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If Only It Were True
If Only It Were True
Author: Marc Levy
ISBN-13: 9780613334754
ISBN-10: 0613334752
Publication Date: 10/2001
Rating:
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Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
Book Type: School Library Binding
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
I really enjoyed listening to this in the car. I was curious as to how much it would be like the movie. It was very much like the movie, but different enough that it made it very interesting sort of mentally comparing the two as it went along. It was just different enough to make it worth knowing both stories. I really loved the movie, but wasn't irritated by the differences, as sometimes happens. And I especially loved that it was not abridged. I really hate listening to abridged books. It was a good combination of love story and mystery. But it wasn't syrupy romance. A very unique premise and story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Love story with about as much excitement as watching paint dry. Cute and bubbly but no substance.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is one of the most fascinating books I have read.
Who knows what happens when a person is in a coma?
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a really cute story. the plot is much more developed and really different from the film "just like heaven"
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved this book much better then the movie
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The movie "Almost Heaven" is BASED on this book...(notice the emphasis - BASED).

YA-First-time novelist Levy scored a bestseller with this book in his native France. It is a light, frothy tale of love conquering all, even a coma. Lauren Kline, a medical resident at San Francisco Memorial Hospital, is young, beautiful, and content with her life. Then a faulty steering mechanism in her old clunker of a car causes her to suffer head injuries in a shattering car accident. As she later explains, she could hear everything around her in the hospital recovery room, but could neither move, see, nor speak. She learns that she is languishing in a coma, having somehow survived being pronounced dead. Enter Arthur, an architect and partner in a restoration firm, who recently moved into an apartment and finds it comes equipped with an unexpected bonus-Lauren. Well, her spirit, anyway, since her body continues to reside in the very hospital in which she worked. She's not dead, so the apartment-dwelling Lauren is not actually a ghost, and she seems to have form and substance, but only Arthur can see and hear her. Readers learn that for months she has been psychically transporting her spirit all over the city until she finally comes back to her own apartment-now Arthur's. This feel-good story is an easy and engrossing read, and it should be particularly popular with teen girls.
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Quite a different story from the movie and, in my opinion, WAY better than the movie!
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A heartwarming love story thats impossible to forget.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought the idea of this book was fascinating. A person physically totally inert in a coma, but their actual 'self' running around loose and unable to communicate with anyone because that 'self' can't be heard or seen, and then suddenly... Somebody can hear them! What if...?
The book was a little slow and preachy even if it was a good story.


From back cover: What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her -- and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment.Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care -- which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish -- he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.If Only It Were True is a heartwarming love story impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious -- a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe.
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Usually when movies are adapted from novels, audiences collectively agree that the original manuscript is better than what ends up on the big screen. In the case of "Just Like Heaven," (originally published as "If Only it were True"), the opposite is true. Nevertheless, the story is still charming, just not as likeable as the movie with Reese Witherspoon.
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This book is the book that Just Like Heaven was based on. Great book!
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The book 'Just Like Heaven' is based on. It's a fast read. Really good, but the movie is A LOT different.
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excellent book though different than the movie and alot better.
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This is a great story! Very heartwarming! It is now the major motion picture, "Just Like Heaven" -- this is the novel that the movie is based on. I liked it a lot.
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Truly romantic novel!
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Cute story. Nothing spectacular, but an entertaining light read. It was a romantic/chick-lit type of story written by a guy, which made it a bit different than other stories I've read in the genre.

A lame movie was made based on this book called Just Like Heaven. Read the book, skip the movie.
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Really fun read. Sexy guy.
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I love this novel! It was the book the movie "Just Like Heaven" was based on.
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Good book and well-thought out story line. The author weaves his tale around the eternal question of what really happens when a person is in a coma, and subject to death by disconnection of life support.

It is not a humorous story but the characters are great with one-liners and keep a very serious subject lighthearted. Also the descriptions of scenery where they are is incredible and made this reader feel as though I had been on a vacation!

This book is for those needing an escape, those who want a little romance and especially those who want an answer to that eternal question. It sure convinced me.
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Very cute story, warm and fuzzy.
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Charming fluff, with some thought-provoking ideas.
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A fast paced book about a woman who is comatose who also is a "ghost" and the only person who can see and feel her is Arthur. Arthur is now living in Laurens old apartment when it was sold after she went into a coma. There was a movie made from this book with Reese Witherspoon "Seems Like Heaven". Arthur and Lauren are trying to figure out why this has happened. When Laurens mom is going to "pull the plug" Arthur makes plans to kidnap Laurens body. Enjoyable book but a little disappointed with the ending.
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Cute and short (246 pp) romantic story. As usual, better than the movie.
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Unexpectedly weird but a good story once you realize the direction it is going.
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This is a very charming book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The premise is unbelievable but both Lauren and Arthur say it is unbelievable and must be believed. Although the premise in unbelievable, it makes such a wonderful story.
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Very enjoyable story.
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This is a reprint of a book published in 2000, originally titled "If Only it Were True". They have renamed it to match the movie based on the book which was released recently. You might have more luck finding a copy with the old title!!!!
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This is a sweet story. A very easy read for the subway or beach. I liked it better than the movie.
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Cute, easy read...makes me want to see the movie!
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This has an interesting premise and is a different book: It magical where a gal is in two places at the same time. There is humor and the author examines life, love and grabbing what you can each day.
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This book is about a woman who lives a busy life as a doctor, and ends up in a terrible crash. She comes back to her apartment as a ghost and the only person who can see her is a gentleman who rents her apartment.

If you have seen the movie, you will like the book.
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This is the original book by Marc Levy, upon which the movie "Just Like Heaven" was based. The book has been re-released with the new title, but this is the original. Great love story, much better than the movie interpretation!
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Very cute book just like the movie with the same premise "Just like heaven".
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Very well written and enjoyable story if a bit far-fetched. Looking forward to seeing the movie adapted from this book.
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The basis for the movie "Just Like Heaven" with Reese Witherspoon. The book was about as good as the movie....not great but mildly entertaining.
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This was an awesome book! It was one of those books I read until I was too tired to stayt awake any longer. Very sweet romance story telling of one man's courage to do what his heart was telling him to do.
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Entertaining.
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They must have made the movie Heaven Can Wait based on this book. But the book is not so light comedy. A women is in a coma, her body is seen by the man who rents her apt. Only he sees her and talks to her and falls in love with her and tries to make sure her coma body in the hospital is not disconnected from life support. I liked it, it was odd but good.
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i loved this book! great love story
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Suprisingly...a very good book!
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Interesting concept!
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Cute romance with a bit of humor
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I loved this story, it was great!!
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Sweet, unexpected love story.
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What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her---and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town?
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LOVED THIS BEAUTIFUL STORY OF A PERSON FINDING A GHOST IN HIS CLOSET.
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DIscover a beautiful ghost in your closet? No way! Yep! Arthur, a young San Francsician architect is faced with this dilemma when her finds Lauren in his apratment. Lauren is actually in a coma-and that's wehere the fun begins. Of course they fall in love-but can't be together if they do the right thing-or can they.

Great, fun, fast read!
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Enjoyed this ghostly story.
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This is an entirely different book then I have ever read. An interesting twist to a love story. I enjoyed it very much.
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I first read this book in 2004 (I think) and I remember telling my husband that it would make a great movie. I was so excited when I found out it was being made into a movie, until I watched it. Too bad the movie it was missing that special something that the book had.
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LOVE THIS BOOK
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Loved this book.. can't wait for the movie!
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This was a very cute story-!

Ellen
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What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her -- and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?
This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment.
Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care -- which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish -- he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.
If Only It Were True is a heartwarming love story impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious -- a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe.
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A worthwhile read. Quick touching story.
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I spent 2 days on the porch reading this book, non-stop. It was one of the best books I've ever read. I voraciously read and I also KEEP the good ones forever. This one will NOT be available to swap from me, it's staying on my shelf! Thanks alot for letting me have it, paperbackswap!
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This book was a really great book, right from the start the book peaked my interest. This book makes you wonder about your presence of your mind and spirit during a coma. If you believe in the spirit's / angel's why couldn't this happen, it's nice to think it could happen to people in coma's , instead of there mind and spirit just laying there waiting to revive ,once again. I had a daughter with illnesses and I truly believe her spirit is here among us.
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This is based on a movie. Excellent book
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Such a sweet book. I think I originally read this when it may have had another title? Could be mistaken. Fast moving.
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If you have seen the movie "Just Like Heaven" and enjoyed it, this is the book for you. Set in San Francisco, it is a book of faith in what is unbelievable. Is it the afterlife, or the inbetween life? What happens to a soul when the body is caught in a limbotic state?

Find out in a book about a woman comatose, and a man who found himself assisting her, devoid of the knowledge that he needed to.
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This is one of the best books I have read in recent times. Mystery, sadness, amusement, seriousness all in one small book. Great characterizations.
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This was a good book. It has a little of everything, mystery, romance and a little paranormal;
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(back cover) what do you do when you find a stranger in your closet, particularly whe she's surprised that you can even see her- and she can disappear and reappear at whim? what if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?
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Liked this book so much have 2
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GReat Love Story
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Arthur discovers Lauren hiding in the closet of his house . . . she is as shocked as he is. Turns out Lauren has been in a coma for many months, lying unresponsive in a hospital bed. Arthur is now renting Lauren's old house. Somehow, Lauren has managed to "teleport" herself through time and space . . . and until this moment, no one has been able to see or hear her, until Arthur.

It takes some convincing to get Arthur to believe, but once he does, he wants to help. It turns out that Lauren's mother wants to remove Lauren from life support. Find out what happens as Arthur falls in love with the image of LAuren that only he can see, hear and touch, and what happens as her body lies helpless in the hospital.
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Nice story. Fun to hear.
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This set contains 5 CD's.
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Made into movie JUST LIKE HEAVEN starring Reese Witherspoon. What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her--and she can disappear and reappear at whim? what if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure? This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment. Arther is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care--which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish--he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save HIM. A heartwarming love story impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious--a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe.
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First-time novelist Levy scored a bestseller with this book in his native France. It is a light, frothy tale of love conquering all, even a coma. Lauren Kline, a medical resident at San Francisco Memorial Hospital, is young, beautiful, and content with her life. Then a faulty steering mechanism in her old clunker of a car causes her to suffer head injuries in a shattering car accident. As she later explains, she could hear everything around her in the hospital recovery room, but could neither move, see, nor speak. She learns that she is languishing in a coma, having somehow survived being pronounced dead. Enter Arthur, an architect and partner in a restoration firm, who recently moved into an apartment and finds it comes equipped with an unexpected bonus-Lauren. Well, her spirit, anyway, since her body continues to reside in the very hospital in which she worked. She's not dead, so the apartment-dwelling Lauren is not actually a ghost, and she seems to have form and substance, but only Arthur can see and hear her. Readers learn that for months she has been psychically transporting her spirit all over the city until she finally comes back to her own apartment-now Arthur's. This feel-good story is an easy and engrossing read, and it should be particularly popular with teen girls.
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This story will have you thinking. It also is a real love story. You will love it...
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So so book, not bad, not great. A decent diversion while doing other things.
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What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet and she tells you that her body is in a coma across town? Should you send her to a psychiatrist? Consult one yourself? Or do you believe, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?
That is the dilemma Arthur faces when he discovers Lauren in his San Francisco apartment. He is the only person who can see her, hear her, talk to her; no one else even senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care---and destroy the magical bond she and Arthur share---he must find a way to save her. For it is only her love that can save him in return.
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What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; articularly when she's surprised that you can even see her - and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?

This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment.

Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secreet, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare Lauren's physical care - which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish - he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.
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Unabridged love story; 5 C.D.'s; 6 hours.
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A national best seller !