Title & Author: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Death, Grief
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Description: Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.
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.
This book was such a emotional roller coaster. It was so well written and powerful I fell victim to tears on more than one occasion. I was left speechless after finishing this and unable to properly do this book justice in review form. After taking time to think it over I’m going to try again.
John is a powerful character. He is tremendously flawed and knows it. He tries again and again to distance himself from those around him. Emotionally and physically. Burdened with immense guilt and shame for what happened to his older brother John is finding it impossible to fit back in with his own family after being gone for many years.Enter Emily. She is fiery and different from everything John has known. She carries her own set of problems and together they help each other overcome emotional obstacles.
As someone who has a special needs (higher functioning) sibling this book hit very close to home on emotions I would rather now look to closely at. Emotionally compelling, Homecoming is one of my top favorite 2016 books.