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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 BA in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an MA 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. His debut novel Where Things Come Back won the Printz Medal, and his second book Noggin was a National Book Award Finalist.
In a Nutshell: Universe-expanding friendship • Trust • Anxiety disorder An uplifting coming-of-age novel about living with agoraphobia and the transformative power of true friendship. Solomon hasn't left his house for three years, not since the panic attack that saw him strip down to his boxers and jump into the school fountain. He spends all his time inside, reading and watching Star Trek. Lisa, the girl who beams into Solomon’s life like a ray of sunlight, couldn’t be more different. She’s outgoing, gets great grades, and is adored by her handsome athletic boyfriend, Clark. When Lisa has to write a paper on her experience of mental illness as part of her college application, she immediately thinks of Solomon. Determined to “fix" him, she writes a letter asking him to be her friend. Against expectation, and partly aided by his flamboyant grandmother promising to pay for the pool he’s long hoped for, Solomon agrees to let Lisa into his life. As things turn out, they’re both completely comfortable in each other’s company, and Solomon soon feels ready to broaden his world further by meeting Clark, with whom he bonds over their shared geekery. But, as Solomon takes his first steps into the outside world, their three-way friendship is put under strain when Lisa begins to question her relationship with Clark, and when Solomon learns of Lisa’s original motivation for contacting him. Brilliantly understated and sweetly humorous, this is one of those rare novels that casts a quiet, yet powerfully undulating spell over the heart. Reading it felt like spending quality time in the company of close friends.
Teen and adult fans of All The Bright Places, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,and Everything, Everythingwill adore this quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia. Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn't left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she's being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there? Solomon is the answer. Determined to ';fix' Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, sitting through Star Trek marathons with him and introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they'd be, and when their walls fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well. A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Matthew Quick and Rainbow Rowell, Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways we hide ourselves from the worldand how love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.From the Hardcover edition.
A quirky coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of John Green, David Levithan and Stephen Chbosky. Cullen Witter's fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared. Angry and looking for answers, Cullen must navigate his way through a summer of finding and losing love while holding his fragile family together. Meanwhile a young missionary in Africa is searching for meaning wherever he can find it. As distant as they seem, these stories are thoughtfully woven together, before a surprising and harrowing climax. Complex but truly extraordinary, tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity; Where Things Come Backis about finding wonder in the ordinary and the dream of second chances.
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 Travis 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 sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too. If the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, it looks like there's going to be a few more scars.
2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTTravis Coates has a good headon someone elses shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Awardwinning Where Things Come Back.ListenTravis Coates was alive once and then he wasnt.Now hes alive again.Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis 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 guys body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, hes still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe shes not his girlfriend anymore? Thats a bit fuzzy too. Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars. Oh well, you only live twice.