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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
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Jul 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, fiction
Read from July 22 to 26, 2011

This is an entirely different novel from what I thought I was picking up, and I am so very glad. Where Things Come Back has a mystery in it, but the focus on the characters--particularly, the coming of age of Cullen, who tells the story--drives the reader to truly care about what happens. It's not the "who dunnit" that matters here at all, which is both surprising and refreshing. Rarely do I feel so entirely connected to characters, and more rare is a novel that makes me believe, even for a moment, that fantasy is real. I worried about these people.

Read it to experience a seventeen-year-old's summer. Read it to discover (or rediscover) that wonderful and terrifying in-between space of young adulthood. Read it to experience a little bit of the South and to understand why we get so excited about things like town fairs and rare birds. Read it for Cullen's ever-growing list of book titles. Just read it!
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