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Where Things Come Back

by John Corey Whaley

Atheneum Books For Young Readers | July 24, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Where Things Come Back is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Winner of the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Awards, this poignant and hilarious story of loss and redemption “explores the process of grief, second chances, and even the meaning of life” (Kirkus Reviews).

In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.
     Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.
     This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: July 24, 2012

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442413344

ISBN - 13: 9781442413344

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needed A Little More.. Coming from many positive reviews, I really began to believe that this book would be amazing, truth is, it wasn't. I was waiting for that moment where I would just be like "Ahh, what a refreshing fantastic read!" but don't even expect a moment like that to occur while reading this book. So, basically we have another of those wannabe contemporary novels with a male protagonist who tries to be chill and somewhat like a character from "The Giver" or from one of those bestselling teen novels that almost everyone completely adored. Throughout the novel, I felt like there was something hiding in between the lines, especially about Cullen, the MC. He was very vague, and throughout the whole novel, we really didn't find out much about him. He seemed very depressed and annoying, and I find that teens looking for a kick-butt main character won't find that in him at all. He seemed like a boring teen boy who had no potential in him and no chance of succeeding in life. I really thought that something mental strange was going on with him. "Your mind has a way of not letting you forget things you wish you could. Especially with people. Like, you'll always try your best to forget things that people say to you or about you, but you always remember. And you'll try to forget things you've seen that no one should see, but you just can't do it. And when you try to forget someone's face, you can't get it out of your head."  This book was full of many life-changing lessons and inspirational quotes. It's written so deeply, and you could definitely tell that there was some sort of backstory behind it all. Just look at that gorgeous quote above. <3 but="" the="" problem="" was,="" i="" wish="" there="" was="" more.="" the="" story="" was="" too="" short,="" and="" the="" plot="" wasn't="" captivating.="" i="" didn't="" see="" a="" main="" point.="" lol,="" cullen="" seemed="" so="" desperate="" and="" thirsty="" for="" romance,="" it's="" like="" he="" was="" putting="" himself="" towards="" all="" of="" the="" drama="" with="" the="" ladies,="" i="" laughed="" so="" many="" times="" reading="" his="" stupidity="" with="" chicks. ="" by="" the="" end,="" i="" pretty="" much="" believed="" that="" this="" wasn't="" the="" right="" book="" for="" me.="" it="" really="" wasn't="" my="" type.="" i="" felt="" too="" much="" negativity="" towards="" it,="" but="" i="" feel="" that="" a="" 3="" star="" rating="" would="" probably="" the="" best="" for="" my="" thoughts="" and="" how="" they="" were="" put="" together.="" i="" recommend="" this,="" don't="" get="" me="" wrong.="" you="" will="" like="" this="" book="" if="" you="" like="" the="" book="" "feed,"="" which="" i="" actually="" never="" picked="" up="" but="" only="" have="" read="" the="" summary="" for.="" they="" do="" sound="" similar,="" though.="">
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down, it was quite an easy read, but it was very enjoyable
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Books like this make the world go round The first part of the book was kind of confusing to me because each chapter switches from a missionary to cullen, and for the first 4 chapters I thought it was the same person (haha, I honestly don't know how I didn't pick it up that they were different stories). The first bit of the book was a little slow, but that's just because it's introducing everything and how it will lead up to the ending. When I realized how everything was fitting together like a puzzle piece I could not put the book down because I wanted to know how and why it all connected together. Finding out how it all fits perfectly is so captivating because for some of the book I was so confused as to how the two stories were relevant to each other. I was a little skeptical about getting this book, but I am glad I did. This book is now one of my favourites. 
Date published: 2013-11-08

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Where Things Come Back

by John Corey Whaley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: July 24, 2012

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442413344

ISBN - 13: 9781442413344

About the Book

Just when 17-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. Tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the ordinary and emerges as ultimately hopeful.

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CHAPTER ONE All the Idealism in the World Couldn’t Shake This Feeling I was seventeen years old when I saw my first dead body. It wasn’t my cousin Oslo’s. It was a woman who looked to have been around fifty or at least in her late forties. She didn’t have any visible bullet holes or scratches, cuts, or bruises, so I assumed that she had just died of some disease or something; her body barely hidden by the thin white sheet as it awaited its placement in the lockers. The second dead body I ever saw was my cousin Oslo’s. I recognized his dirty brown shoes immediately as the woman wearing the bright white coat grasped the metallic handle and yanked hard to slide the body out from the silvery wall. “That’s him,” I said to her. “You sure?” “Positive.” His eyes were closed. His lips purple. His arms had bruises and track marks. Nothing was hidden from view, as he had died in a sleeveless white T-shirt, one of the same he had worn nearly every day of his life. There was something white in the corners of his mouth, but I didn’t ask what it might be. I didn’t really say much after that. The woman waited there for me to cry or say “I’m done,” or something. But I didn’t do a thing. I just stared at him. And I’m not sure if I was thinking anything at that moment either. I wasn’t thinking about missing him or pitying him or even about how angry I was at him. I was just st
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From the Publisher

Winner of the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Awards, this poignant and hilarious story of loss and redemption &#8220;explores the process of grief, second chances, and even the meaning of life&#8221; (Kirkus Reviews).

In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter&#8217;s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary&#8217;s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.

About the Author

John Corey Whaley grew up in a small southern town. He has a BA from Louisiana Tech University and an MA in secondary English education. Where Things Come Back is his first novel.

Editorial Reviews

&#8220;[A] smart, darkly funny, and multilayered debut&#8230;. Whaley weaves numerous story lines and themes together with the confidence of a seasoned writer, resulting in a thought-provoking story about media, faith, and family.&#8221;

Appropriate for ages: 14

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