For the spot of ‘a book you can finish in a weekend’ I chose Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I can’t remember why I wanted to read this book in the first place (it might have been the cover, to be honest) but it was the first thing listed on my secret Pinterest board called “Books to Read” (aka it had been like 2 years since I added it to my list) so I figured I might as well give it a go.
Where things come back is a YA book told from the perspective of a small-town teenage guy, Cullen. There isn’t anything special about his town- the people, places, or things -but then one day his town gets thrown into the national spotlight when someone claims to have seen a certain type of woodpecker there, previously thought to be extinct. Everyone gets so excited- and Cullen couldn’t care less. During all this excitement, his brother goes missing. Different story lines merge together and the story has a satisfying ending.
I definitely picked this book because I knew I could finish it really quickly (I read most of it in the airport, to be honest), and while it wasn’t my favorite book I’ve ever read, I liked the plot a lot. I think it was maybe the style of the author’s writing that I didn’t enjoy so much… it was hard to put my finger on it… but I always love when there are multiple story lines that come together so perfectly and seamlessly, as was the case in this book. Like you know how in Love Actually there are all these separate stories but oh wait they’re all kind of connected? Yeah, like that!