Monday, May 19, 2014

Noggin Is a Wonderful Read

Sometimes I read a book that just blows me away, and this is that book.  The creativity, the humor and the touching moments make this a brilliant read.  I laughed, I cried, I cringed!

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Title:       Noggin

Author:  John Corey Whaley

Target:   Grades 8 and up

Series:    No

What this book is about: 
Travis is sixteen and has leukemia, incurable leukemia.  An opportunity is presented to him where he can have his head removed from his disease ravaged body and saved until science is able to transplant that head on to a healthy body.  Five years later he wakes up to a world that has moved forward, a girlfriend who is engaged to someone else and a body that is strong and healthy (and happily a few inches taller than his old one.)   But managing this miracle, for all involved, is more challenging than anyone expected.

Why I love this book: 
Ok, this book is disturbing, a little creepy and so good I couldn’t put it down.  With this premise the story either has to be fabulous or it will feel like a big mistake.  Thankfully it is masterfully done.

This story works because it is about the personal journeys everyone is going through as they deal with Tavis returning.  Travis is such an appealing character that you can’t help liking him immediately and he adds enough levity to his situation that the book never gets bogged down in being too sentimental.

This book had my crying and cheering, laughing and cringing.  I read it in one sitting.

Who this book is for: 
I couldn’t wait to get this book in the hands of my teenage son.  There is some swearing in the book and some references to sex, although there is no actual sex in the book.  The amazing love and empathy in the book, however, is the show stopper.

Final thoughts:  
The absolute best head transplant story you will read this year.

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