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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  11,384 ratings  ·  1,874 reviews
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
ebook, 340 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Charlotte I'd have to say no. He wants her to leave him so he can move on with his life without regrets and she with hers. At least that's my take on it.…moreI'd have to say no. He wants her to leave him so he can move on with his life without regrets and she with hers. At least that's my take on it.(less)
Joy Ruckoldt Loved this book and so did every one of my 9th grade students who picked it up for independent reading. Lots of kids ended up reading it after a frien…moreLoved this book and so did every one of my 9th grade students who picked it up for independent reading. Lots of kids ended up reading it after a friend recommended it. (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Need to let this one sink in before I comment my thoughts on it, but for the most part I enjoyed it.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I would say I “didn’t get” this story, but seriously . . .

The idea of Noggin was great . . .

“Everything can go from fine and dandy to dark and depressing faster than you can say ‘acute lymphoblastic leukemia.’”

When Travis Coates was diagnosed with terminal cancer as a 16-year old boy, he was offered a potential second chance . . . .

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Travis chose to roll the dice and have his head cryogenically frozen. What he didn’t plan o
Adam Silvera
NOGGIN is headed for greatness and is without a doubt my favorite YA book. I won't go into plot or anything because that would mean getting aHEAD of ourselves since it doesn't pub until next April, but for anyone who's read WHERE THINGS COME BACK, I promise you that NOGGIN is a follow-up that will blow your head off your shoulders.

I've never cried reading a book before - and I've read many, many books - but there was a beautiful scene that transformed me from robot to human and that's a testame
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

DISCLAIMER : Don't seek scientific accuracy because there's none, and, really, that's not the point. You don't believe me? Just imagine I'd ask John Corey Whaley if he wanted to tell a realistic story, scientifically wise.

"Yeah. Sure. That's exactly why I chose to talk about a guy whose head is cut off then frozen THEN attached to someone else's body. Sure." *side glances* - who is this crazy chick?

There's this weird thing we often use when reading scifi, called suspension of disbelief .
Neal Shusterman
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one! The premise here is my kind of story -- a dying kid decides to have his head cryogenically frozen, figuring if they ever revive him, it will be in the distant future. Well, surprise, it happens five years later. He now has the buff body of some dead kid, and has to deal with that, and the fact that everyone in his life is five years older, and his parents who had mourned him, now have him back, which is weird on all fronts.

Having explored similar transplant-related issue
Andrew Hicks
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
When I got married in 2007, we moved 120 miles away. In 2011, we moved back. I thought my return would be the best of both worlds - I’d have my new family life and old friends back, redefined for adulthood. I walked into my old bar, the neighborhood hangout from my single years, and the same people were there, many of them sitting on the same stools, all of them doing and talking the same shit. And for me - it was obvious, immediately - it wasn’t the same. Three years later, I still haven’t gone ...more
Elyse  Walters
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A few basic facts.....
It's a Young Adult book about a dying kid - *Travis* - who chooses to have his
head cryogenically frozen. Five years later - he's back - alive with a fit- and taller body.
To Travis, it only feels like he's been asleep for the night -- in no way does it seem like five years has gone by without him.

However, after Travis woke up his parents kept saying how much they missed him.
It made Travis feel weird. Very weird!
Everything is different ... everyONE is different.

Travis is
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: Mason
*edited somewhat 11-1-15 with quotes and extra thoughts*

“Maybe we all just exist, all versions of us exist at times, and we have to figure out a way to get to each of them, to find each one and tell that version that it's okay, that it's all just the way it works, a concept too powerful to ignore but too complicated to explain.”
“No matter how often you see or talk to someone, no matter how much you know them or don't know them, you always fill up some space in their lives that can't ever be re
Larry H
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this 4.5, maybe 4.75 stars.

One of the things I love so much about reading is what different books do for me. Some entertain, some manipulate my emotions (this is not necessarily a negative), some teach, some infuriate, and some make me think. I love when a book surprises me and does more than I expect. Such was the case with John Corey Whaley's spectacular second novel, Noggin. I enjoyed it tremendously (despite its offbeat premise) and it really made me think.

Travis Coates was a gravel
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016

I just finished this a second ago and I really don't know how to rate it! My thoughts are all over the place.

It was a book that made me think. The entire thing was one big what if? There were so many lines that really hit the nail on the head about dealing with loss and grieving, and learning to move on. Powerful stuff.

But at the same time, all these powerful thing were said but I feel like I didn't get to see them happen. There was very little plot movement in this book and I absolutely 100%
4 stars

When I was offered Noggin for review, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. From the blurb it just sounded unique and sort of weird. With the head cut off element, I thought it would be a bizarre kind of sci-fi, but nope. This book surprised me in the best possible way.

Noggin is actually sort of a cancer book. It centers on Travis Coates who, indeed, has his head cut off - but for a medical reason. He had a terminal form of cancer that had destroyed his body - except for his head. Know
I loved this book so much more than I was expecting. After reading the synopsis I was really intrigued and I was curious to see how this story would unfold. It did not disappoint at all. One minute i was literally laughing out loud (which is rare for me to actually do while reading) and the next I was crying. I couldn't believe how emotional some of these scenes were for me, and how attached I got to these characters. All of the characters in this book are well developed: Travis, Cate, Kyle, eve ...more
Ken Shindle
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Noggin is a disappointing follow-up to Whaley's thought-provoking, well-written Where Things Come Back; it's a predictable story filled with banalities, shallow characters, and completely unbelievable dialogue. I hate being hard on a book quite obviously written for children, but I've come to expect a lot more from YA literature.

Noggin reads like an elementary school version of The Great Gatsby (though Whaley adds curses, I guess, to make his story seem more mature): a male protagonist reemerges
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finally get it. The comparisons to John Green made by John Corey Whaley's fans? I see it now. As raw, devastating, and brilliant as The Fault in Our Stars was, Noggin matches those qualities and perhaps slightly exceeds them, a mass of painfully intense emotion that gains momentum as the story rolls toward a conclusion we're never quite ready for. The ability to thrust readers so deep into a story that they feel the main character's anxiety, tribulation, and heartbreak as if they were their ow ...more
Ginger at GReadsBooks
The brilliance of Corey Whaley shines so brightly in this unique & unforgettable story. I will be pushing this book on to every reader I know! Full review to come later.


[Original review posted at GReads!]

When I first heard about the concept for this story, my head literally spun (see what I did there?). The idea that someone could get a body transplant from the neck down sounds completely absurd. How in the world is that even possible?! Well, my friends, that's
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
One shouldn’t lose their head when dealing with life changes.

I read one other book by this author and I liked it so much I decided I wanted to read another. This book cured that craving and I won’t be back for more anytime soon. It’s not that it was bad, but that it was not my style. It was dripping with extremely predictable YA drama and I burnt out on that type of thing a few years back.

A walking science experiment experiences life after his first death. The people he left behind have move
Roo James
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Aww. What a great book. John Corey Whaley sure told a unique, beautiful story with this one.
The main character Travis, although experiencing something otherwise unheard of, is still very much relatable. The moments of sadness, confusion, optimism, hope and denial are experiences we've all felt at some point or another. In a way this story helped me make sense of all that. Kinda like catharsis or what have you.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a good read. Also, tha
Jacob McCabe
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What an amazing book. Now that Whaley has two books out, I can firmly say that he is one of my favorite authors.

Noggin has its slowish moments, but it is so unique compared to many contemporaries in its weird premise. It teaches you the importance of allowing people to be who they are, and to not try to make others behave in the way you expect them to. Fantastic book. One of my favorites.
Oct 04, 2014 added it
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*4.5 stars

Wow. This book is creepy and terrifying and moving and hilarious and really sad and depressing. I'll never forget the characters, the were so relatable no matter how far-fetched their situation was. I recommend Noggin to anyone who liked The Fault In Our Stars!
Neil (or bleed)
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Review to come.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. First of all, let me say that this book made me laugh so much. I loved the main character. He was just so funny and BRAVE, sometimes in that reckless kind of way. Okay, I admit he was also a little bit selfish, but aren't we all? We're all flawed. He had my type of humor. That kind of turning-everything-into-a-joke-even-in-the-most-morbid-of-times, playful sense of humor that I just personally love so much. Seriously.

My favorite parts were when he joked with his friends and when they made
Mari Kaplan
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Beyond the prompt, there wasn't much depth or really enticing storyline to this book. Sure- of course a story a kid who has his head chopped off, frozen and then reattached five years later has got to be some great tale, but it was a bit dull. The first few and last few chapters were worth reading, but otherwise, I finished this book fairly unsatisfied. ...more
Jeff Zentner
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From ages nineteen to twenty-one, I lived in the remote outback of the Brazilian Amazon. I had no access to radio, Internet, or television. When I got back to the U.S., it was like I'd been dead for two years. My girlfriend had moved on. There were hundreds of movies and TV shows I’d missed. I didn’t recognize any of the music on the radio. I found out about Columbine, the war in Bosnia, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I had to come to terms with a world that I only mostly still recognized.

Jeremy West
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
NOGGIN is a heartfelt story about love, sex, friendship, and family that might just be worth losing your head over. John Corey Whaley's unique voice and serious brilliance will strike a cord and may change your mind about decapitation. ...more
Debbie Narh

Noggin is a story full of bad jokes, awkward situations, and horrible puns. And I loved every second of it. I didn't feel like I was reading a work of fiction, instead, I felt as if I were reading a story, my story and my life of how I was brought back to life and forced to live in the present when I'm barely understanding the past. It's weird, confusing, and such a fun ride. John Corey Whaley is an author that I've been waiting for a long time and this will not be the last novel I've read b
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was torn between rating this book with two or three stars, so it's probably a 2.5 from me. Whaley's writing is a pleasure to read, the characters were colorfully drawn, and there are some genuinely funny moments in this book. But despite an inventive premise, the plot seemed dull and like it was retreading over themes present in many YA books.

The fact that much of the book is spent on Travis's relationship with Cate was particularly disappointing. When Travis wakes up, Cate is now
Ryan M. Hanna
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this premise of this book. Could it ever really be possible???? This book would appeal to most anyone - it was well-written, humorous, and full of heart. This book would be for a more mature reader.
Jen Ryland
Jul 24, 2013 added it
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Wow -- I didn't read the synopsis first and had no idea what this was about. Fabulously weird. Weirdly fabulous. Odd and touching and thought-provoking. ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book blew my mind. JC Whaley has some serious talent. A must read for anybody who likes extraordinary stuff.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
“We all get lots of people. And maybe we don’t always get to have them the exact way we want them, but if we can figure out a way to compromise, you know, then we can keep them all.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5


Noggin was a book that completely caught me off guard; I’d had it on my shelf for years and picked it up whenever it came out. I knew I’d get around to it eventually, and I’m beyond glad that I finally picked it up.

We follow Travis Ray Coates five years after his bo
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JOHN ‘COREY’ WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories. He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zo ...more

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