I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

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 Funera How do you deal with a hole in your life? Do you grieve? Do you drink? Do yo...

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Title:I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain
Author:Will Walton
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0545709563
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Reviews

  • Jessica
    Jun 12, 2018
    This is the weirdest, most heart-rending thing I've read in a long time. A mix of novel-in-verse and stream-of-consciousness, it had no narrative structure and bounced from present to past with no warning other than verb tenses. And yet it was a beautiful meditation on heartbreak, grie...
  • Janet
    Nov 19, 2017
    How in the world do I review this book? It's a love poem; it's a eulogy; it's poetry; it's prose; it's uplifting; it's heart-cracking. I'm one of the luckiest people in the world to know Will Walton personally, and it's such rare and wonderful magic to read a book that so beautifully r...
  • Hannah
    Jan 25, 2018
    It's not often I read a book in one sitting, but this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Avery's world, shattered by betrayal and grief and reassembled with the help of a passel of poets will reel you in, rock you gently back and forth, and release you into the world, transformed. ...
  • Kayley Hyde
    Apr 29, 2018
    3.75/5 ...
  • Cindy Dobrez
    Jul 08, 2018
    Walton has written one of the most original YA novels I've read in awhile. I felt off-kilter while reading it, due to the structure, but that served the story well. Some teens will struggle with the stream of conscious jumps in the narrative but for the right reader at the right time, ...
  • Gina
    Feb 14, 2018
    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 abst...
  • JoBeth
    May 31, 2018
    Brilliantly crafted genre-bending glimpse into the poetic heart and soul of wise, naive, trusting, cautious adolescent Avery in a family blessed with love and bedeviled by alcoholism. ...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Sep 28, 2017
    Being a human being is terribly hard. Those stuck between childhood and adulthood can be the most vulnerable, dealing with grown-up issues without the necessary emotional tools. In I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN, Will Walton shares Avery's story in a format that is totally original and ...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Apr 25, 2018
    Hmmm... ...
  • Sandy
    Jun 11, 2018
    I really loved the authors first book, Anything Could Happen. It was very sweet and great to read. This book that he calls "a novel" is not really a novel. It is more like a long poem but not really a poem. It was also all over the place and it was hard to keep track of where you were ...
  • Billie
    Mar 09, 2018
    It's lovely and heartbreaking and brutally emotionally honest. However, although not all of it is in verse, enough of it is for it to not quite be my cup of tea. ...
  • Rehan Abd Jamil
    Jul 12, 2018
    Two feet on the floor. To be present, be. ...
  • Casey Hannan
    Mar 06, 2018
    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. ...
  • Andria
    Apr 16, 2018
    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. ...
  • Tyler Goodson
    Oct 23, 2017
    On the first day of summer, Avery brings home a stack of poetry. Later that summer, as he tries to navigate crushing loss and disappointment, he turns to that poetry again and again; the reading and writing of it. This book is Avery's bold and thrilling record of his heartbreak, love, ...
  • Neil (or bleed)
    Jun 11, 2018
    Quite difficult to read because of the fragmented narrative but it still has the punch anyway. ...
  • jaroda
    May 29, 2018
    One of my most anticipated releases of 2018, I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN is novel that reads like a poem. Avery is lost, trying to make sense of everything going on in his life. Inspired by the poems he reads, he decides to write his way through it all. Covering topics such as addict...
  • JV
    Jun 12, 2018
    A novel in verse and prose form, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is a unique work by Walton. Shattered by the death of his grandpa, Avery suddenly becomes isolated from the people he loves the most. Told in fragments, Avery reassembles pieces of his life and faces the harsh reality of de...
  • Caitlin Vaille
    Jun 07, 2018
    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 ...
  • Erin H
    Jul 12, 2018
    Such a particular and nuanced weaving for such a short read. Avery Fowell begins summer with a car accident, a cast on his leg, and his mother going to rehab--even though he isn't sure she was drunk at the time of the car crash. Meanwhile he is discovering poets, a potential relationsh...
  • Katie
    Jul 02, 2018
    Very uniquely formatted book -- it's almost a novel in verse, but not quite... deals with themes of loss and grief and is told non-linearly. Protagonist Avery deals with his family's predilection for alcoholism and tries to cope with the loss of a family member and his feelings for his...
  • Taylor Lear
    Jun 06, 2018
    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. ...
  • Jayni
    Jul 02, 2018
    I?ve never really read a book like this before. what I got from it is that even in your darkest times and when you think your world is just shattering apart, you?re never ever truly alone and it would do wonders to remember that (which I think is really true and important so I r...
  • Matthew Hidalgo
    May 19, 2018
    This book brilliantly illustrates the difficulty of grief and the conflicting emotions associated with one's family and friends. The book is poetic and feels more like a grieving memoir than a fiction. The structure of the book adds to the weight of Avery's mind as some pages have as f...
  • Elizabeth Willis
    Nov 05, 2017
    Not a poem, not a novel, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is a story in fragments. Our teenage protagonist, Avery, is attempting to piece it all together: a friendship that is becoming something more, a mother who fails him, and overwhelming, incomprehensible grief following the death...
  • Alex Reubert
    Feb 21, 2018
    If you love poetry, or pop music, or if someone you love has passed away, this book will mean a lot to you. I haven't read anything like it. I thought it was amazing. ...
  • Paige Green
    Jun 29, 2018
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from KidLitExchange and Push. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Genre: YA Contemporary Poetry Recommended Age: 16+ (homophobia, alcoholism, drug usage, casual sex) Pages: 304 Author Website Amazon Link Synopsis: ...
  • Samantha Beard
    Jun 11, 2018
    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...
  • megan
    Jun 10, 2018
    this is hard to rate but i'm going 3- keep it in the middle. what an odd book. i both loved and hated it i don't know how to describe this ...
  • Barbette
    Feb 27, 2018
    Walton is the poetry teacher I never had. He makes me want to eat up Sexton, Berryman, a host of other writers with a spoon. I left "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain" wanting to read other books, and then this one again. I lapped Walton?s words up, because there was a funeral in my b...