Book Reviews

“It was like looking at the sun and not going blind” ― John Corey Whaley ― Where Things Come Back

Hello Book royalists!

I cannot say that I laughed with this book. I think the main event on the book is what actually sets the mood and the tone of the book (I mean that is what is supposed to happen, isn’t it?). It is just way too serious the fact that Cullen’s little brother just disappeared.

I can picture Cullen and his best friend just trying to live a normal life and move on, but how? The whole situation just becomes absurd at some point, not the book, but real life. How can you actually move on with your life like nothing happened? It is impossible not to give up to the pressure and to ones emotions.

be393-cvr9781442413344_9781442413344_hr“Where Things Come Back” is bizarre enough to make you read the book. It is a bit complicated as how the narrator tells the story (I got lost a few times). The structure of the book is what made this book bizarre, two stories that start in different settings, in different times, and it involved way more lives and actions and consequences to those actions.

I can relate on the way of Cullen’s thinking, and I bet that everybody can. The rambling around, the ocean of ideas, dreams, wishes, and the rich imagination when one reaches a situation that does not know how to handle. The reader is able to see the terrifying nightmares, the daydreams, the conflicting emotions (hate, anger, love, disappointment), how some of them shut down themselves to the world because nothing and nobody can makes them feel better, and the incapability to live one’s life after something so big happens (It happens. They do try not to fall, but in these situations it is impossible for someone not to stumble down as a wrong-assembled Jenga tower).

There are different scenarios in a single household that allows you to see all the things that happen in a house since everybody reacts differently to life. It is so truth that not all people know how to react to one’s grieve and pain, and most of the time, one only needs to be treated as the person it is and just to be alone. Pity is usually what makes things worst.

Again, I want to high light the fact that the conflict and the inner struggle goes beyond what to do after high school, but the struggle on what to do with one’s life. It is true that college is an issue for the main character, but how can he move on if there is no clue where his brother is. There are private symbols in the whole novel that are so tangle with the plot of the story, the angels, the bird’s name, the birds come back, and the paradox of the novel seeing in the phrases “Where Things Come Back” and “No second changes in Lily, Arkansas” because everything and everyone always come back to Lily for a second chance in life.

So, the kingdom has given this book:

It seems that your majesty is pleased and the knights have spoken!

If you wish to check the Goodreads profile, hey! feel free to go there! I have added below the link to the review and the rating I gave to this book.

GoodReads – My profile

Where Things Come Back

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Thank you for reading!
Find your peace, find your joy, find your book, and never let go!


  1. I loved this book! I really liked the reference to Lazarus/Gabriel/Curse town. The Town were the dead come back to live! and were the curse becomes a blessing! Such on point!

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