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The Homecoming

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.

It's been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John's homecoming is far from hap
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Stacie Ramey Thanks for the great question!I don't have much say into the cover of the book, which was a surprise to me when I sold the books! That being said, it …moreThanks for the great question!I don't have much say into the cover of the book, which was a surprise to me when I sold the books! That being said, it could be Leah or it could be Livy. But the concept of the cover is supposed to show John being protective and loving despite all of the obstacles in his life. an idyllic scene where everything is not quite right. Does that make sense? (less)

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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“I want to argue with her – drinking helps me - but maybe we’re looking for different things. I just want peace, and she wants to make things right.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a boy whose brother had suffered a brain injury.

John was an okay character and it was clear that he was struggling with grief over his older brother’s accident, I wished that he would stop smoking pot though
Mrs. Ramey stopped by illbefinealonereads to talk about Writer's Block. Come see!

Every once in a while I get the pleasure of writing a review that I have to persuade myself to write. This is one of those reviews.

Actual rating: 3.5

I expected an emotional roller coaster with this book, which I didn't get. However, the writing style, as well as the voice the author gave to John, the narrator in this book were wonderful. As a character, John is easy to relate to, the whole story is crowded with rela
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
2.5 Stars


I received an ARC of this through Netgalley, thanks to the author and the publisher for the opportunity!

I’m being pretty picky with the rating, as this just wasn’t quite at 3 star level… but it also wasn’t 2 star level. Overall, I enjoyed the story, I just had difficulties with how several details were handled. By then end, those details piled on each other and really impacted my overall enjoyment of this.


I really loved John as a narrator! He had a very distinct voice, s
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-english, 2016
John caught in the horrors of the past and struggling with his feelings is after seven years coming back to his hometown, to his family, to his demons.

After reading the synopsis I thought that I will be not able to put this book down, because I expected strong emotional story. I got the opposite. Maybe it was me but I couldn't connect with John. Altough author is slowly revealing John's past in the book I didn't get why is he so angry with his brother? What kind of relationship did he with Leah?
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

I'm really in to this cover - so simple but fantastic! This was a little hit and miss for me. I thought the writing was really great and the narration style was on point but I just wasn't that drawn to John or any of the other characters like I thought I would be. A credit to the author though as she did make me care about the relationship John shares with his sister.

I've read some other reviews on Goodreads and I can definitely see there
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley!

3.5 stars — I really enjoyed reading this book, but I don't feel like giving it a full 4 stars just because I feel like it missed something, even though I can't figure out what.

The writing style is probably the best part of it. I usually prefer a 3rd person narrator, but reading from John's POV worked really well. The author managed to get the reader into the protagonist's head, into his feelings and his thoughts. The way his thinking w
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review”

I just love beautiful book covers ...

It's a well written story about being caught in the horrors of the past , being controlled by it . And trying to move forward, letting go of the memories.

I liked John's character, his mind is a bit messed up and he is struggling with his feelings. I felt like this story was addressing serious issues, so it's definitely not a light read, or a romantic one .
There was a bit
Dilushani Jayalath
Kindly received and ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

What can I say? I wasn't exactly attracted to this one, neither did I feel anything against it either. The story was nice and the characters were likeable too. But for some reason I felt as if the author just touched everything from the top and didn't exactly go deep into the characters and plot. It had a great depth but it wasn't dwelled in deep. The story was promising and the characters were nice but it would have been a g
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to Stacie Ramey with her book The Sister Pact. My thoughts on that book were – “At times, raw and painful, this book can help show why suicide isn’t a way out. It lingers and lives far beyond the individual. The family, friends and community are all affected in a deep way.” That rings very true in this book, a follow up of sorts (it can be read as a standalone, but I think reading The Sister Pact first would help ground you in the world) featuring Leah’s boyfriend John a y ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
This book got enough feels that left me reeling with sadness, hope and love. Serious issues were tackled and portrayed by the characters, most of which tugged heavily at the readers’ hearts – physical and mental abuse, abandonment, suicide, family struggles, anger management issues, alcohol and drugs.. John, the male protagonist got a lot of angst and fury in his heart – he called it “beast” and “dragon” which he needed to reign in and control, otherwise, it would roar and crash and burn.

I had a
Boundless Book Reviews
When I started reading, The Homecoming. It took me a really long time to get into it. Could've just been the timing and the overall theme of the story. 

John has been living with his Uncle after being kicked out of the house. A lot has happened with this family. The tragic accident and the constant blame that John places on himself. He has a lot of anger as well. So coming home, the whole family dynamic is out of whack. I think that with everything John is dealing with, would be extremely hard as
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
If you are wanting to read a book that is filled with some hard hitting topics you will be wanting to pick up The Homecoming. It has quite a few - suicide, abuse, family issues, drugs... Really, there is quite a bit. And that all being said...there are definitely some trigger warnings for The Homecoming!

The Homecoming is about John. And John is one really messed up teen. He has been sent back to live with his mom and his two siblings after messing up big time and getting arrested for drugs while
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
**I was provided with an eArc by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

When I read the premise of this book, I thought it sounded promising, like an emotional contemporary that we would surely enjoy reading together. Well, it was not and I simply didn’t understand why it wasn’t working for me! Right from the beginning here was a big disconnect with the main character John. I’ve read my fair share of angry teen voices, but he just constantly got mad at things and peop
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Homecoming" tells the story of John who has returned home 7 years after his brother, Ryan's, tragic accident which left him permanently handicapped. John has gotten himself into trouble despite numerous adults trying to help him and his pushing them away. As one described it, John is picking up all these rocks of bad memories, mistakes, and problems, and they are dragging him down. He carries literal scars from his parents' fights and takes care of his sister, since his mother is too busy t ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
John is angry. Angry at the accident that changed his brother. Angry at his mother who kicked him out. Angry at himself for not saving the one he loves. This anger inside of him has led him to make choices even he knows were a mistake. He had it good with his uncle. Now he gets to come home years later to a home and a place with only bad memories. At least he gets to play lacrosse, spend time with his little sister, Livy, who he loves so much, and the girl next door isn't too bad. The plan is to ...more
Hope Edwards
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest, realistic stuff isn't my favorite. I prefer fantasy, it gets me out of my own head, out of worldly problems. BUT I love this book. This book caught my attention on NetGalley because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I clicked on the book I loved the description.
This book is filled with so many different things. Romance, suspense, family, hurt/comfort. This book hits on a lot of real subjects. Car accidents, mental illness, family issues, suicide, depression, drug and alcoho
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

**A copy of this book was provided via NetGalley by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Everyone knows the feeling of coming home after a long time away or seeing people you haven't seen in a long time. Stacie Ramey wrote a great rendition The Homecoming of the struggles of coming home
and how they are magnified when there are complicated backgrounds and tense situations lining the reason for the return.

John is just a teenage boy t
John’s had several hard years: his brother was in a horrific accident leaving him disabled and angry at his situation, John acts out and gets kicked out of the house, and most recently, John’s girlfriend, Leah, committed suicide. Now he is coming home to finish high school, after which he wants to leave and move to California.

John finds himself becoming increasingly angry at his situation and at people around him, and to remedy this, he uses alcohol and marijuana. Then, he meets the girl next do
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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Whew! There are plenty of struggles that John, our teenage protagonist must deal with upon returning to live with his family( suicide, drug addiction, divorced parents, new school, anger issues..). While I won't state that I could connect to all of these problems, I felt that John's voice was very distinctive and his pain very apparent. By the end of the book, I really felt that it was John's parents that REALLY needed time with counsellors. While it didn't "wow" me, this certainly wasn't a terr ...more
Lissa Rice
Three Boundless Stars** Full review and rating will be up at Boundless Book Reviews
Olivia Ard
Stacie Ramey's The Homecoming follows John Strickland as he transitions into living with his mother again, after several years of living with both his father and his Uncle Dave. Trying to uphold probation for past bad behavior is difficult when he's still trying to get over the unexpected suicide of his girlfriend, Leah, which happened the year before (in Ramey's The Sister Pact), as well as adjusting to life under the same roof as his older brother Ryan, who is mentally and physically disabled ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jess (the cozy reader)
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed John Strickland's story. ...more
Dasani Gonzalez
The Homecoming was a great book! It was a man vs. self conflict so it was good to see that he could overcome huge obstacles in his life.
Kelly Sierra
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was so good.

1. There is a male MC
2. There was a tragic accident that left a family broken
3. The MC is a bad boy (but technically a sweetheart) that you wished you met in HS
4. The GROWTH that occurs in the novel is commendable
5. Pretty gosh darn relatable
**I received this book in a giveaway by Sourcebooks & Stacie Ramey**

I'm so excited I'm finally reading this & it's not even technically released until 11/1/16. I LOVE how this book is going into more detail with John & Leah's relationship beforehand, as well as the aftermath over a year later as to how John is still trying to come to terms with the fact of what Leah did. I also love that Allie was brought back a little bit too & how she's been since The Sister Pact. I love when authors do follow
My Rating: 4.5 stars!

"I'm here to finish probation. Live according to Mom's rules. Then get out and go away and never come back."

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John is a troubled teenager that is being forced to live back with his mom, older brother and baby sister after having been kicked out several years earlier. This seems like it could be a good thing until you learn why John was kicked out and see what is really happening with his older brother who was in a horrible accident and how John's m
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Homecoming was a detailed adventure through the downward spiral that often follows grief. It illustrates the vivid reality that "no, everything is not okay", and it does so in a way that makes it impossible to escape from. Death is horrible. Loosing someone you love is horrible. Despite all the well wishes and counseling you might receive, that hole they loved one now lost leaves in your chest is something nearly impossible to plug - so what happens when that hole threatens to consume you? T ...more
Terri Farley
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In real life, you get to know someone over time and few book characters are like that. The characters in THE HOMECOMING break that pattern. Amid you-are-there settings, conflict that has you holding your breath and hoping for the best, you get to know these characters in unexpected ways.
This is the second Stacie Ramey book I've read. Speaking as a high school teacher and mom of teens, I recommend her work. She shows us real kids who may wander, but eventually find the best they have to give to
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Thank you NETGALLEY for allowing me to preview this ARC, which in no way influenced my review.


ONE WORD: Powerful

Everybody had a story and that story might not be the one we've created based on rumor and judgment.

John is responsible for her girlfriend's suicide, his brother's traumatic brain injury and his parents' marital problems. At least that's the story he tells himself. Given the choice of juvie or moving back home with his mother, court ordered therapy, probation and random drug t
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