Whaley, John Corey

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 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 guys body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, hes still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe shes not his girlfriend anymore? Thats a bit fuzzy too Listen Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasnt. Now hes alive again. Simple as that

Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2014]
ISBN: 1442458720
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION WHALE...J
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 26, 2015
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Grow apart." So often, when two people are asked to explain why their relationship has changed and isn't working out, at least one of them will say that they have simply grown apart. They have grown in different ways so that they have less connection and less in common than they once did. Sometimes it's not so much a matter of growing in different directions as growing at different rates.

Noggin is the ultimate tale of growing at different rates. Travis was dying of cancer, his body a waste, when he decided to enroll in a program from science fiction: he agreed to have his head cryogenically frozen in the hopes that someday medicine might be able to provide him with a new body. Saying goodbye to his loved ones is the last thing he remembers before waking up with his head attached to a new body. Except he's not 50 years in the future as expected, only a mere 5. His family, friends, and girlfriend are around much more tangibly than he ever thought possible, and he's suddenly faced with the prospect of picking his life up right where he left off.

At least, that's what it feels like to Travis. He was asleep for a few hours and now he's back, ready for everything to be the same. Everyone else, though, has spent 5 years living their lives without Travis, deciding whether and how to move on and become different people. They have grown. He has not. Now, none of the people Travis loves most make any sense to him and he has no idea who he is in relation to them or how to move forward.

I have to admit, with it's sci fi sounding premise, I expected this book to have more outrageous moments and elements. Aside from the medical advances, though, it was a realistic tale of normal people trying to deal with an extraordinary circumstance. And aside from the drama created by that circumstance, it's an entirely relatable tale of people that normal readers can see themselves reflected in. We may not have experienced "growing apart" in such a radical way as Travis has, but we've all experienced it enough to know what he's going through.

This one is surprising, personal, and moving.

Nov 11, 2014
  • L1zard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Highly recommend this book, and not just for teens. The message that comes out of this is life at any age, and love at any age is confusing and special.

Not overly teen-y. Not overly angst-y. (Not super sad either!)

Oct 22, 2014

Not just your average Teen "Sick Lit." Travis Coates' head goes in the deep freeze for 5 years and when he wakes up, his head is attached to someone else's body. What happens when you wake up from a very long sleep? People move on, things change, but you're still in 10th grade. Funny and moving.

Imagine coming back from the dead! Travis's head is reattached to a new teen body, five years after freezing it on his deathbed. His parents, girlfriend, and best friend have all aged. Everything is just different enough to be weird! Great book if you like quirky, realistic reads with a twist of sci-fi, that make you ponder.

Jun 17, 2014
  • katrinka28 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I had high hopes for this one. I love weird contemporaries. But for some reason I just did not connect with this story. I liked the narrator and I understood the thought behind this novel. What would it be like to come back 5 years after you died? It's a great premise with lots of opportunity for great emotional revelations. But, much like his previous release, Where Things Come Back, I feel like there was not enough substance for the amount of book. There were some good vignettes, but that could not carry the whole book.

Final recommendations: if you like slightly weird contemporary, unrequited love, impossible circumstances

Jun 13, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Travis Coates has a unique perspective on life now that his head has been thawed out and attached to a new body.
- Andrea Lipinski

May 05, 2014

"Travis Coates is back from the dead, but he still can't get a life. As a terminally ill 16-year-old, Travis had agreed to have his head cryogenically frozen, thinking he'd be revived in the far future. Instead, it's only five years later when he wakes up with his head attached to a donor body. Though Travis is grateful, adjusting to his new reality is confusing: his gay best friend Kyle is back in the closet, his girlfriend Cate is engaged to some other guy, and he's still stuck in high school while everyone else has moved on. If you appreciate angst sprinkled with humour, don't miss this "satisfyingly oddball" (Kirkus Reviews) coming-of-age story." Teen Scene May 2014 newsletter


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Mar 26, 2015
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There is no delicate way to tell a person that he is holding a container full of the incinerated remains of his own body.

Mar 26, 2015
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I'm not sure I can do this anymore."

"Do what?"

"This. Exist. Be here like this with everything so #@$%ed up."

"Hey, Travis? I don't think it really matters if you know how to exist."

"What do you mean?"

"I don't think any of us do."

"Then what are we doing?"

"I don't know. We're just meandering."

Jun 19, 2014
  • rkwlovesbooks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'd seen one, a meteor. It was yellow - maybe gold, even - and it streaked right across the sky. Younger kids would have called it a shooting star. But we'd reached that age where the science behind it mattered, where the wonders of the universe needed to be further explained to mesmerize us. But still, it was beautiful and, even though this sounds weird, it made me feel really tiny and insignificant. And I liked that. Maybe I wasn't supposed to, but I did. (168)


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Jul 04, 2014
  • Melaniejones rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Melaniejones thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 17

Jun 19, 2014
  • rkwlovesbooks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

rkwlovesbooks thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18


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Jun 19, 2014
  • rkwlovesbooks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Travis thought it would be a "dream come true" to be brought back to life cancer-free. Going to high school when his ex-soul mate, Cate, and ex-best friend, Kyle, have moved on with their lives - making him a thing of the past - is a bit of a nightmare though!


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