Review: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

The Homecoming is a contemporary YA novel about moving on after tragedy strikes. It’s about getting in touch with your feelings and opening up to those who love you. John’s brother was in a horrible accident when they were younger, and no one in his family has been the same since. After spending 7 years away, John is back with his mother, brother, and sister for his senior year of high school. He’s on probation after an altercation in Chicago (the timeline of which I never quite figured out), and he’s planning to just “do his time” until he can graduate and move to California to grow pot.

This book is written in first person from John’s perspective, and it’s an interesting insight into the mind of a “bad boy.” There’s a lot of suppressed feelings and family drama and, of course, some romance thrown in. I don’t read many books narrated by boys, so this story was an interesting change. I enjoyed many of the characters, especially Emily (the girl next door) and Livy (John’s little sister).

I was frustrated by the confusing timeline and the drawn out revealing of John’s past and emotions surrounding the accident from his childhood. This pacing was just a bit slow for me. It was an interesting story, but a bit of a struggle to get through.

Rating: 3 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

The Homecoming
Stacie Ramey
Young Adult Fiction
Sourcebooks Fire
November 1, 2016
eARC
304

It's been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John's homecoming is far from happy.

As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She's sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn't far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himself.

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