit of the comatose doctor and the architect who not only tries to help her, but falls in love along the way is beautifully written. The letters from Arthur's mother who past away and flashbacks to when he was a boy are touching.

This book has lots of great quotes and meaningful messages that will stick with the reader long past the end of the story. Some of the activities in the novel are a little far-fetched at times, but the story is wonderful!
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LibraryThing member Miguelnunonave
A cute little book based on a very original idea. But also a ghost story that is so plainly written that it fails to stimulate your appetite for transcendental stuff. It just feels like a sloppy and harmless fairy tale. The writing is also full of clichés. Nevertheless, still worth reading.
LibraryThing member Laurochka
I really enjoyed this book. Iw as already familiar with the Holllywood version of the film "Just Like Heaven", however the book is quite different.
It's main philosophy is to live in the present and to appreciate and enjoy the smaller more simple things in life. A nice sentiment and a gently enjoyable book.
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LibraryThing member grandpahobo
The story is a good one with potential, but I found the dialog between the characters to be a bit shallow. The characters themselves weren't very complex.
LibraryThing member kmmsb459
I just couldn't get into it.
LibraryThing member LyndaInOregon
If Only He Could Have Made Up His Mind.....

Marc Levy has an idea here -- about the "ghost" of a young woman who isn't really dead, only lying comatose in a San Francisco hospital. Her ... soul, if you will ... is hanging around her former apartment, which has just been rented to a young architect.

This is a fine set-up for a fantasy rom-com. Arthur is the only one who can see or hear Lauren, and of course there's the obligatory "who is he talking to?" reaction from onlookers.

Unfortunately, Levy doesn't seem to be able to make up his mind whether he wants to write a romantic fantasy, an inspirational love-beyond-the-grave weeper, or a police procedural. Any time a novel rings in a whole new cast of characters 50 pages from the end, it's a screaming neon sign pointing directly at a writer who really doesn't know what he's doing.

You can entertain yourself for an afternoon with this, but don't expect any big emotional payoff.
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299 p.; 6.98 inches


2266104535 / 9782266104531
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