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This is a fascinating story that is sure to ignite lively debate in the classroom or simply as a family listen in the car. - School Library Journal ( )
  kvessels | Jun 25, 2017 |
God, Travis is a piece of shit teenager. Like, seriously uncomfortable, intense second-hand embarrassment. I am Kyle and Hatton telling him DO NOT DO THE THING.

But goddamn if I didn't cry over them meeting Jeremy Pratt. When Travis wasn't obsessing about Cate, the other parts were really great. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
God, Travis is a piece of shit teenager. Like, seriously uncomfortable, intense second-hand embarrassment. I am Kyle and Hatton telling him DO NOT DO THE THING.

But goddamn if I didn't cry over them meeting Jeremy Pratt. When Travis wasn't obsessing about Cate, the other parts were really great. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
A great read, albeit the slightly icky premise: modern medicine (via the Saranson Center for Life Preservation) successfully attaches a cryogenically preserved head onto another person's body and resuscitate him? It happens to Travis Coates, a sophomore in a Kansas City surburb whose body was dying (cancer) but agreed to be a guinea pig for the medical scientists' developing cryogenic science. Five years after his head is detached from his body, is frozen, and then brought back, attached to another young man's body, Travis has literally come back from the dead, five years later. Whaley's expert mix of scientific facts, teen life, all undergirded with both humor & empathy for all his characters makes this quirky story work. Loved it - GREAT choice for fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars - with a male protagonist. No wonder it was nominated for Evergreen Book Award this year. ( )
  BDartnall | Aug 24, 2016 |
"You can find ways to be okay with dying, but you can’t fake your way through living."



Cuando Travis se entera que el cáncer que tiene es incurable, toma la única decisión que le da un poco de esperanza: permitir que le corten la cabeza -la única parte de su cuerpo que el cáncer no ha tocado- y la criogenicen.

"Sometimes you love someone so much that going and doing something crazy like having your head frozen and convincing everyone you’re coming back isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds."

5 años después, Travis está vivo de nuevo. En cuerpo que no es su cuerpo, en una vida que no es la que él esperaba; el tiempo pasó para todos, menos para él. Ahora su mejor amigo está en la universidad y su novia está comprometida.

"I couldn’t really see all that much difference between the life where I was dying and the one where everyone had become a stranger."

Esta es una historia que intenta ser única y cómica. La palabra clave es "intenta", porque no lo logra. Tenemos toda esta trama acerca de la criogenización que promete mucho pero que nunca es realmente explorada, dejándonos con otra historia coming-of-age.

Vemos solo de pasada la lucha de Travis contra el prejuicio de la gente, que lo ve bien como un milagro o como una abominación. Mientras que el mayor enfoque se encuentra en como se esfuerza por encontrarle sentido a su nueva vida, ahora que nada es como era.

Toda la trama involucrando a Cate, fue un poco incomodo de leer(?). Es decir me daba cierta sensación de pena ajena, porque sí, su amor era real, pero tras 5 años de ausencia, Cate aprendió a vivir sin Travis. Y por más que ella le dice "ey, seamos solo amigos" el se niega a aprender a vivir sin ella. Asi que todos los esfuerzos de Travis por reconquistarla resultan un poco patéticos la escena donde le pide matrimonio a Cate, mientras su verdadero prometido está allí con ellos... *cringe* pero también conmovedores.

"I had to find her and tell her, show her, that Travis Coates might be mostly ash in some mystery container hidden in his parents’ house, but that the part of him that found its way back would always be incomplete without her."

Durante toda la lectura tuve un nudo en la garganta. Esta es una de esas historias que te hace sentir y al final te dejan un poco drenado emocionalmente y extrañamente insatisfecho. Y no es que pasen cosas particularmente tristes, nada de manipulación sentimental por parte del autor, es solo que tiene un aire melancólico, un aire de pérdida que es difícil que no te afecte.

Así que, si bien tiene sus defectos, Noggin te hace reflexionar. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
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Listen - I was alive once and then I wasn't. Simple as that. Now I'm alive again. The in-between part is still a little fuzzy, but I can tell you that, at some point or another, my head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado.
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After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates' head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.

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