Why I chose this book:
I plan on going to the North Texas Teen Book Festival in March, and I knew that Corey Whaley would be there. I met him about six months ago, and I was so sad that I hadn't had time to read any of his books before meeting him, because he's seriously awesome... and utterly HILARIOUS! So I promised myself that b the next time I see him I will have read at least one of his books by then.
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: April 8th 2014
Synopsis:Listen--Travis Coates was alive once and the he wasn't.Now he's alive again.Simple as that.The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that at some point or another, his head got chopped off and showed into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy's body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too.Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.Oh well, you only live twice. (Goodreads)
I liked every stinkin' thing about this book. I liked his friendship with Hatton the most, I think. I found Hatton to be the comedic relief in the otherwise farily serious book. I honestly expected the book to be full of jokes and have me rolling constantly, but after finishing it, it left me pondering and reflecting more than I thought I would. So much so, that I'm very glad it had Hatton for some slight comedic relief, but it didn't overpower the true strength and seriousness of the story.
While reading this book I also found that I sincerely liked the way Whaley writes. He is a wordsmith and describes emotions so vividly that I audibly gasp sometimes. I would consider Noggin to be one of the more "literary" Young Adult novels if I could use that term. I felt like this book was so much more than just your normal realistic (though slightly science fiction) fiction novel. The book wasn't surface level or obsessed with Travis's overflowing love for his past girlfriend Cate. Whaley uses events and friendships as a way of showing what living life truly means and the pits of the human condition.
I my opinion, I loved every singly second of this book. It wasn't riddled with blatant metaphors and obscure allusions that only a few well-learned readers would get. It wasn't like The Fault in Our Stars, and Whaley did not remind me of John Green's works (thank God), which are generally touted as "literary YA" books. Noggin was purely Whaley's, and I freakin' LOVED it! He writes in a very straight forward manner (no purple prose here), but sometimes he ties words together that create such an amazing picture in your head that you can't help but whisper dang right in the middle of reading this book.
This guy wins awards for a reason, people! You should take a chance on this amazing book! I promise, you won't be disappointed.
I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.