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Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

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Noggin by John Corey Whaley

When 16-year old Travis finds out that he’s not going to beat the acute lymphoblastic leukemia (i.e. cancer) that has suddenly taken over his body, he volunteers for a new experimental treatment: he has his head cut off and cryogenically frozen. It takes five years for a donor body to become available, and when Travis wakes up in the hospital after those five long years he feels like he’s just woken up from a nap.

Travis becomes a media sensation. He’s one of only two successful head transplants, but he feels like his regular old self. He goes back to live with his same parents, goes back to his same school, and tries to rekindle relationships with his girlfriend, Cate, and best friend, Kyle. Obviously things can’t go back to the way they were. Kyle, who confided that he’s gay on Travis’ deathbed, is dating a girl when Travis comes back to life, which seems odd. And Cate is now engaged to a 25-year old man.

Five years have gone by for everyone else, but Travis is still the same 16-year old he was when he died. He makes it his mission to make things right with Kyle and Cate, even though he’d be better off trying to move on than get back with Cate. Travis truly believes that he and Cate belong together, which makes some uncomfortable and frankly sad situations.

Travis has a way of emerging from something truly tragic with a one-liner that makes you laugh out loud. It’s one of the talents of author Whaley – you know you’re going to laugh and you know you’re going to cry. Recommended for fans of The Fault In Our Stars and for lovers of reality fiction with a sci-fi twist.

Annica, CLP-West End

 

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble.

 

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Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

I believe the book Fang Girl by Helen Keeble is a great read for young adults.  It shows readers that the unexpected can always happen.  Fang Girl by Helen Keeble is a funny book about vampires.  It has a lot to offer besides being funny however.  It has a great plot that kept me entertained the whole book.  It is a wonderful book that young adults should read.

Jamee, CLP-Homewood Branch

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