Jul 3, 2011

#65 - "Where Things Come Back" by John Corey Whaley (ARC)

Title: Where Things Come Back
Author: John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 3rd, 2011
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781442413337

Read from April 27 to May 3, 2011!

Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . .
In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone's eating "Lazarus burgers." But as absurd as the town's carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen’s sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared.
While Cullen navigates his way through a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it. As distant as the two stories seem at the start, they are thoughtfully woven ever closer together and through masterful plotting, brought face to face in a surprising and harrowing climax.

Complex but truly extraordinary, tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the ordinary and emerges as ultimately hopeful. It's about a lot more than what Cullen calls, “that damn bird.” It’s about the dream of second chances.

My rating: 4.5 of 5

My thoughts on the book:
I loved this book. I didn't know at the beginning what to think of it. The same goes for the main character Cullen, but slowly I started to love this book & I liked Cullen, too! I liked almost all other characters, too. They were all interesting & I loved Gabriel from beginning, he's an amazing character! It's really good story, the characters interestingly intertwined & it's sad, yet funny & definitely complex. Since this was an e-galley I got from Simon & Schuster, this is definitely a book that it's now on my to-buy list & a book that I'd like to read again & I recommend it!


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