Noggin {Read-A-Thon Book Review}


Published Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Author: John Corey Whaley
Pages: 356
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Science Fiction

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then 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 shoved 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. – Summary from Goodreads

When I read Where Things Come Back, I knew that I would read anything ever written by John Corey Whaley. He is hilarious and such a great storyteller. His ideas are crazy good and his execution is perfect. Noggin was no exception.

In Noggin we meet Travis Coates. He got cancer and died…well, sort of died. His body died. His head…well…it went into a cryogenic freezer in hopes to be reanimated one day. It seems completely ridiculous but SO TOTALLY AWESOME, right? Right. So, what happens when the reanimation works, a donor body is given to the Coates family and their son is brought back from the dead? Noggin is what happens. This is a book about second chances and what it feels like to wake up from a nap and discovering that 5 years have gone by and everything has changed.

I have to be honest with you, I loved this book and even though I liked him, Travis got on my nerves after a while. He liked to harp and whine and dwell. Don’t get me wrong, I get it. It was part of the plot, part of his character growth. Plus, who wouldn’t be like that after going through what he went through. Travis left his life at 16 and woke up thinking that nothing had changed. And his struggle to accept how things had to be now that he’s still 16 and everyone else is 5 years older….*sigh* it’s tough as heck. I guess I just don’t like whiners. I mean, for real, I wanted to reach into the book and smack the guy in the face and tell him to shut up. However, it does even out and ends up being

All of that aside, this book was hilarious. Kyle and Hatton {old friend and new friend} provide the funniest dialogue. There was an ample amount of puns regarding missing heads or reattached heads which never got old. The story line is so original and so cool that I actually asked my stepdad {who is a doctor} if this could actually work. I mean, I know it’s farfetched and most likely impossible but still…I had to ask! Also…the feels!!!! This book is not short on feels. I cried {yeah, yeah, I know that’s not a shocker} and I laughed and I ached for Travis and his friends/family. It was a wild ride that I think most people would enjoy. I loved it mucho much! It gets 4/5 stars from me. The ending was a tad lackluster but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Still an awesome book!

So if you want a book that boasts a super cool, futuristic cryogenics plot, witty and hilarious writing and a shit ton of feels, then this is your book!

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository.


5 thoughts on “Noggin {Read-A-Thon Book Review}

      • Well, I’m gonna cheer for you anyway! Hang in there and do what you can and NOT MORE THAN YOU ENJOY. Read-A-Thons, in my opinion, are not about getting stressed, but pleasure. Keep up the good work doing whatever makes you want to come back again next year to read more!

      • Thank you so much, Jen!! And you’re right, it’s not about stress! Besides, I’m on my fifth book in 6 days. That’s pretty darn good. So I should be happy and not ill-content.

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