Noggin by John Corey Whaley

noggin cover


They kept on like that for a while, and we laughed and told jokes and made fun of one another. But that’s why they were there, I guess. Even though I was almost gone, they were still there to remind me that I wasn’t quite dead yet. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have minded just closing my eyes right then and letting go. Wouldn’t that be perfect? Just dying right there with your two best friends helping you remember everything you loved about being alive?

And that’s how, five days before having my head sawed off my body and carefully placed in a cryogenic freezer in the basement of the Saranson Center for Life Preservation, I got to have the best day of my life. Isn’t that something? Isn’t that the greatest thing you’ve ever heard? I bet most people don’t even get one person who cares about them that much. And me, I got four of them. Yeah, maybe I got a bad deal the first time around. Sure, it wasn’t fair to be dead at sixteen. But you know what? At least I got to live every single second before they finally turned out the lights. ~ Noggin by John Corey Whaley

This delightful book is narrated by Travis Coates, the sixteen year old who has his head surgically removed and frozen before his body dies of leukemia. When his head is reanimated and joined to a new and improved body five years later, Travis finds his best friend and girlfriend (the They in the excerpt above) have moved on because they had no choice. Funny and poignant in a way that reminds me of John Green at his best with a large dose of wacky thrown in for good measure.

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