Lissa's Review: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
RELEASED: November 1st 2016
GENRE: ya, social issues
LENGTH: 320 pages
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.
THREE BOUNDLESS STARS
When I started reading, The Homecoming. It took me a really long time to get into it. Could've just been the timing and the overall theme of the story.
John has been living with his Uncle after being kicked out of the house. A lot has happened with this family. The tragic accident and the constant blame that John places on himself. He has a lot of anger as well. So coming home, the whole family dynamic is out of whack. I think that with everything John is dealing with, would be extremely hard as a teenager. I understood him. Also, with the next door neighbor in the picture.
This story wasn’t bad. It was good. But I didn’t connect with the characters, on a level that I love to. I wasn’t able really feel the emotions that were coming off the page.
That being said, I gave it Three Boundless Stars.