Saturday, July 28, 2012
Book Review: "Where Things Come Back" by John Corey Whaley
Meanwhile, Benton Sage travels to Ethiopia as a missionary, helping to bring Christianity to people in small towns. But he has a crisis of faith and conscience and returns home, only to be shunned by his family, so he enrolls at the University of Atlanta.
The intersection of these two seemingly separate stories are the backbone of John Corey Whaley's fantastic debut novel, Where Things Come Back. This is an emotionally gripping, humorous, and compelling book about hope, faith, friendship, and love, and it also explores a number of religious themes, including the angel Gabriel and the apocryphal Book of Enoch. As I read this book, I kept hoping that the plot wouldn't twist in certain directions, and Whaley's storytelling definitely kept me guessing. I absolutely want to know what happens to these characters next. Once again, I am blown away at the quality of books being written for the young adult audience, as there is nothing in this book that made it any different than an "adult" novel. I definitely look forward to see what Whaley comes up with next.