Monday, October 20, 2014

Noggin Book Review (No spoilers)

I had heard of Noggin from a few booktubers, saying it was a hilarious book. I very rarely read any books with a great deal of humor in it (it's not like I stay away from them, I just haven't read many), so I decided to give Noggin a go.

Noggin, by John Corey Whaley, is about a teenage boy who get to have a second chance of life. Before dying of cancer, he chooses to undergo a treatment/experiment-thingy that could potentially give Travis (the boy) a second shot for life. And so it goes, the treatment worked. Noggin is about Travis coping with his parents, his friends, school, and life with the "new" him.


  • Travis's parents play a big role in the book, so I felt a little deprived when the situation about his mom and dad was not mentioned again towards the end of the book.
  • There were somewhat annoying characters, but some of the "annoying" parts are understandable in different circumstances.
  • I wanted the title of the book "Noggin" to have some significant circumstance through out the book; it only touches base on the name in the beginning of the book


  • Touches on topics such as self-acceptance of sexuality, marriage and divorce, family, friends, and religion (does not make you want to be 'X' religion, but naturally talks about religion for the sake of Travis's sake).
  • Humorous dialogue and texts
  • Heart-felt and touching in some parts 
  • Very satisfying ending 

Overall, Noggin was an enjoyable book to read. Although I had minor problems with it, as with many books, I still think Noggin is great to read if you want something that makes you laugh, tear up, and empathize with some characters.

3.5 out of 5 stars