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.
Paperback 288 pages
Published: November 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Arc copy from publisher
The Homecoming isn’t about a dance but the actual Homecoming of the main character. I found the title really neat and creative! It immediately drew me in!
The book takes you to the world of John—a troubled boy-dealing with his inner demons. Kicked out of his home at a young age, he deals with his anger and sorrow by taking drugs and alcohol. Also, he suffers several tragedies that take a big toll on him.
The book mainly focuses on coping with tragedies and heartache. I enjoyed reading most of the author’s story. It is very sad but heartwarming, because you see John grow as a brother and son. Since I personally can’t relate to certain stories and this is one reason why I enjoyed The Homecoming. These types of books show you a different perspective.
Praise for The Homecoming
“A stirring close-up of a family haunted by emotional trauma.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The overall message of relying on family and friends for support is clear, and John’s pain and confusion are palpable… the male point of view distinguishes it in a field crowded with girls’ perspectives. VERDICT: A solid addition to YA collections.” — School Library Journal
“This engaging story will appeal to all readers and will help troubled teens realize that there can be help out there for what’s going on in their lives.” — School Library Connection