Noggin

Noggin

by John Corey Whaley
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Noggin by John Corey Whaley

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442458727
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 328,047
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

John Corey Whaley grew up in Louisiana. His debut novel, Where Things Come Back, was the 2012 winner of the Michael L. Printz and the William C. Morris Awards. You can learn more about him at JohnCoreyWhaley.com and follow him on Twitter: @Corey_Whaley.

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Noggin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another phenomenal work by John Corey Whaley. I love his writing and I love his stories. He is an exceptional writer and I love how he tells the stories. His voice is such a nice touch to his writing and his characters are so easily loved. Great work!! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of tbe funniest and emotional books i have ever read. Noggin is one of the most amazing books i have ever read. At first i was not so sure (it begins pretty slow) but in the end i was very impressed. I reccomend this to fans of books like if i stay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read John Corey Whaley's first novel, Where Things Come Back, and I really liked it so I thought I would read this one. Now, I usually don't enjoy romantic, angsty, teeny-bopper "The Fault in Our Stars" style books, but I actually like Whaley's books because they have good messages for teens, unusual and engaging stories, relatable characters and themes, and are generally not annoying like a lot of other YA novels out there. The story is really funny at times and the characters are just the right amount of flawed. I also mentioned how I'm not into cheesy and emotional stuff, but there were bits that were actually really heart-wrenching because, even though this story is really out there and crazy, you really feel for the main character and his suffering just makes you sad and his idiocy makes you laugh and his best friend makes you happy and it's all just great. I can't put it into words any better than this so just go read it. :)
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
The concept for this book was interesting and it was interesting to see how each person dealt with Travis being alive again. However, the ending left you wondering where the rest of the book was as there was no closure.
Te1 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story. Don't usually do 'heart warming' however, this book grabbed me from the 1st page.You'll love Travis and can't help but empathize.
Oliviafar More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The story line was completely original. A boy that had his frozen head attached to another person's body. That got me hooked. The book was funny and I loved the way the author made the book flow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read thus book for teen read week at school and to me i luked it but sometimes it was annoying cause travis was too obsessed with cate up to askung her to marry him even tjough she was enaged and he was stuck being a teenager that it got annoying but i luked the ending because he does something back ti cate that she did to him before when he was going ti get hiw head cut off.u Anyway i got to meet the author in person and he talked about his book. The school librarian is an author her name is jessie kirby and she wrote a couple books. Moonglass golden and her newest one calle rhings we kbow by heart so check tjose out. Anyway thy are friends so oir school got to meet him. And overall i reaally liked the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST YA BOOK EVER!! GHADI!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be horrible, but it was amazing.... I couldn't put it down till the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read by the author I love the intelligence and insight of the characters
Carnitas_Fever More than 1 year ago
I think this is such a fun concept for a book.  A boy with cancer (I know, a lot of that going around) is terminal.  The only way to save him is to remove his head and save it for the future, when it may be reattached to a new body. It only took 5 years for technology to catch up to the doctor's ideas, and our young hero is returned to a new healthy body.   The fun of the story comes with the boy being the same 16 year old has when he left.  The problem is that everyone else has aged 5 years.  His best fiend is in college.  His girlfriend is engaged to be married to someone else. This is not a science fiction book.  There is not even an explanation of how the surgery was done, or very many doctors in the book at all.  Mostly a fish-out-of-water story, taking a new twist on the problem of a patient waking up from a coma, and realizing the world continued to change while he was asleep.  This is a fun story, and worth the read.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I went into this book without reading the synopsis. A friend of mine had recommended it, so when I was offered the audiobook for review I thought, “why not?”. Noggin was… well, pretty weird, honestly. The whole idea of it was a bit much. When I first started listening I was completely confused. A head transplant? So this kid gets sick and is dying… so they chop off his head, freeze it, and 5 years later end up attaching it to another teenager’s body? Hmm… a little farfetched for someone like me that has trouble with certain science fiction stories anyway. But since I had received this book for review, I continued on, trying my best to keep an open mind. The story actually completely changed by the second and third chapters. The head transplant was completed, and the story began. It actually turned out to be a very sweet story. I really started to feel for Travis. He was still sixteen, yet everyone and everything else in his life had aged 5 years while he was frozen. His girlfriend had moved on, now engaged to be married. His young cousins were grown up. His whole life as he had known it was completely different. (In a strange way, this story kind of reminded me a bit of Taken. The whole dealing-with-life-aging-while-you’re-not-there thing.) The romance, friendships, and family ties throughout this story was very refreshing. So often we see parents that are non-existent or not approving of their children’s choices and lives. It was really nice to see Travis’ parents so involved in his life, in making him better, and in helping him accept his new life. Overall, a cute story, though slightly out-there are times, that was entertaining and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok