The Compulsive Reader: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Monday, February 10, 2014

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

When Travis Coates was sixteen, he technically died. His healthy head was cut off his cancer-ridden body and frozen until medical science could develop the technology to bring him back. What Travis doesn’t expect is that science will give him a new body only five years later. Everyone in his life is grateful to have him back, but Travis is caught in a weird limbo where everything is familiar but not the same. If he can just show everyone he is back and ready to pick up where he left off, maybe things can go back to normal.

Whaley’s high concept story provides an interesting framework in which to explore how relationships with our loved ones can change and evolve as we move through life. Travis is obsessed with winning back his first girlfriend, Cate, who mourned him and is now engaged to someone else, and the lengths he goes to prove his love drive much of the plot. Whaley rolls with the ridiculous and unbelievable scenarios that unfold in the novel, laying the groundwork to interesting and complicated relationships with each of his friends and his parents. Travis is slow to accept his new life and sometimes Whaley back away from pivotal conversations and confrontations, choosing to recount them out of scene, which jars the pacing at times. However, Noggin is a very funny, very clever book with a strong voice and important insights about love, relationships, death, and second chances.

Cover Comments: I like how bright and simple this cover is. I'm not sure what sort of message the doll on the cover will send, but I think it makes for an eye-catching cover nonetheless. (Related...the doll looks like someone I think I should know.)

Noggin will be released on April 8th, 2014!

ARC picked up at the Heartland Fall Forum.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness I WANT THIS BOOK SO BAD!!!! I am so excited for this book! EEEEEE!

Irene Jennings said...

The author does a good job of describing the emotions and reactions of all of the characters.

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