April 8th, 2014 from Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Listen - Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.
Oh well, you only live twice.
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I really enjoyed the balance between Travis's new life and old. Travis meets an outlier, a weirdo named Hatton, during his second round of high school. His no-holds-bar honesty provided comedic relief and he was hands down my favorite character. Although Travis pulled on the heart strings, I feel more for poor Cate the girlfriend. Rather, ex-girlfriend. That girl goes through a roller coaster of emotions and she is so patient with Travis. Travis wants nothing more to pick up where they left off, but Cate has moved on. I just couldn't imagine going through what Cate went through. She's basically a saint. The surprising twist with Travis's family was almost too much to bear.
This story is bound to spark some serious conversations. How would you live your life if you got a second chance? Would you, could you put your life on hold for someone for five years? So many things to think about. Ignore the science and the, for now, maybe sort of impossibilities of a kid getting his head sewn on another body and having zero complications. Just roll with it....it's a fantastic ride!