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Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pil ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Sky Pony
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Rachel Solomon
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
CHEESUS WAS HERE is a special kind of book, one that makes you laugh, cry, and think deeply. The premise caught my attention right away: a town overwhelmed by religious fervor after the face of baby Jesus appears on a cheese wheel, and the girl determined to prove this "miracle" isn't, as everyone else believes, a sign from God.

I was fortunate enough to read an early version of J.C. Davis's debut, and I fell in love with its charm and cleverness. This book is OOZING with voice, and the best par
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Vikki
This story slowly wrapped its way around my heart and squeezed. Delaney's family fell apart soon after her sister Clare died of cancer. It is a year later and her dad abandoned the family and left town, rarely calling and her mom is a zombie, only leaving her room to work night shift at a local grocery store. Delaney takes a job at the local gas station/convenience store in her small town of Clemency, Texas to help make ends meet. When a cheese wheel from her work appears to have the image of th ...more
Sara
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to read an ARC of this book. Smart, sharp, and sensitive. A book about belief and miracles and grief. So good. Bonus: I'll be reminded of Del every time I eat a Babybel (which is often).
Katie Nelson
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about family, friendship, and finding your own truth!

Del is still reeling from her younger sister's death, almost a year ago. Her family is in pieces, and Del is barely functioning at all. When the image of baby Jesus is found on a cheese wheel purchased at the small convenience store where she works, Del must decide what, if anything, she believes in anymore.

I fell in love with Del from the first page. She is snarky and funny and so full of heart. I ached for her as she strugg
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Patricia
A wonderful debut about faith, grief, love and life, JC Davis covers so much ground in this debut novel -and manages it beautifully. Delaney Delgado is the perfect protagonist - skeptical, funny, and hurting far more than she lets on. The family relationships are well drawn and the complexity of her friendship/crush with Gabe feels just right. The descriptions of small town are spot-on.

Funny, smart, with great dialogue, memorable characters, and a smart premise, this is a must read.
Max Baker
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't like religion. It's not something that I really gel with; it honestly makes me really uncomfortable. I'm sure there's some deep seated reason for it, but whatever this isn't about that. This is about how, despite my aversion to religion, I love books that deal with belief. And Cheesus Was Here is all about belief. It's funny, it's impactful, and it's a really great read for really anyone.

It follows Delaney Delgado, a sixteen year old living in a small town when it's discovered that there
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Joanne O'Sullivan
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I dearly loved this sweet, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny book. Main character Delaney Delgado is going through a lot: her younger sister Claire died from cancer and ever since her family has been in tatters. Her feelings for her best friend Gabe (who has a lot of issues of his own) have also turned deeper, but she doesn't know how to tell him. And then her co-worker discovers what he believes to be the images of Jesus in a wheel of cheese and her whole town becomes convinced that miracles are t ...more
McCall Hoyle
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about CHEESUS WAS HERE. The cover is eye-catching. The story deals with serious situations in a frequently quirky and fun way. And the main character, sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado, has a YA voice that rings true. I absolutely cannot wait until April for this release so that I can add it to my classroom library and share it with my students.
Gerardo Delgadillo
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

4 1/2 stars.

CHEESUS WAS HERE addresses an eternal debate--Are miracles real? That's what skeptic Delaney Delgado must figure out when a co-worker finds the image of baby Jesus carved in a cheese wheel. That, along with some other mysterious miracles popping out all over her tiny Texas town. Del is on a quest to disprove the miracles, but her search has many obstacles: Preachers, the media, out-of-towners, her classmates--even her best friend Gab
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Jared Reck
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the things I love in a book--funny, quirky, heart-wrenching, and spot-on voice. I loved Del's voice from the opening pages, amidst an absurd situation in a nowhere town, and I loved it even more by the end, as she's coming to terms with much deeper issues of loss and belief and making choices for her future. Great read.
Addie Thorley
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect combination of hilarious and heartbreaking. Del's blunt, snarky narration had me laughing out loud almost every chapter, but at the same time, her pain was so tangible and relatable, I keenly felt her inner hurt and struggle and just wanted to give her a hug. I absolutely adored Gabe (he totally showed up in one of my dreams while I was reading!) The miracles and the mystery surrounding them were fun and engaging, as was the setting. Clemency was so vibrant and fully rea ...more
Zippergirl
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a dear sweet odd little book. It had me at miracle food and I couldn't put it down. The angst strikes a universal note and the resolution mirrors the real world--no facile wrap-up.
Karen • The Book Return
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return Blog
Delany's family has recently fallen apart. Her younger sister has recently passed away from cancer. Her father leaves town. Her mother becomes a walking zombie. Then a picture of Baby Jesus appears on a cheese wheel at the convince store where Del works. It's not long before miracles start popping up all around town.

I went into this 'Cheesus was Here' not knowing what to expect. I knew that it was about a cheese wheel with the face of Bab
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Stacey
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It's the story of a girl trapped between the miracle she'd wished for and the "miracles" currently going on in her town. There are a lot of secrets, some of which you never see coming. No spoilers, but man... there's one I NEVER would have guessed and it completely broke my heart.

The major secret -- the one behind the miracles -- really leaves you thinking about what could and should be okay. How good intentions mixed with desperation can make you do things you never imagin
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Simon
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
...holy shit this was good. Surprise of the season for me.
Kelly English
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I expected when I got this book. I won this book in a goodreads contest, and probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. Winning a book however leaves me feeling required to give it a fair shot! This book gave me all of the feelings! All of them! I was so angry in parts that I was texting some book friends just so I could vent! "A witch hunt" I told them ( though I can't tell you why, no spoilers here folks) This book grabbed me though! Held on and wouldn't let me go! I love ...more
Jessi
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2017
I borrowed the arc of CHEESUS WAS HERE when I saw it sitting on a friend's shelf and I'm SO GLAD I did, because it's exactly what I needed to read.

First of all, because it's so funny. Del is a protagonist with a smart mouth and big feelings (my favorite sort!) and Davis's pages ooze with voice. The writing is sharp and clear. Plus, it has a great sense of place. I grew up in a similar sized town (which did -not- have even a McDonalds, it was so small!) and this book felt like home.

But most imp
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Bibliofiendlm
Look for my full review in VOYA.



Full review up on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/hzckspv
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Kelly Gunderman
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

With a title like Cheesus Was Here and a cover that matches perfectly, this book is one of those books that I couldn't help but want to read. The entire book - cover, synopsis, and title - all sound like something that will present you with warmth, humor, and an interesting story that will draw you in and hold your attention until the very end. And Cheesus Was Here does just that.

When I started reading this boo
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Brittany Reads
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
What a delightful book! The main character is a likable, hilarious and hurting 16 year old Delaney Delgado who works as a retail clerk at a local gas station "Gas & Gut." The setting is an adorable town in Middle America- Clemency, population 1,236, where "jobs are scarcer than a business suit on Main Street."

I am a Christian and was unsure heading into this book. The premise seemed unusual, but wound up being hilarious. Cheesus is a book about loss, healing and the beauty of a strong friendshi
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Jodi
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Delaney lives in a small, religious community. I immediately connected with her sharp, strong personality and fighter mentality – She's a deep, layered character, grappling with the recent death of her sister, her father's departure, the brokenness of a relationship with her brother, and the pain of feeling abandoned and overlooked by her mother, who is overwhelmed with grief. This book touches on religion, doubt, spectacle, miracles, love, and ...more
Kelley
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya
Novel borrowed from an awesome classroom!

Del's family fell apart a year ago when her little sister died from cancer. Now she works at the carry-out to avoid a house that is no longer a home. Her Dad left for Montana, her Mom only leaves her room to work and something is up with her football jock brother. Luckily she has her best friend Gabe. A co-worker opens a snack of Baby Bell Cheese and sees the face of Jesus on the cheese. This begins a trio of miracles in the small town.

Del cannot accept t
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Patricia
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
How has this book been slipping under everyone's radar?! This was funny, deep, sad, and wonderful. The characters are relatable, the town is relatable. Even the plot- it's not far fetched. I enjoyed this book in one sitting, and can't wait to see whatever the author has else in store for us!
Lisa Holloway
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! What stood out the most to me was the author's ability to present such deep, emotional subjects and tragedies lightly. J. C. Davis just had the perfect balance in her writing so that the reader felt all the sadness and anger, but countered these subjects with her witty writing style to achieve an emotional equilibrium. Even though some terrible things happened, it was not a depressing book. It was a deep complex book with tragedy and grief, but was told in an easy to ...more
Meg Eden
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have SO MUCH LOVE for this book!
As a Christian, I love that CHEESUS interrogates faith while also showing lives of people who both believe and don't. It feels like most books about faith are one-sided, but this one gives multiple perspectives on faith and belief, commenting on the absurdity of these fake miracles while also allowing room for belief. I don't know if this was intentional, but I found it wonderfully ironic that there were never any scripture passages or verses used to defend or d
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Teresa
Jan 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
* eArc provided by publisher via Edelweiss *
Jaina Rose
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I waffled on this one.

I almost didn't agree to review Cheesus Was Here because I worried it would be offensive to me as a Christian. The teaser promised it was "neither pro nor anti-religion," though, so my curiosity won out and I got the book. I agree that it doesn't wind up siding firmly with one side of the argument of the other, though there are some interesting points made along the way. In many ways, I almost thought it was a little
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Katie
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Small town Clemency has encountered a miracle - the image of Baby Jesus on a Babybel cheese wheel. A preacher buys it from store clerk, Andy, and installs it in his church. With people praying over this Babybel cheese, some positive results are achieved. But are these merely coincidental?
Delaney, our heroine, was there when the cheese was first discovered. A religious town, Del doesn't believe in God since her sister died, and her family fell apart. I really did feel for Del, and believed in the
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Rebecca Veight
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I gobbled this up like a yummy Babybel. Couldn't help myself, but that was cheesy! Whoops I'm at it again! Seriously, I adored this quirky, unique, touching & beyond clever story.

At the Gas & Gut where Del works, a babybel cheese with the image of Baby Jesus is discovered. Some take it seriously, weir events are stated as "miracles" & the town goes crazy. Is it divine intervention or calculated manipulation?

Religion can be a booming business or used to advance profit. Great insight on how easily
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Shannon P
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Where is the end of this book? Is there another page or five hidden between the Acknowledgments and the About the Author section? One last question is left unanswered and it is even asked again in the very pages right before the book just stops. I want to know what happened at the meeting and then there could be a conclusion. I needed to know if people were forgiving and began helping the place they once loved and attended, or if they turned their backs and worshipped falsely because of the rule ...more
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