How do you deal with a hole in your life?Do you grieve?Do you drink?Do you make out with your best friend?Do you turn to poets and pop songs?Do you question everything?Do you lash out?Do you turn the lashing inward?If you're Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt to understand what's happened -- and is happening -- to you.I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain is an astonishing novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself....
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I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Reviews
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I challenged myself to read this book because it is National Poetry Month. I don’t generally like poetry so I knew this would be a tough read for me. I have a hard time understanding poetry. I kinda just want things spelled out for me.
I really enjoyed the story. Only because poetry isn’t my thing, I wish I could have gotten more detail about characters and events. It’s not like the story was lacking in any way, I’m just used ...more
If this book is anything, it is unique. I’m not even sure how to explain the writing style, but it was very different (in a good way). I enjoyed a whole lot about this book, but some of the scenes were super abstract. I still liked them, but they just took me a little bit of time to sort out.
You've got to be in for the ride, and I was. This is a book that changes forms as you read it but never to trick or confuse you. It makes both intellectual and emotional sense by reflecting the ways we actually think and feel about our families, friends, lovers, idols, and selves.
This short young adult fiction story is about a 16 year old male who is struggling. A deep thinking poet, he aspires to write more as he spends a summer recovering from a knee injury while taking doctor prescribed pain meds. Raised without a biological father his father figure is his best friend grandfather. The boy is gay and in the closet and in love with his best friend.
Near the end we see his deeper thinking and his attempt to understand how adults cope when life throws you problems and non ...more
This! Book! Because it's Will Walton writing, everything is tender and full of love, but also pain and questions and grappling with memories. I was struck by how different the prose style is here from his previous book, echoing the book's poetic concerns– it's not that it's more abstract, but rather both tighter and blurrier at the same time. It's a strange and loving text, all raw meat heart. I love it so much.
This book won't be for everyone, but if you are interested in bringing more poetry into your reading list and you enjoy stories about processing grief it might be for you! I did enjoy it myself, and I think it was a very honest and brutal portrayal of the MC's experience with the death of a loved one. I found myself comparing it to The Astonishing Color of After a lot, which I preferred.
Overall I would recommend it to people who enjoy books about processing grief. I think the substance of the s ...more
Just as perfect, if not more so, than his debut. Will Walton’s writing is the type that you could read for six hours straight on accident. It draws you in and breaks your heart in a way that makes you want to thank it. Thank you, Will, for another stunning novel.
Not for the casual reader, this book asks a bit of its audience as the narrative unfolds in a non-linear manner, mixing past and present, poetry and prose. But worth the effort of a careful read, it's a hard-hitting exploration of love, loss, and the power of the written word.