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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
In Until I Met Jake, Kimberly J. Coleman narrates the story of a woman named Christina. She finds herself trapped in an eerily empty, colorless world when she meets Jake, an eight-year-old boy. Without his parents to guide him, Jake is frightened, looking up to Christina for support. To keep him engaged, Christina shares her life story in detail. Jake’s innocent yet poignant questions cast a new light on her life, making her rethink her emotions and actions. Gradually, Christina starts to feel an unprecedented affection toward the lonely boy and vows to protect him. But to do so, they must wake up from the state of limbo surrounding them. With time running out, will Christina be able to save both of them?
Kimberly J. Coleman’s book was a simple yet thought-provoking read. Christina, hardened by grief and misfortune, starts opening up to Jake. A thorough contemplation and analysis of her life provide her with answers to many unresolved issues. Until I Met Jake centers on the theme of grief management. Using Christina’s example, Coleman deftly shows how we need to let go of grief and anger to rediscover ourselves. The key to healing lies within our core, our subconscious; all we need is to listen to that inner me. Our dreams can often open the door to all answers. Christina’s loving siblings and friends form a wonderful support system to assist her in overcoming past traumas. This heart-warming novel thus holds a beacon of hope for readers who are struggling with unresolved pasts.